Migraines, with their exhausting dance of nausea and fatigue, are more than just a personal health concern. They are unseen invaders, disrupting focus and productivity in the midst of critical work tasks. These headaches refuse to comply with our busy schedules, often worsening if not promptly addressed, and can turn a promising workday into a challenging ordeal.
June marks National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM), with June 1st specifically observing the impact of headaches at work.
The Prevalence of Migraines: A Nationwide Concern
The American Headache Society sheds light on the depth of this issue, revealing that over 37 million Americans live with migraine and other severe headache disorders. These conditions don’t merely cause discomfort; they can be downright disabling and inhibit individuals from holding down full or part-time jobs. More alarmingly, every year in the U.S., a staggering 113 million workdays are lost due to migraine attacks. Such absenteeism can significantly affect a person’s career stability and financial success.
June: A Month Dedicated to Headache and Migraine Awareness
June marks National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM), with June 1st specifically observing the impact of headaches at work. This event presents a vital opportunity to increase understanding and extend compassion to those affected by this common, yet often misunderstood, health issue.
Promising Steps Toward Better Management and Treatment
“There is currently no cure for migraine, but we are in a renaissance of new treatments, therapies, and approaches to managing the disease,” states Wendy Bohmfalk, Chairperson of the MHAM Committee. This positive sentiment echoed by the National Headache Foundation underlines the progress being made in managing migraines and headaches. If you’ve been suffering silently, now is the time to speak up, educate yourself, and seek care. You might just transform your life.
Your Employee Benefits: An Untapped Resource
Your employment benefits package might just hold the key to managing these migraines. It’s worth reaching out to your employee benefits counselor to explore how your benefits can support you when dealing with migraines or other types of headaches.
Let’s Work Together
In honor of MHAM, let’s work together to understand and mitigate the impact of headaches in our workplaces. Join us here at AmeriLife Benefits and let’s empower employees to seek support, use their benefits wisely, and aim to create headache-friendly work environments.