You know that familiar pain that keeps you up at night? Wakes you with a slap, then haunts your day like the ghosts of Christmas past? You guessed it, I’m talking about headaches.
They come and they go, but they sure do ruin a few moments in between. And when it comes to certain types of headaches, popping a Panado won’t always do the trick. The good news is there are a few tips and tricks that might help ward off those horrid headaches, and I have them here!
Drinking enough water is crucial in preventing headaches.A glass of water when you wake up is not only a refreshing way to start the day, but also gives your body the hydration it needs after an 8-hour dry fast. Make sure you’re taking in enough throughout the day by keeping a water bottle with you and sipping regularly.
Take a Nap
Going without sleep, or having too little sleep, is often the cause of headaches and migraines. Making sure you have a full night’s rest is the best option, but I know how hard that can be!
The next best thing? Power naps! Lay down, close your eyes, and take 20 minutes to give yourself that much needed shut-eye to get you through the day without a throbbing head.
Heat is something most people want to avoid when they have a headache. But, if your headache has anything to do with nasal congestion and blocked sinuses, steam can actually help clear out your nasal passages.
This will help you breathe easy, and might just relieve that pain in your head too.
Restrict Alcohol Intake
Okay, when I said “take in liquids”, I didn’t mean beer!
This should be a no-brainer. Less alcohol = no hangover. But hang on, there’s more! Alcohol actually dehydrates your body by inhibiting a hormone called Anti-Diuretic Hormone (ADH). This hormone usually helps your kidneys conserve water by creating concentrated urine, so when blocked by alcohol, the taps are turned on (ever heard of “breaking the seal?”) and your much needed H2O goes down the toilet! Alcohol can produce urine within 20 minutes of consumption, so even just a little could cause you to suffer a headache the next day.
The chances of this tend to increase in people who are sensitive to alcohol. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to how much you should drink, so it comes down to knowing your body and learning what’s best for it.
Manage your Stress
This is a big one! It’s hard to control, but there are a few things that can be done to alleviate stress. Just like alcohol consumption, when it comes to stress control there’s no magic solution, so you’ll have to pick and choose methods that are right for you and work best for your schedule.
- Meditation has been known to help relieve stress, because you’re refocusing your mind. This is a great one if you’re prone to getting caught up in destructive thought patterns.
- Herbal Teas have may have calming effects and alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
- Yoga, like meditation, focuses the mind, and energises the body.
Have a Cup of Coffee
What!? Caffeine in small doses can actually alleviate oncoming headaches. If you have a cup of coffee when you feel a headache coming, it may just numb the effects.
This doesn’t work if you’ve had 7 cups of coffee already. So, if you’re prone to getting headaches, save your coffee for when you feel a headache looming!
Throw Away That Gum
Delicious as it is, gum can actually be a cause of headaches. Constant chewing puts strain on your jaw and can cause severe headaches. Next time you reach for a stick of gum, think twice!
If life’s giving you a headache, go through the list and see which helpful, healthy lifestyle changes you can make. If your headaches continue, or occur in conjunction with visual changes, fever and / or vomiting; it’s best to take your health seriously and speak to a health practitioner.
Move Well. Live Well.