Most headaches aren’t life threatening, and are usually relieved by medicines, relaxation techniques and lifestyle changes.
Self care tips:
Find out what triggers the headache and you’ll see how easily they can be prevented. For example, dehydration can cause headache and the solution is simple- drink plenty of water! By the time you finish reading this article you’ll realize how important it is to drink enough water. Skipped meals or not eating enough causes headache as your brain runs low on glucose. Too much sugar can also cause headache, so the best thing to do is to eat small healthy meals at regular intervals. Avoid meat, chocolate, cheese and artificially sweetened food and take riboflavin, magnesium and coenzyme Q10 along with other supplements.
- Coffee can trigger headaches as well as give relief from them. So if the lack of enough caffeine in your body is the cause for your headache, then having coffee is the solution. But remember if you drink coffee, or tea on regular basis you can get dependent on them. Taking excessive amounts of caffeine can cause a rebound headache, which may be far worse than the existing headaches.
- Another shortcut is painkillers such as paracetamol which help relieve tension headache. It’s best to take a full dose as soon as a headache starts. A second dose can be taken after four hours if necessary. Anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen can be more effective than paracetamol for some people. But these damage kidneys, so please take them in moderation.
- Apply an ice pack over the painful area of your head, these are most useful for pulsating type of headache. Or massage with peppermint oil over the affect area. The popular “tiger balm” actually works especially when you massage it properly. Take a little on your index finger and/or thumb and apply gentle, steady rotating pressure to the painful area of your head with your index finger and/or thumb. Maintain pressure for seven to 15 seconds, then release. Repeat as needed.
- Try neck stretching exercises. Sometimes the pain is caused by spasms of the neck muscles. Do these few stretches at least twice a day for 20 minutes per session:
-neck range of motion (chin forward, upward, and toward each shoulder)
-shoulder shrugs (shrug up, up and forward, and up and back)
-neck isometrics (press palm into forehead and hold; press hand on each side of the head).
- If your headache is triggered by the lack of enough sleep, then restoring the lost sleeping hours is a good solution to your problem. During acute attacks, sleep or just simply lie down in a dark and quiet room.