Treating and Preventing Headaches
First things first! There are a few things you can do to get immediate relief. If you have a headache now why not try:
- Taking a hot bath or shower to help relax aching muscles
- Heading out for a brisk walk. Fresh air can work wonders when it comes to headaches
- Trying some simple head and neck stretches
Once you’ve gotten past your initial symptoms, you can start thinking of prevention. Try the following relaxation techniques every day:
- Sit or lie down comfortably, and put one hand on your stomach (just below rib cage).
- Slowly breathe in through your nose. Notice that your stomach expands outward and upward.
- Exhale slowly through your nose or mouth, letting your stomach empty and fall.
- Repeat 10 to 20 times.
Then, make sure you're getting enough sleep and adequate exercise. Try changing your pillow and/or sleep position.
When you’re at work:
- Take frequent computer breaks.
- Don't cradle the phone between your shoulder and ear.
- Avoid slumping at your desk.
The best way to prevent headaches is to find out what triggers affect you. Keep a record of your headaches, and write down what happened in the hours before onset.
- What did you eat?
- What activities were you doing?
- Were there loud noises?
- Were you inside or outside?
- How well did you sleep the night before?
- Did you get any exercise (cardio) the week prior to the headache?