I’ve always suffered with headaches. They started when I was in my teens and have differed in frequency but all in all, I’m just a headachey person. It’s mostly stress or tension and now, having anxiety, you can imagine I stress and tense quite a bit. Headaches are a strange thing because they can stem from almost anything; mental or physical stress. DID YOU KNOW that once I had a boyfriend that gave me headaches. No… Literally. I had a headache almost every single day that I was with him and I bet you can guess what happened after we broke up? That’s right, bye bye headaches! So if knowing the fact that boys can literally give you headaches is the only thing you take from this post then I’m happy.
In all seriousness though, headaches suck. However you get them. They can be really debilitating and throw you off for the entire day in some cases. Whether it’s sinus pressure (which I get every single year without fail as soon as my hay fever hits), stress or something else it’s always good to try and relieve them ourselves with a number of different methods and techniques. But PSA, obviously I’m no doctor and if you begin to get a lot of headaches which you haven’t had before or they feel wrong or different to you, please go to your damn GP and don’t rely on a blogger for answers. Okay, with that out of the way, here are a few ways that I personally manage my own headaches.
The obvious one but I take medication if I get a headache or I feel one coming on. This is without a doubt the easiest and laziest option but it’s effective. So if you’re able to take tablets such as paracetamol or something like these Asprin and Coedine Phosphate tablets * then you totally should.
Drink plenty of water
Even if I’m not dehydrated (which I rarely am, I drink so much damn water), drinking lots of water is always good. For your headache and for everything else! I always drink water throughout the day and probably more so when I have a headache.
Massage your face
This sounds daft but when I have a headache (especially a sinus / stress headache which congregates around my eyes and the front of my head) I always find myself kneading my cheek bones and my brow bone with my hand or massaging my temples with my fingers.
Literally my answer to everything these days. Headache? Yoga! Stressed? Yoga! Just broke up with your boyfriend? Yoga! Seriously, Yoga can aid almost anything. I use Yoga With Adriene and she has a great video which is specifically for the release of headaches.
Another thing that helps almost everything is sleep. And when you’ve got a headache, sometimes sleeping it off can really help. Or at the very least, you’re clocking out for an hour so you don’t have to deal with the rotten thing! A little nap can really aid a headache and give yourself a break!
Stay away from screens
This is really hard for me to do when I have a headache because I work from home – on my laptop. Literally everything I do is either on my phone or my laptop and requires looking at a screen but I know it doesn’t help. So if you can, stay away from screens for a while and give your eyes and head a break.
Have a bath
I think when you’ve got a headache – whatever type of headache – relaxing is key. When you’re relaxed, you’re obviously not tense therefore not making your headache worse so whatever you can do to relax when you have a headache, try and do it! For me, that’s usually having a warm bath (but I avoid any smellies because strong scents can sometimes make mine worse)
Do you have any tips for people who suffer from headaches? What do you do to relieve your own?
* This post is sponsored by Chemist4U