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How I deal with headaches

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.

Medication

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.

Do Yoga

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.

Sleep

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

Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

64 Comments

  1. I always find if I read (rather than be on my laptop) and drink water and have some fruit, my headaches start to go. I tend to get really bad headaches when I’m tired, so sleep is one of my best friends!

    1. Being too tired can definitely cause a fuzzy head!

  2. alohalola says:

    Oh I share these remedies too! If I have a bad headache a bath always helps. And I get a pint of water to sip on. I also yawn, which sounds odd, but it gets oxygen to the brain x x x

    1. Wow that’s an unique tip, that’s for that!

  3. Lisa's Notebook says:

    I get absolutely crippling migraines from time to time but they’re all light-triggered. So flashing lights, very bright grey/white light (so when the sky changes from blue to white/grey), light flickering through the trees or on the water. They come on really fast too, literally within minutes.I get flickering in the corner of my eyes which develops into a kaleidoscope effect. Sometimes I get a numb tongue and hands. And my nose starts buzzing. Unfortunately meds don’t help, all I can do is lie down and close my eyes until my vision restores – sometimes within an hour, sometimes nearer four hours. And the next day I have the headache where I feel like my brain is crashing around inside my skull. BUT…. the one thing I’ve never tried is massaging my temples so thank you, Jenny, I will try that next time and let you know – fingers crossed!

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Goodness me that sounds absolutely awful. Such easy ways for them to be triggered too I bet you have to be so careful x

  4. loverosiee1 says:

    i am seriously struggling with tension headaches since my surgery last week. my face and jaw is so swollen and bruised that i can’t massage my face at all! i am praying it’ll ease off soon!

    1. Oh no I’m so sorry to hear that. Hope they ease with recovery!

  5. I do suffer from headaches too, especially from stress and the heat. I’ve had some awful ones lately when I had a cold/bug. I find sleep and staying away from screens is a must when it comes to headaches, for me anyways.

    1. Totally agree. The heat can give me a headache too!

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