A recent research suggests that when you overuse painkillers it can make you immune to the effects of the medicine, thus starting a vicious circle that can cause more headaches. Whether it is a migraine, a cluster headache or a tension headache, let’s admit it, not only is the headache disorienting, but can also leave you incapacitated till the time it totally goes away.
Have you ever thought that rather than popping a painkiller, there are some lifestyle remedies that you can try to get rid of the blinding pain? We’ve listed a couple of remedies that can work for you.
Drink a Glass of Water
Dehydration is one of the major causes of a headache. Include lots of water and fresh fruit beverages in your diet all through the day. Avoid sodas and caffeine, instead opt for coconut water, plain water or add a dash of lime to the water for some flavour. Keep yourself adequately hydrated so that you don’t feel tired.
Indulge in Hydrotherapy
Have you tried hydrotherapy to get rid of the nagging headache? All you need to do is stand in hot water (as hot as you can take) for 2 minutes. Standing in hot water increases the blood flow to the skin. Then stand in cold water (as cold as you can take) for two minutes. This sends blood to the core of the body. Alternate between hot and cold water for at least 15-20 minutes, when you do this it increases the blood flow and circulation in your body and brings nutrients to the organs and helps to flush out the toxins.
Get adequate sleep
Find a cool, dark, quiet room and take a 10-15 minute nap. This can help reduce the intensity of the headache. Ensure that you have a minimum of six hours of sleep at night to reduce the occurrence of headaches. If you have been having a disturbed sleep or irregular sleeping patterns, it can trigger a headache.
Massage the pain away
One of the best ways of getting rid of a headache is opting for a massage. Rub the temples in a circular motion or have some massage the neck and shoulders with as much pressure that you can take. A massage helps to ease the muscles and provide immediate relief.
Relax with Essential Oils
The essential oils of eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint when mixed with carrier oils and used for a massage can help reduce the headache. Essential oils can be used topically or as a fragrance by using it in diffusers. Essential oils in its purest form can aid in the healing process.
Exercising helps to increase the blood circulation and the inhaling of the fresh air helps to relieve the headache. Go for a walk and breathe in the fresh air, you’ll feel better! Physical activity is known to relieve muscle tension and helps you relax.
If your job revolves around staring at a computer screen for long hours, it can intensify the headache. To avoid eyestrain, you will need to take frequent breaks from your monitor. Get up at least once every fifteen minutes and focus your eyes on any object that is at least thirty feet away. Adjust the brightness and the contrast on your monitor so that the glare is not too hard on your eyes.
Use a compress
Use a cold compress and apply on your head to alleviate the pain. The Omved Breathe Easy Eye Mask should be stored in the fridge for at least an hour before application. If you don’t have a compress, keep a soft towel in the freezer for 15 minutes and then apply it on your head. If you have a neck ache that is caused due to the tensed muscles, then use a hot compress and place it on the nape of the neck to loosen up the muscles that can ease the pain.
A headache or any pain in our body is the nature’s way of telling us that we need to slow down and take rest. Do you have your own natural remedy to get rid of a headache? Let us know and we’ll publish it in our social medias. Write to us at [email protected]
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