Headaches can seemingly strike at random, stick around for an indeterminate amount of time and then vanish as unexpectedly as they arrived. This can leave you feeling a little hopeless, especially if headaches regularly get in the way of your everyday life.
The good news is that there are actually different types of headaches, from everyday pains to those caused by injuries, as well as coping strategies that can soothe or even remove some varieties, giving you the power to fight back and feel better faster.
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Headaches caused by stress
When your brain is working overtime to cope with the stresses and strains you face and the responsibilities you are burdened with, headaches may well erupt at inopportune moments. Even minor mishaps in your schedule can trigger stress headaches, which only adds to the frustration.
You could cope by popping a painkiller, but better yet would be taking steps to develop strategies that reduce stress and help you deal with unforeseen circumstances more evenly.
There are tons of relaxation techniques to help with this, since taking your mind off the hustle and bustle will melt the tension. From full-on meditation to straightforward deep breathing, taking a few moments to chill out and reset in a structured way is a powerful tool. Furthermore exercising regularly can lower stress levels and stop headaches from starting in the first place.
People who suffer from migraines may already be familiar with the signs that indicate one is on the way, as well as the tactics to use to limit the impact, aside from taking medication prescribed by a professional.
Dealing with a migraine relies on targeting your other senses, not just focusing on the pain. A small amount of relief can be provided by caffeine, so drinking a beverage that contains this is a simple solution to the early onset of a migraine; just be sure not to go overboard. Resting and relaxing, or sleeping, in a room which is not brightly lit and has no loud sounds to disturb is also sensible.
For a more active type of treatment, applying an ice pack to your forehead can further dull the pain. If you suffer from tension in your muscles, a warm compress or even a long, hot shower will help.
Headaches can be a symptom of suffering from a concussion after some impact to your head, in which case the type and treatment can be quite varied from person to person.
Some may have hypertension localized at the back of their head, while others may have a migraine focused around their eyes.
Clearly consulting a doctor in such an instance is important, but there are things you can do to combat these and indeed all other kinds of headaches.
Avoid overindulging, both in terms of food and alcohol consumption, to give your body the best chance of finding a balance. Maintain a consistent sleep cycle and, if life is getting overwhelming, take a step back to prioritize your health.