Though headache may be a typical pain, sometimes it can be pretty troublesome to bear with. Personally, there is not a day in a week that I experience minimal to severe headaches. These are either caused by hunger due to diet, eyestrain, or menstruation. As much as I want to relieve the recurring pain, I want to avoid taking over-the-counter medicines, so I often resort to headache remedies.
There are many types of headaches if you search on the internet, but Medical News Today says they are usually short-lived and do not necessarily require immediate medical attention. Most of the time, typical headaches go away after a few hours but you can always counteract as soon as you feel it. Listed down are some of the top headache remedies I have been doing, and you may try as well.
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Disclaimer: Please note that the following tips provided are based on personal experience backed by research. Know that these remedies work for me but it may not have the same effect on you. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.
Keep a topical painkiller handy
When you are a person who gets a headache most of the time, you should keep any mentholated topical painkiller handy. I always make sure to bring one with me whether I am at work, traveling, or even at home. It’s a great headache remedy when the pain is about to kick in, and treats it quicker than not using anything. That is because the menthol activates receptors and counteracts the pain. Where to apply it? Simply massage it on your temples and forehead. Sometimes, I smell it as well for faster relief.
Drink plenty of water
Don’t wait for your headache to get worse – prevent it as soon as possible by drinking lots of water. A glass or two will do. According to experts, being dehydrated often causes our brain to contract, hence the headache. Drinking water helps our brain return to its normal state and relieve the headache in a while. So take the “drink your water” advice seriously.
Have a cup of coffee
Where my coffee lovers at? In case you do not know yet, caffeine is a common ingredient among pain relievers. It helps reduce inflammation and can make your medications work better. If you can drink a cup of coffee, do it! But do not overdo because things might get out of hand. Also, I would recommend drinking a hot cup of coffee than a cold one because it relieves the pain faster. I always take one cup of coffee in the morning and another one if I have a headache. The pain usually goes away within an hour.
Pause from gadget use
Now we all know that long hours of use of any gadgets cause eyestrain which results in a headache. This is a common problem among people who uses a laptop or computer at work, and I know that ’cause I work 9-6. Not to mention most of us tend to check our phones longer than usual or sometimes at bedtime when lights are off – which are pretty bad habits we need to avoid.
While limiting gadget use is nearly impossible especially if you need it for work, always give your eyes a few minutes of rest away from the monitor. Stand up and get some water, look away every now and then, or close your eyes for a couple of minutes. Also, don’t stay too long on your phone screen at night. Your eyes will thank you for doing this in the long run!
Massage pressure points for headaches
This is probably one of the safest yet effective headache remedies I have learned. When the pain gets close to being unbearable, I massage my palm where pressure points for headaches are located. This was taught to me back when I was in college and I have always done this when the need arises.
This pressure point is called Hegu. To locate this, all you have to do is, using your right hand’s index and thumb, press the base of your left hand’s index and thumb finger – that’s where you will massage it. It can be in circles or long press, whatever works for you. The pain usually goes away a few minutes (for me it takes 20 to 30 minutes) after you do this.
There you go – my top headache remedies that might help you. Do you have other recommendations? Let me know in the comments!