If you’ve ever been plagued by a headache that just won’t quit, you’ll know how hard it is to power through. You feel slow and irritable, you can’t concentrate, and it might even send you to bed.
The good news is that these awesome (and easy) tips for getting rid of the pain in your head mean you don’t have to resort to pharmaceuticals. It’s tempting to pop a painkiller when the throbbing in your temples gets too much to bear, but there’s another way. Five, actually!
Read on; you’ll be back to your highly effective self in minutes.
This first one might sound counter-intuitive, but if you’re a regular coffee drinker, then skipping your morning brew might be the cause of a dull, throbbing headache. It’s really quite simple; the headache is your body’s reminder to put the kettle on.
According to Healthline, “caffeine narrows the blood vessels in your brain. Without it,” the experts explain, “your blood vessels widen. The resulting boost in blood flow could trigger a headache.” So give in and drink a cup, unless you’re trying to give up, of course!
A headache can indicate that your body is running low on electrolytes. Electrolytes help balance the amount of water in your body, so a pain in the head is telling you to drink some water and eat a banana, a piece of cheese, or maybe an avocado.
Your body loses electrolytes when you sweat, so always drink plenty of water when you work out as a preventative measure.
According to Upworthy, a migraine study discovered that ginger can help to alleviate the discomfort of a stubborn headache. The tasty root is a renowned anti-inflammatory.
If you like the flavor of ginger, why not try ginger tea bags or hot water over fresh, grated ginger? It can also be taken in pill form. And how’s this for an added bonus; ginger is great for regulating digestion, too.
4. Hot or cold temperatures
Ice is an incredible pain reliever, and heat has the capacity to ease tension. You can apply a cold compress to the top of the head or the temples for quick pain relief. Or, if heat is more your thing, a heat pack applied to the temples or sinuses will help the muscles to relax.
Allegedly, applying a cold compress to the back of your neck can offset the pain of a migraine. Some strong headaches are accompanied by nausea; experimenting with the efficacy of heat and cold relief is a great option if you don’t want to eat or drink anything.
According to VeryWellHealth, “acupressure involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body.” Sounds easy enough! The technique follows the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, and there are six points to focus on if you wish to banish a headache.
Massage each point for between 30 seconds and one minute for fast relief:
The Yintang point, or “third eye”
The Zan Zhu points, or the two inner points where your eyebrows begin
The Yingxiang points, beside your nostrils on both sides, in line with the eyes
The Tian Zhu point, or the back of your head near your hairline
The Shuai Gu points, aligned with your temples, a few centimeters behind your hairline
The He Gu points, or the fleshy pads of your palms between your thumbs and index fingers
Give them a try! Even the very best of us experience debilitating headaches from time to time, but consider yourself armed with an arsenal of five amazing, pain-erasing tricks. Next time, you won’t be beaten.
Which method works best for you?