Got a headache eh!
With all the stresses of modern life, it’s really not that surprising we get painful headaches.
Traffic jams, work issues, late nights or even sorting out the children in the mornings to get ready for school.
I’m sure you could add much more to that list!
And then on top of all that we have a painful headache.
And if we are completely honest with ourselves we would go straight for the aspirin or ibuprofen.
In fact, we would do almost anything to make the pain go away.
What if I told you not only can you cure a painful headache without resorting to any medication, but also you can prevent.
Well! That is exactly what I am going show you!
let’s get to it!
What you are going to learn…
- Types of headaches and what the triggers are.
- 5 totally natural ways to get rid of that headache.
- 7 natural ways to prevent headaches ruining your life.
Types of headaches and what the triggers are.
You may be thinking to yourself a headache is a headache!
But the fact is there are 150 types of headaches!
Now before you leave and go a check Facebook, we are only going to cover the 4 most common headaches.
Of course, check with your doctor to make sure you have the right diagnosis so that you know there are no other serious underlying problems.
But to point you in the right direction and have some idea what type of headache you are suffering from here is a simple guide to show what signs you should be looking out for…
This is by far the most common headache we will be talking about today. It affects mainly teenagers and adults.
The pain is not so as intense as, let’s say a migraine.
Neither the less, tension headaches can be very uncomfortable.
The pain is felt across the forehead and can happen at any time, depending on a daily routine.
- Eye strain (staring at a computer screen for too long)
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Cold conditions
- Driving for long periods
- Not drinking enough water
When we have a painful headache we assume it must be a migraine.
That is not always the case.
A migraine is often described as a deep throbbing pain that can last hours and even days in some cases
A migraine suffer describes that they are sensitive to flashing lights, loud noises, blurry vision and even experience the feeling of nausea.
- Processed foods
- Missing meals
- Old mature cheese
- Bright lights
- Continuous load noise
- Change in weather pressure
- Too much medication
People who suffer from cluster headaches describe them as an intense piercing pain behind one of the eyes that can last up to 15 minutes to as long as 2 hours.
The pain can be so bad that people begin to pace up and down to try and get away from the pain in some way.
Suffers also notice that there is redness around the eye and may even have some tears.
However, it’s also one of the most painful!
- Cigarette smoke
- Too much alcohol
- Flashing lights
- Lack of sleep
- Too much intense exercise
This type of headache is caused when your sinuses get inflamed (sinus infection)
People experiencing a sinus headache usually have a runny nose with bright green mucus and a feeling of heaviness around the ears.
In some cases, people may have a fever and even a swollen face.
- Weather starts to cool down
- Clocks go back
- Change in sleep patterns
- Home cleaners
- Mould and damp conditions
- Inhaling smoke
Ok, you now know the 4 most common headaches and there triggers.
However, I’m sure you would agree all of the above information is no good to us unless we can actually stop the pain and get rid of a headache.
As stated before the easy option is to go straight for pills.
But the fact is there are natural ways to stop a headache right in its tracks.
Whether that is a tension headache, migraine, cluster headache or even a sinus type headache.
So if you are ready, let’s move on to the next step…
5 totally natural ways to remove that headache.
1. Drinking water
I personally like this one; the reason is I know it works.
Well, I feel Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj from Masaru Emoto’s book ‘The Healing Power of Water’ explains it quite well.
It is chronic water shortage in the body that causes most diseases of the human body.
Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches, so drinking some water as soon as you feel a headache coming on is going to be a massive help in stopping that headache pain.
This can happen quicker than you think! Depending on how dehydrated you are.
So when you feel a headache coming on…
- Start by drinking a glass or two of water.
- Continue taking small sips of water to keep the water flowing into your system.
- After about half an hour in you still have a headache, repeat until you feel relief from the pain.
- Keep drinking water throughout the rest of your day.
A quick tip! Do not drink water that is ice cold; try to drink water at room temperature. I am sure you have experienced brain freeze, not cool!
And seeing as prevention is better than cure here is a quick guide to how much water to drink daily to keep hydrated.
2. Body relaxation
As a certified hypnotherapist, I know this is right up there as a top natural headache buster!
When we experience a painful headache we are more than likely stressed tense and overwhelmed.
So any form of relaxation is going to release all of the stress that is causing your headache.
Here are some of the most effective relaxation techniques for you try
First up is…
Meditation has been used for thousands of years to help relax the mind and body.
If you have never tried it, you are in for a real treat.
Just watch the video and let me guide you through a meditation that will not only relax you but also help you get rid of that headache.
Hope you enjoyed that!
On to the next…
3. Deep breathing
Deep breathing or belly breathing is another relaxation technique that can help to release the tension and stress that may be causing your headache.
You can do it anywhere at any time as long as you are not driving or using machinery that needs your undivided attention.
And the best part, it is very simple to learn,
Just one thing…
Just don’t fall asleep! Joking aside, here are the steps…
- If possible, find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
- Start to take notice of your breathing.
- Now take in 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Try to get into a rhythm… breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and repeate.
- On each out-breath relax deeper and deeper, feel yourself sinking into the chair.
- Keep going around 4 minutes or until you feel you are ready to come back to full awareness.
How easy was that!
I have used this many times to release discomfort. And it works for me every time. It is not just me who uses that technique to ease discomfort the Navy Seals and Eastern Mystics do too!
In fact, you can even do this standing up!
Ok, let’s move on to the next…
Try the visualisation below and let me know how much it helps your headache disappear.
5. Darkroom Relaxing
This may sound a little strange but it is a fantastic way to relieve headache pain.
When you feel a headache coming on stop whatever you are doing and find a dark quiet room. If you cannot find a dark room wear an eye mask to cover your eyes.
Tell the people around you that you do not want to be disturbed for 20 minutes, especially if you are in a room with people around you.
Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes and simply relax. You may also want to combine one of the above relaxation techniques to deepen your calmness.
You will be pleasantly surprised how effective this works.
Now that you have the natural tools in your locker to remove a headache there, hopefully, will be no need whatsoever to reach for a painkiller ever again.
In fact, I would go as far to say from personal experience that the natural techniques above are much more effective than a headache pill.
I’m sure you would agree, preventing a headache is far better than having a headache.
As the saying goes “Prevention is better than cure!
Of course, there are going to be times when a painful headache will rear its ugly head but the percentage of headaches will be reduced dramatically.
Let’s move on to the next step.
7 natural ways to prevent headaches ruining your life.
1. Regular exercise
In my opinion, exercise is an absolute must if we are serious about preventing headaches.
But, you have to be consistent!
The key to getting into the habit of regular exercise is…
If you enjoy it, it does not feel like exercise!
Here are a few examples that have been proven to lower blood pressure.
- Or even yoga
Do a bit of research, find an exercise you enjoy and keep at it!
You will be absolutely amazed at the results!
2. Healthy diet
There’s much confusion about what the most effective healthy diet is.
But in fact! It’s really simple!
- Saturated fatty food
- Fizzy drinks
- Processed food/meat
- Too much alcohol
I think you get the picture! Not very healthy!
So! Instead of eating and drinking that stuff!
- Lean meat
- Whole grains
- Natural nuts
- Unprocessed fish
Now, this is real food that will not only help prevent headaches. It will also make you feel healthier.
The late Louise L Hay summed up healthy eating in only a few words…
If it grows eat it!
If it doesn’t grow don’t eat it!
I told you it was simple!
It does not need any explaining
If you want to learn more about how to eat healthily read this article.
3. Cut down on the alcohol
Now I am not saying you have to give up alcohol altogether.
In fact, small amounts of alcohol can actually be good for you!
However, if you are having a drink every day, then you’re probably drinking too much and can actually increase the occurrences of your headaches
To combat this…
Save drinking alcohol for the weekends or on special occasions.
You will also find that you will look forward to it more which also adds to the enjoyment!
Try it, it really does work!
4. If you smoke. Quit smoking
I’m sure you know that smoking is bad for you.
Not only preventing headaches but also for lots of other major health problems.
In fact, people of any age that stop smoking will not only be much healthier in general, they will actually change the day they die!
You may have tried to give up before or you are still struggling to give up smoking?
Try one of these options…
- Nicotine patches/tablets
- Support group
The fact is anyone who has quit smoking will tell you that not only do they not get so many headaches but they also feel a lot fitter!
So if it works for them then it can work for you!
5. Get a good nights sleep
Adults should be having at the very least 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
If you are having trouble sleeping you may want to look at your bedtime routine.
Try this before you go to bed every night
- Don’t eat and drink anything 2 hours before you go to bed
- If you can try to start winding down. Dim the lights or light some candles to create a relaxing atmosphere.
- When you feel yourself getting tired make your way to your bed. If you have a TV in your room unplug it or remove it completely. Your bed is now only for making love and sleeping!
- Once you are in bed focus on your breathing until you drop off into a deep sleep. If you still find it difficult to drop off to sleep one of the relaxation methods we spoke about earlier should help.
The key to this method is keeping the same routine 95% of the time.
Give it a go you have nothing to lose!
6. Staying hydrated
We spoke earlier about how to stop a headache when it rears its ugly head with drinking lots of water.
But what I did not mention is that if you have a headache your body is already shouting give me some freaking water right now!
So, the best way to prevent yourself getting dehydrated is to drink plenty of water throughout your day.
This is a good habit to get into!
7. Reduce stress
This is by far the most effective thing you can do right now if want to prevent headaches occurring on a regular basis
Chronic stress is a major contributor in developing frequent headaches and other chronic health problems
With our busy lives, we are always on the go and more than likely do not even know we are even feeling stressed!
But, everybody reacts to stress in different ways, so it can be hard to nail down what you’re actually stressed about!
Our behaviours and action can give us clues…
- Eating too much
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Out of character mood swings
Also, we need to a step back and look at what our stress triggers are!
Basically, what is worrying you the most?
It may be…
- Work problems
- Family issues
- Money problems
- Chronic illness
The good news is!
That once you know what the problems are you can manage your stress more effectively!
Here are some ways you can manage stress more effectively…
Don’t expect too much of yourself
Trying to please everyone and control every situation is impossible.
But there are small things that you can do to reduce stress.
You may be rushing around in the mornings to get ready for work because in the back of your mind if I don’t leave soon I am going to be stuck in traffic for hours!
Why not try getting up a bit earlier or have everything ready the night before. Just through planning and change of routine, your stress could be reduced.
This simple change will give more time in the mornings instead of rushing around and feeling stressed.
Also, throughout the day, if you feel that you don’t have the time to do a task, learn to say no!
We have all been there, we said yes to something and then realised we have little or no time to do it.
So, we try to fit it in or rush it! Mainly because we don’t want to let the person down!
But if you said no! Sorry! I have not got the time I am sure the person would be fine with it! And find someone else or just wait until you do have the time?
There are only 24 hours in the day, not 30. as much as we wish that were the case.
Talk to them
This may also apply to family and friends or even the mortgage company!
If you talk to them about your problems in my experience it can be a massive relief. It’s better than burying our heads in the sand and hoping the problem will just go away.
In fact, just simply talking about our problems can be enough to reduce stress in our lives.
Now, you may have a boss that is always on your case, always putting you down and you are just plain fed up with it!
It just seems to be you!
Why not try talking to him/her face to face.
Ok, it might be a bit scary. At least you will get an answer either way!
The thing is your boss might be having his own problems, and therefore might not even know that you’re feeling this way.
So a simple chat just might make your boss realise how he/she has been treating you!
Of course, you may get a negative reaction?
So you may want to start looking at other options! Like getting another job!
The thing is your health is more important!
Make time relax!
For me, as a hypnotherapist, taking the time to relax is one of the most important things you can do to reduce stress.
And one the best ways to relax is through your breathing.
You only need 15 to 20 minutes a day and a place where you will not be disturbed. The best times are either in the morning just as you wake up or just before you go to sleep.
Whatever you choose just make sure you don’t speed through it!
This is your time to relax and to enjoy the experience.
To start to relax, close your eyes and gently breathe in through your nose and slowly out through your mouth.
Try to get into a nice slow rhythm,
If any thoughts come up just let them go.
This may take a bit of getting used too, as your mind is always bringing up thoughts.
Keep going as long as you can, then come back to full awareness!
If you find it difficult to relax, listen to relaxing sounds of nature or our relaxation mp3
Or go back to the videos we looked at earlier.
Now, if you get into the habit of doing this every day you will simply be amazed at the results!
We have covered a lot today but now you have tools in your locker to stop and prevent headaches without even looking for your pills.
Take the responsibility for your own wellbeing and health. The benefits will far outweigh the thought of living with chronic headaches for the rest of your life.
Please comment below if you would like to share any other natural method that has cured or prevented a headache.
Please do ask if you have any questions, I love to help!
Until the next time,