I consider myself to be a pretty healthy person and every time I go to the doctor they tell me just that.
But, like so many others, I suffer from headaches and migraines. Today I wanted to share some tips on how I deal with them. My doctor has prescribed me medication that I do take, but I also like to try and relieve or diminish my headaches naturally. So all the tips and tricks mentioned in this post are 100% medication free.
What is the difference between a headache and a migraine?
For a long time I used these two nouns interchangeably; when really, they’re very different.
A headache is where you have pain in your head that lasts for a while. Your head could feel tight, pounding, hot, or even have a dull ache.
A migraine has all the symptoms above plus nausea, light sensitivity, sensitivity to certain smells, dizziness, extreme fatigue and much more.
Ok. Now that I’ve clarified a little bit on this topic. Let’s get into how I deal with them!
Back Away From All Screens
Being an online student, blogger, and internet junkie, it can be very hard to back away from the screen. I used to think I’d get off my computer, then two seconds later go onto reading an ebook on my Kindle. Hello? A Kindle is still a screen!
I know you’re probably thinking, what am I supposed to do – stare at a wall?
Trust me I thought the same thing at first. If I don’t feel like getting up and doing something super productive like cleaning or baking, I’ll go paint my nails, walk my dog, or just sit down and chat with a loved one. I find that just 20-30 minutes away from that bright screen can really help your head feel better.
Bye Bye, Pony Tail!
As much as it pains me to say this, it is so true. Like so many others, I wear my hair up in a ponytail 90% of the time. I know it’s probably not the best, but sometimes I just don’t want to deal with my hair. Anyways, having your hair constantly pulled back in a tight ponytail (or bun) can put a strain on your cranial nerves. Thus, leading to head distress; especially if you’re prone to headaches and/or migraines.
Believe it or not, headaches are often brought on by hunger. If it’s been a few hours since you had your last bite to eat, grab a snack. I find that nutrient dense snacks such as nuts, greek yogurt, cheese sticks, protein bars, and dark chocolate help me the most.
This goes hand in hand with the last one. Lack of water consumption can also lead to headaches – see a pattern here? You need to keep your body hydrated and nourished! I always try and keep both a healthy snack and bottled water with me at all times. A lot of times just taking a 10-minute snack break whilst chatting with a friend can make my head feel loads better!
ASMR is becoming more and more popular. At first, I was embarrassed to say I watched them, but they help me relax and why should I be embarrassed about that?
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. To put it in more understandable terms, you know the feeling when you get your hair brushed? That real relaxing, tingle-y feeling is ASMR. If you go on YouTube and type in “ASMR” you’ll find a wide variety of videos. Some of people whispering, typing, acting, coloring – you name it! We all have different things that trigger our ASMR so it may take a couple videos to find something that relaxes you. I find that tapping and soft-spoken “haul” videos help me relax and even make my head feel better on occasion.
The most common headaches are brought on by stress! Stress is really not good for any of us, and it can lead to high blood pressure, sleepless nights, and (you guessed it) headaches! I know eliminating stress is easier said than done, but try and eliminate even the smallest amount each day. I plan on writing a post in the future about how I eliminate stress in my life. As for today’s post, I recommend asking yourself, “Will this be important in 5 years?” If the answer is no, then reevaluate the situation and attempt to see it from a different perspective. Odds are you’ll realize that big mountain is just a small ant hill.
I hope these tips and tricks helped you guys! I’m not a professional by any means but am speaking from my own experience. Feel free to share your tips on how you relieve/deal with your headaches in the comments below.
Do you get headaches? How do you deal?
Have you ever watched ASMR videos?
Disclaimer: I am in no way a medical professional. Please seek a doctor and/or medical professional before making any changes in your migraine and/or headache treatment plan.
Hi Edye, thank you for sharing this post. I am so sorry you have to deal with migranes.
I used to suffer with migranes, just before my period each month, this went on for years. Then at some point the migranes increased to the point they would happen at any given time. Eventually up until two years ago, I honestly thought there was something wrong with my brain I would be in such pain. So, convinced I would need a brain scan, and also not wanting to go to the doctor and look like I was over dramatising I went online and did a bit of research…..There was a list of things that could trigger a migrane. Dairy hit home for me as I love all things dairy, so I decided to eliminate dairy there and then. I never ended up going to the doctor, It’s been over two years now and I haven’t even had a headache.
I know everyone is different, as our bodies are different, but this has worked for me.
With regards to ASMR video’s …I have never watched one.
Take care ❤
Hi, Lynne! Thanks so much for sharing your story! I tend to get bad migraines at that time of the month as well. My doctor wanted me to go get an MRI done and I’m pretty claustrophobic so I doubt I’ll actually go. I have read that dairy has been a trigger for other peoples’ migraines as well so I’ll totally look more into that. I appreciate you sharing your tips with me! Congrats on not having headaches for 2+ years ❤
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There are actually foods that can be headache triggers. A book called Heal Your Headache identified many common ones. See my Headache Diet Recipes Pinterest board and link to the book onhttps://www.pinterest.com/thelostapron/headache-diet-recipes/
I’ll be sure to check them both out! Thanks for the tips, Ana!
This was really helpful. A lovely post. I suffer cribbling migraines at times but have learnt how to prevent them and what my triggers are. Sadly I don’t always win! I’ve just discovered ASMR and it’s so fascinating. Xx such a postive advice post – Bestest wishes x
So glad this was helpful to you, Milly! I’m still learning what my exact “triggers” are, but have discovered quite a few. ASMR is super cool, isn’t it?! xx
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Such good tips! I am migraine sufferer too and it stinks. I was skeptical of natural stuff working at all because mine are so bad, but I got this natural stick with peppermint and lavender essential oil in it. I swear it really helps! Even if it doesn’t take it all away it kind of calms it down.
Thanks, Julie! I’m sorry to hear that you’re a migraine sufferer as well. I’ve read great articles about essential oils helping headaches/migraines; I need to get some and see if they help me. ❤
Thanks for sharing these helpful tips! I don’t get migraines but I know many that do so I will recommend them when I can.
You’re very welcome, Kathrine! I hope you have a marvelous week ahead ❤
Excellent post and tips anyone can use. I also spend too much time in front of screens – I don’t get migraines but I feel physically off. Time to unplug!
Thank you so much, Carol! Unplugging is so important and it’s something I need to do more often. If I’m online too long I feel “off” as well!
I have chronic migraines, too. These are some great tips!!!
Sorry to hear you suffer from these, too, Kathryn! But, I’m so glad you found these tips and tricks helpful! Have a great Wednesday.
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