Headaches are annoying and pack the potential to ruin your day, hence the many ways to ease headaches being advertised everywhere on a daily basis. Because the causes of headaches vary from person to person, it can be difficult to figure out what method may work for you in a particular headache situation. So to aid you in your quest to be free of a nasty headache, check out the seven different ways to ease headaches so you can attempt to relive your pains and move on with your day.
1. Figure out the Problem and Change It
The first step in figuring out what ways to ease headaches you should implement is to identify the problem. Headaches can come into existence based on a number of things, such as straining your eyes, sitting with poor posture, or being in noisy areas. If you can determine what may be causing your headache, you're well on your way to taking that problem out of the equation and moving on with your day. If your area is noisy, move to a quiet area, preferably one with some fresh air. If you've been hunched over reading loads of casebooks (law students, you can relate to this, I'm sure), make sure you're in a room with proper lighting, take a break, and resume your reading sitting up straight. Just try to remove yourself from whatever may be causing your headache as soon as possible.
2. Massage Your Scalp or Temples
Headaches present themselves in many forms and in many different areas of the skull. If the area between your eyes is pounding, this method may not be the best for you. But if your head is irritated all over, try gently massaging your head or using a plastic brush as one of the ways to ease your headaches.
3. Drink Water
One of the causes of your headache could possibly be dehydration. When you feel a headache coming on, drink a glass of water (cold or warm, doesn't matter). Continue to drink water throughout the day as well. Even if you aren't suffering from dehydration, this method may help alleviate your pain, and help you continue on with your day.
4. Apply Cold Compress
To ease your headache with a cold compress, either apply a cold pack wrapped in a cloth to your forehead, or rinse a cloth in cold water and apply it to the problem area. By doing this, you are helping to numb the pain and increase blood circulation, which will ultimately help rid you of your headache.
5. Peppermint Oil
There are many, many uses for peppermint oil, with one of the lesser known uses being its power to heal headaches. Peppermint oil, which is available at GNC or anywhere online, can be applied to your temples or the back of your neck during a massage. You can also brew peppermint herb in your tea. And finally, the aroma of peppermint steam can also help ease your headache and calm your senses.
6. Drink Caffeine
If you're a habitual coffee drinker like I am, you know how bad headaches can be if you skip out on coffee for a day or two. A cup of coffee will almost instantly cure your caffeine withdrawal symptoms. If you're trying to end your coffee drinking habits, drinking a cup of tea, which also contains caffeine, may also aid in giving you a caffeine fix.
7. Take Medicine
Of course, taking an aspirin is the first thing people think to do when plagued with a headache. I personally like the "Standback" or "BC" brand aspirin, which comes pre-crushed. You can either add the powder to a glass of water, or take the powder and drink a cup of water right after. The crushed aspirin helps it work faster (so they say), which will definitely help you move on with your day quickly. Out of all of these methods, taking a Standback has been the most effective for me for many years.
It's a well known fact that no one enjoys headaches. People want to get rid of them as fast as possible. Hopefully these methods will help you combat your next headache and live the rest of your day worry-free. What are some remedies that work for you in eliminating your headaches? Comment!