Do you need tips to prevent frequent headaches? I can help you with that. My daughter is actually a patient at a Headache Clinic at a children’s hospital so we have learned a lot concerning this subject. I hope that these tips to prevent frequent headaches do just that for you.
1. Stay Hydrated
One of the best tips to prevent frequent headaches is to stay hydrated. Many headaches start because you are dehydrated. This can happen even if you are only slightly dehydrated. In order to prevent headaches from this, be sure that you are drinking adequately. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day. Also, my daughter’s specialist says that drinking Gatorade when a headache is coming on can be helpful in stopping it in its tracks.
2. Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals is a recipe for a giant headache. Hunger can cause headaches. If you are not able to have a meal for some reason, try to at least have a snack to tide you over until you can eat properly. The best snacks are a combination of carbs and protein. One good example would be a piece of fruit and some nuts.
3. Wear Sunglasses
Bright lights and sunshine are a big trigger for people that suffer from headaches. To help prevent this, try to wear dark sunglasses whenever you are going to be out in bright sunshine. Also, going along with bright sunshine is having headaches triggered by being too hot. This is my daughter’s biggest trigger. We know that she can only take so long of a time period out in the heat and then we need to find some AC.
4. Keep a Headache Journal
This is one of the first things they told us when my daughter started having trouble with headaches. They told us to keep a headache journal. This helps you to identify triggers so you know what to avoid and can hopefully prevent them in the future. We record when she got a headache, what she was doing when it came on, how long it lasted and how bad it was. This also helps her doctor get an accurate picture of how she is doing.
5. Watch out for Food Triggers
A lot of foods can bring headaches on. If you can figure out which foods are causing your headaches then you can avoid them and prevent future headaches. Common food triggers include chocolate, processed meats, Chinese food and other foods that contain MSG. It is also good to write down what you have had to eat in your headache journal when you develop a headache. This helps you look for patterns.
6. Take Medicine at First Sign of a Headache
This obviously won’t prevent a headache since the headache has already onset by the time you need this tip but it can help reduce the severity of it. They instructed us to give our daughter medication at the first sign of a headache. It helps to prevent it from getting too bad or lasting a long time. It is wise to carry whatever medication you take for headaches with you so you have it on hand when you need it. There have been times when we needed my daughter's when we were away from home and I was glad I had it with me.
7. Lower Your Stress Level
This is extremely hard to do, I know, but headaches can be brought on by stress. Some stress is always going to be present in your life. But it is a good step to try to reduce what you can. If there is a certain situation that is causing you stress, maybe you can resolve it or remove yourself from it. You have to do what you have to do to take care of yourself.
I truly hope that these tips help you to prevent and manage your headaches better in the future. What tips have helped you prevent or manage your headaches? I am always open to learning more on this subject.