4 Things That Might Be Causing Your Headaches
Headaches are the worst. That pounding, aching, nauseating experience is enough to drive you nuts. And they just pop up out of nowhere – or so it seems. Here are a few things you can do at home to help prevent your headaches.
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What if many of your headaches could be prevented with a few simple lifestyle changes? Below are a few things you can do at home to help prevent your headaches.
What are you eating?
It turns out that many people have headaches after eating specific foods. For some people, chocolate triggers headaches. For other people, any sugary food can contribute to a headache. Because everyone’s body is different, it’s a good idea to start a headache journal to track your headache triggers. Make a note when you tend to get headaches and write down the food you ate immediately before the headache started. After a few headaches, you may start to see patterns that help you identify your headache triggers.
What are you drinking?
Food is not the only thing that can trigger headaches. Drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine, or sugar may also be resulting in your headaches. It’s a bit harder to identify drinks that lead to headaches because they can have delayed affects. Your headache may emerge just as your alcohol, caffeine, or sugar buzz starts to fade. Again, keeping a headache journal can help you identity whether your morning coffee may be responsible for your afternoon pain.
Are you drinking enough water?
Maybe your headache isn’t coming from what you are eating or drinking but rather from what you are not eating or drinking. Are you drinking enough water? Coffee and soda don’t count. Dehydration can certainly lead to headaches. So when you get a headache, ask yourself: Do I feel completely hydrated?
How are you treating your body?
Many of us spend near 8 hours a day at a desk, staring at a computer screen. Holding this same position all day is incredibly hard on the back and neck. Sometimes tight muscles, particularly in the neck, can lead to headaches. If your neck feels tight or tends to hurt, your neck might be causing your headaches. To help prevent these types of headaches, get up from your desk every hour. Do a few neck stretches, making sure that you neck doesn’t have to remain in the same exact position all day long.
Beat the headache at home
You see, there are many easy changes you can make at home to help prevent headaches. Try the 4 different techniques above to figure out which one works best for you.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.