I hate pills and potions. I try to keep any medication to a bare minimum – even when really ill. I loathe antibiotics and I detest supplements. The only tablets I put down my throat are those that are strictly prescribed by my doctor and are absolutely necessary for my body to function properly.
When it comes to having a headache, taking tablets to numb the pain just doesn’t cut it for me. It scares me to think that something so small can be so potent as to effectively kill or dim a severe pain in our bodies. If we are eating well and taking care of ourselves, illness and other pains should be approached naturally, not with chemically produced products that come from a lab.
I am a frequent sufferer of headaches. Whether it be due to my anxious personality or jittery nature, headaches have always been a feature in my life. Below are my top favourite ways to deal with a headache.
This doesn’t have to be a professional massage (although this can help). Pin point the source of your head or neck pain and either gently massage it yourself or have your partner apply gentle pressure to the area. You may find initially that your headache worsens immediately following this but if the tension is loosened, you will eventually experience relief.
If there isn’t anyone to help you, placing a cork or tennis ball against a wall and aiming it on the pressure points on your neck or shoulders can be an excellent way to reduce pain.
Again, I am not necessarily suggesting you attend a formal yoga class – you can simply practice a few poses in the quiet of your own home. Lie on your back with arms wide and legs together with feet flopped apart. Starting from your feet and working your way up your body, let every part of yourself relax into the floor below you. Mentally take note of each part of your body relaxing. When it comes to your head, relax your jaw and tongue. We carry so much tension in our jaw without realising and this can be a huge source of pain. When feeling relaxed, just be quiet and still for as long as you can afford.
Headaches can often be the result of dehydration. Before you reach for the bottle of pills, down a good amount of water (think 1 to 2 litres). Avoid anything that is likely to dehydrate you such as coffee, tea and alcohol. Also avoid drinks laden with sugar, as this will only exaggerate symptoms.
Sometimes this can seem like the last thing you feel like doing but it is amazing how its effects can ease stress on the body. Exercising outside is even better, as fresh air can work wonders for headaches. If you can’t stand the thought of vigorous exercise, take a gentle walk through your neighbourhood.
Next time you have a headache, try one of the above remedies before reaching for over the counter medication. Remember, curing a pain naturally is a way healthier alternative to using synthetic, chemically-laden medication.