Headaches Suck….I mean they really suck.
I used to get quite a few of them, so I know. With over 150 types of headaches, it’s no wonder they can be so challenging to diagnose. Even when a correct diagnosis is found, they can still be very difficult to treat. They can often leave doctors at their wits end. Treating your headache can give your doctor a headache!
It’s no wonder that the majority of headache sufferers don’t even seek out medical care. I typically find out if someone has headaches when they nonchalantly tell me. This often occurs as I’m treating a different area of concern such as back pain or carpal tunnel. When I ask why they hadn’t mentioned it, people tell me “It’s just a headache” and not that big of a deal. Also that they only get “the normal amount” of headaches each week. When asked how many ‘normal’ is, they say “Daily, but really bad ones maybe 2 or 3 days each week”.
The good news is that there are solutions to help!
I am going to give you three of my favorite tips you can use TODAY to help reduce your headaches. I’ve found that these three tips not only reduce how often they occur. But also how severe and how long each headache lasts.
If you are sick of living on Advil and Tylenol or Motrin, listen up. Your gut, and your head will thank you! And so will your colleagues! Using these three simple tips will help you stop being so grouchy! All because you won’t have that “my head is being crushed” or “my head is about to explode” feeling.
While simple, these tips are not easy. In fact, I find the most simple of things are often the most challenging to implement.
Our habits and routines are so entrenched that breaking them is difficult. So try your best to stick with these over the next month. You will experience the difference. You, and everyone you interact with will be happy you did!
Tip #1 Take “Posture” Breaks
Let’s face it. Sitting at your desk all day gives you ‘terrible’ posture. We aren’t meant to sit 24/7. We are made to move.
BUT, with today’s society, many of our jobs require us to sit. Often, for hours at a time. You may have great posture at the start of the day…
But then a few hours go by, and you lean in just a bit. Then you lean in more. And more… until your nose is touching the screen.
“Kissing your monitor again?” Bill from down the hall says as he walks by….
You straighten up and get back to work. But 30 minutes later you look like Quasimodo again.
Some people (myself included) can only sit like this for a day before those headaches creep in.
Now that you’re aware of your terrible sitting posture, I want you to do something about it.
Put a timer on your phone for 30 minutes. When it goes off every 30 minutes, I want you to sit up as straight as you can. Next, lift your arms above your head (like you just won the Lottery).
Take a BIG breath in, and slowly exhale.
Ok, now get back to work.
This small ‘break’ with how you’re sitting will help give your body the break it needs. Your neck and shoulders won’t get as tense and sore. This means less headaches.
TIP #2: Don’t Stay Thirsty, My Friends
Dehydration is a large factor with headaches. Unfortunately, coffee and tea (and beer, wine and whisky) will not keep you hydrated. In fact, they are diuretics. All these drinks will DEHYDRATE you.
It isn’t uncommon that drinking more water throughout the day can cut your headaches in half. I will often have patients comment that this one simple tip eliminates their headache entirely.
Tip #3: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Listen to Bobby McFerrin. You need to stop worrying about the little things. This extra stress can cause headaches! And I’m sure you know, excessive stress can also contribute to many other serious health related conditions.
Do your best to focus on the things that you can control. Control the controllable, ignore the rest. If you can’t have any impact on an outcome, then why should you worry about it?
You don’t have the time, or energy to let other people’s work, worries, concerns or gossip seep into your day or headspace. You only have so much band width.
I understand that for most people, this is the MOST challenging tip to use. But if you are able to do this, you won’t look back. I’ve personally found this to be one of the best tools not only to reduce headaches, but to be more successful, and happier in other areas of my life as well.
Well, there you have it. My favorite 3 Tips to help you get rid of those pesky headaches. I hope you use one, or all of them. And if you do, let me know how much they helped you! Just shoot me a message on FB, LinkedIn or a text at my clinic cell (587) 604-6462.