Headaches are a common health problem with more than 10 million people in the UK suffering from them. They can be caused by many different things but for the majority of people the main causes are stress, anxiety, dehydration, not eating enough or not getting enough sleep. Medication can be used to treat headache symptoms but these are temporary fixes if you have recurring headaches. In order to relieve both the number and severity of your headaches a few lifestyle changes may be needed. Ensure you drink plenty of water everyday, do not skip any meals and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
Enjoying time alone is a good way to relieve some stress and allows you to do the things you want to do instead of just the things you have to do. Making the time to enjoy hobbies or relaxing activities gives you the chance to clear your mind and become refreshed. Aim to find half an hour each day that is specifically for some ‘me time’. During this half hour try to avoid technology such as phones or laptops and spend some time exercising, reading, getting pampered or even learn a new skill or take up a new hobbie. This alone time should give you renewed energy and relieve built up stress from day to day life. If stress or anxiety are causing your headaches then you should try theraputic treatments that are aimed at relaxation and stress reduction. Relaxing reatments such as massages will also help relieve tension and reduce stress.
The Indian head massage is a ancient therapy that is based on acupressure massage. The therapist uses deep but gentle pressure point massage to the upper back, neck, shoulders, scalp and face. The benefits of an Indian head massage include: alleviating built up tension, improving circulation, reducing the symptoms of stress, insomnia and anxiety as well as renewing energy levels.
If headaches are persistent we would recommend always seeking medical attention first.