Headaches have a way of springing upon us and taking us by surprise. We’re having a perfectly good day and suddenly this annoying headache strikes and ruins it for us and others around us.
Don’t you just hate it when that happens? Then begins a series of home remedies, starting from balms to steam inhalation or tying a towel around the forehead, or the remedy most people go towards: popping a pill. And over a period of time we end up popping so many pills, our bodies become immune. Then we either have to increase the dosage or switch to another medicine and the vicious cycle continues. Headaches are not hereditary; they are brought about by our own carelessness. Here are a few ways to avoid them:
When you take a shower and don’t dry your hair completely, the water continues to rest on your scalp and makes your scalp too cold, thus causing headaches. This is mainly caused by the dampness. So always dry your hair properly. You don’t need to use a hair dryer, just dry it thoroughly.
Out in the sun
Being out under the sun is okay if you’re wearing a hat. Too much heat on your scalp tends to give you a headache. Also, if you’re out on a hungry stomach, the exhaustion of moving about in the sun causes problems. So eat well and wear proper protective gear.
Too much of a good thing
Have you noticed that if you stand long enough in a perfume store, you tend to get a blunt pain in your head? That’s because fragrances that are too strong tend to induce headaches. So don’t go about sniffing too much perfume.
Staring at your screen
Our laptops and computer screens are so bright these days that they put undue strain on our eyes. When our eyes are under strain, it escalates into a headache. So take a break every hour. Blink often. Get a protective anti-glare screen to safeguard your eyes and avoid headaches.
The idiot box
Similarly, watching non-stop TV hurts your eyes too. Keep a decent distance between you and your TV. Don’t sit too close. Keep it at eye level, so that you don’t sprain your neck. If your TV colors are too bright, adjust them, make them softer.
Reading while lying down
It is not a good idea to read when you’re in bed. It puts undue strain on your eyes. Always sit upright when you’re reading. Also, ensure there is ample light.
Not too cold
Have you cringed when you’ve bitten into an ice cube or ate or drank something extremely cold? Good. So you know, you’re not supposed to do that. It, in a way, does freeze your brain because these things are just so mind-numbingly cold. And when you do that, it obviously causes a headache. Even too much alcohol. So drinking in moderation is advised.
If you don’t have a sound sleep, not only do you look haggard, you also suffer from headaches. So ensure you have at least 6-7 hours of good, uninterrupted sleep, so that when you wake up, your mind and body is fresh and ready to go.
Taking long drives on your motorcycle is awesome. But in winters when you take your vehicle for a spin, you are subjected to cold, moist breeze, especially during early mornings and late nights. If there is a prolonged exposure, it causes agony and ache. So wear a helmet or a handkerchief around your mouth and nose.