Caring for Pain Symptoms

Remedies to Prevent Headaches

Most of us will suffer headaches from time to time. They are commonly caused by stress or anxiety, or from intense work activity, or from sleeping badly. Many of these triggers can be prevented by lifestyle changes. Try keeping a diary to learn what sort of activity brings on frequent headaches.

Most of us will suffer headaches from time to time. They are commonly caused by stress or anxiety, or from intense work activity, or from sleeping badly. Many of these triggers can be prevented by lifestyle changes. Try keeping a diary to learn what sort of activity brings on frequent headaches.

As well as taking TYLENOL® as a pain reliever, headache remedies can include avoiding the triggers that cause them. These include:

  • Stress and anxiety – a daily routine of meditation or yoga or simply a few minutes of calm and quiet relaxation is a good way to keep stress and anxiety away.
     
  • Work or study posture – take frequent breaks from the computer, watch your posture when sitting and walking, avoid long intense periods of close focus work.
     
  • Sleeping patterns – too little sleep or too much sleep can trigger headaches. Avoid sleeping in a cold room or with your neck in an abnormal position.
     
  • Food – don’t skip meals and make sure you are eating healthily. We all react differently to our food and drink so watch out for any that bring on allergies which might trigger your headache.
     
  • Noise and glare – everyone has different levels of sensitivity but you need to recognise what levels of noise and glare bring on your headaches.
     
  • Lifestyle – regular exercise is good for you, but if you are pushing it too much, it can trigger a headache.
     
  • Hormones – headaches are more likely in women when your estrogen level is low, as it is just before menstruation.
     
  • Medications – it’s possible that some prescription medicines can trigger a headache, in which case you need to ask your doctor about switching medicines.