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No need for taking medicine: Just do these to cure a headache

When a headache comes on, you want to do everything you can to make it stop. Medication usually does the trick, but taking medication isn't something you should make a habit of and sometimes you just don't have any handy. Fortunately, you have plenty of options to help that headache go away without dropping a pill. Here, we've collected some of the best ways to relieve headaches without medication, along with some ways to prevent them before they start.

Apply heat or ice to your forehead.

Either a warm compress or an ice pack can help relieve a headache. For a warm compress, use a heating pad on low or soak a washcloth in warm water and wring it out thoroughly. For cold, use an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. Put either on your forehead for 15-20 minutes. Which one you use is really a matter of personal preference. Both can work, but some work better for some people than others. Heat tends to work better for a sinus headache because it helps loosen up congestion.

Relax with a bath or shower.

A warm bath or shower can work the same way as a heating pad. Warmth calms your mind and eases tension in your muscles, which can help relieve a headache. Taking time out for self-care also helps you let go of the stresses of the day, which might help make your headache go away. Use a bubble bath or shower gel with a calming scent, such as lavender, to compound the effect.

Take a nap to release tension.

Find a quiet, dark spot and lie down on a soft surface. Close your eyes and focus on letting go of all the tension in your body specifically in your shoulders, neck, and back. Turn your attention to your breath and consciously breathe in and out deeply until you drift off into a comfortable sleep. When you wake up, you might find that your headache has miraculously disappeared! However, if you have limited time, be sure to set an alarm so you don't miss anything important. Keep your nap short! Naps longer than 20-30 minutes can interfere with your nighttime sleep and cause more headaches.

Relieve built-up muscle tension with massage. Gently rub your temples, scalp, neck, and shoulders with your fingertips. Apply a little more pressure if you feel a tight spot.Gently stretching your neck can also help. Studies show regular massage therapy can reduce the frequency of tension headaches. But even if regular sessions with a massage therapist aren't available for you, self-massage can still be extremely beneficial.

Take a break from electronics to rest your eyes. Every 20 minutes stare at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps reduce eye strain from looking at screens, which can cause headaches. If you feel a headache coming on and you're currently staring at a computer screen, closing your eyes for a minute might also give you some relief. If you get in the habit of taking regular breaks, especially if you have to look at screens a lot for work or school, you'll likely find you get fewer headaches. Look into glasses to reduce glare from screens if eye strain headaches are an issue for you.

Drink water to prevent dehydration. At least 8 glasses of water a day can prevent dehydration headaches. The specific amount of water you should drink each day depends on your sex, age, height, weight, and activity level. If you're exercising or sweating a lot, drink more water to help your body recover the fluids it's lost. Generally, you can tell that you're properly hydrated if you're rarely thirsty and your urine is clear or pale yellow in color. This works as a more immediate cure as well as a preventive measure if your headache was caused by dehydration.

Exercise regularly to help prevent headaches.

Get some cardio exercise most days of the week. Something as simple as a brisk walk for 20-30 minutes improves your cardiovascular fitness and helps keep headaches at bay. One study even found that regular exercise (in combination with relaxation practice) was as effective as a prescription drug at reducing the rate of migraines! You can also use exercise to treat headaches. Even though working out might be the last thing you want to do when your head is pounding, a brisk walk might help. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise can help lessen the intensity of pain and regular exercise can help reduce the frequency of headaches.

Maintain good posture to reduce tension.

Sit or stand with your shoulders back and your head level. Slumping or hunching over strains the muscles in your neck and shoulders and can lead to headaches. Check your posture regularly, especially if you're sitting for a while in the same position. If you find yourself hunching your shoulders, simply roll them back and lower them to correct your posture. If you're used to slouching, it can take some time to get in the habit of sitting and standing with good posture, but you'll start noticing benefits almost immediately.

Method 9Try relaxation techniques to reduce stress. Deep breathing exercises and meditation help deal with the daily grind. Stress is one of the biggest causes of tension headaches. Whenever you start to feel stressed, taking a minute or two to focus on your breath helps you calm down and cope

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