It is so easy to have headaches these days, in light of everything going on around us. With the economy the way it is; having to cope with prices of basic commodities sky rocketing every hour and waiting in line for petrol every now and then, headache might only be natural. It might be at work or even at home coping with the noise in the neighbourhood. They could be as mild as a slight throb by the side of your head, or skull crushing distractions that incapacitate you.

Treatment for headache varies depending on the type of headache you’re experiencing. These tips are quick home remedies, strategies to help you feel better within the time, even if you may be at work, and without even having to run to a pharmacy. Some are long-term solutions for stopping the pain before it becomes uncontrollable and difficult to handle.

1. The first thing to do is to make sure you’re properly hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to a headache. Drink a bottle of water as soon as your head starts to hurt, and try to continue drinking small sips throughout the day. You may gradually feel the pain start to ease.
2. Rest if you can. If you’re at work or in school, it might not be easy to take a break to rest, but if you can’t help it, take a break. Lie down and relax for at least 30 minutes. Shut the blinds, turn off the lights, and focus on your breathing. This sensory reduction can help you relax and heal. Ensure that your environs are completely quiet if you can. If you’re around other people, explain that you have a headache and ask that they please try to be quiet and leave you undisturbed. Why it is important to turn off the light and close the blinds is that often, light makes headaches worse. You can also wear an eye mask to block out light. If your computer is on, turn it off.
3. Placing something soft and cool over your forehead and eyes can help the blood vessels constrict, which will reduce inflammation and may ease your headache pain. This works particularly well if the problem is concentrated in your temples or sinuses. Wet a washcloth with cool water, and lay it over your forehead. Refresh it with more cold water as soon as it starts to feel warm. If your headache is a tension headache, such as one caused by stress, anxiety, or sore muscles, a hot shower may help relieve the pain more effectively.
4. Massaging your temples and scalp. Particularly if you suffer from tension headaches, massage can help improve circulation and relieve tension, which will help relieve the pain of your headache. Place your thumbs on your temples (the soft spot between your upper ear and the corner of your eye). Keeping your thumbs on your temples, use very firm pressure and move your fingers in small, circular motions from your temple to the center of your forehead. TO do a scalp massage, shampoo your hair and massage your scalp, slowly and rhythmically. You may also use a little bit of coconut on your fingers and rub into your scalp.
5. Watching what you eat. What you eat might also affect your headaches. Drop caffeine and carbonated drinks, eat more fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water as mentioned before. Exercise often, and rest as much as you can.
These quick tips would help cure your headache, however, if the pain persists, please see a doctor.

Author: Ope Adedeji