We have all suffered from headaches, and it might, unfortunately, be a regular occurrence. It impacts your daily activities, your job and perhaps even your family.
Taking opioids or other over-the-counter medications is not the answer to your prayers and your suffering!
- You work long hours, lack of sleep, busy at home, many kids activities and less time preparing proper meals
- You end up with another fast-food meal in the microwave or local take-out
- You drink caffeinated drinks to stay alert and to give you energy
- You party hard on weekends and have the biggest hangover imaginable
It’s life and we all have learned to live with these poundings and throbbings inside our skulls, feeling as if the damn thing is about to burst.
9 out of 10 times we dive into the medical cabinet and take a few painkillers, lay down on the couch and relax for 20 minutes, or until the pain has been subdued.
We do not hesitate to take the drugs and we rarely look at why we even get headaches. We simply accept it.
Surely there is something we can do to avoid these brief moments of hell inside our busy heads, and drained of energy.
Well, I can happily share that I have not had a headache for the past 16 months.
Bullsh*t you might utter. How do you know? How much medication are you on?
Honestly, I do not take painkillers any longer and have not taken any for the past 16 months, and I happily share what I’ve done to achieve this state, so keep reading.
Scarily enough, it is a very simple change to your daily activities. You’ll have to make these (not all) change if you want to avoid headaches.
- Reduce salt intake, and ideally remove it entirely
- Cut out all caffeinated drinks (soda, energy drinks, coffee, etc.)
- Significantly reduce your sugar intake
- Eat fresh and homemade foods
- Lower your fat intake by reducing oil, butter, dressings, etc.
- Exercise daily, by just walking more
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep
- DO NOT go to bed angry, so make sure you make friends with your spouse
- Reduce your alcohol intake
- Drink plenty of water, at least 24oz a day
- Stop smoking
- DO NOT bring work home
- Get your bills organized
- Avoid eating just before going to bed
- Treat people the way you want to be treated
- Change your job if that is a source of anxiety and stress
A lot of these items (above) are causing your blood pressure to spike and perhaps even stay high, and that will result in headaches and uncomfortable pulsation in your body.
You might think this is insane and unachievable, but I can assure you that it is entirely doable, you just need to commit to it.
My change was forced upon me and I had no other option than to change my habits. I was diagnosed with heart failure and had to change my way of living.
That said, the change in lifestyle has prolonged my life expectancy and also resulted in no more headaches.
On this site, I’m sharing my experiences and recipes that can help you live healthier. Feel free to use these pointers and ideas to improve your life.
I would love to hear about your changes and if my suggestions helped you.
Disclaimer – you will still get a hangover if you drink too much, and I cannot fully guarantee that you will no longer suffer from headaches. These tips only aim to reduce and improve your lifestyle to remove potential sources of headaches.
If you suffer from headache often, please consult a doctor
I also found that listening to music can have a positive impact on your stress levels and will allow you to reduce stress, as long as you attempt to focus on the music and not the incidents that increase your blood pressure and stress.
All this worked for me, so give it a go!