8 Ways To Beat A Headache Without Painkillers !


You may suffer a ‘rebound’ headache when you take too many tablets.
Here are some natural ways to ease pain

One in 50 of us suffer ‘rebound headache’ because we pop too many painkillers over a long time.
Medical advice is to take painkillers no more than two days a week.
Here are ways to ease the pain without tablets.


1) Take your thumb for a walk over your big too
In reflexology, your big toe relates to your head and applying pressure on it is said to help ease headache and migraines.
Denise Whichello Brown, author of the Reflexology Healing Bible, says: “Thumb-walk from the outer edge of the base of the
big toe up the outside, over the top and down the inside. Then thumb-walk up the back of the big toe from the base to the tip.”

2) Tennis balls advantage
Take two tennis balls and place them side by side in a sock so they’re in a ‘peanut shape’.
Now lie on your back and place the balls where your head meets your neck.
Slowly, tuck your chin down towards your chest as if nodding and repeat for one minute as the balls massage the neck.
Then, move your head from side to side as if saying no.
This helps soothe the suboccipital muscles that are a major cause of tension headaches.

3) Gulp down a glass of water
A headache may be a sign that your body needs more water.
Some experts say that when you’re mildly to moderately dehydrated, the blood vessels in the brain narrow
in an attempt to regulate body fluid levels, causing a headache.
So, if you think you haven’t drunk enough water during the day, glug a glass.

4) Eat something
Going too long without eating can trigger a headache.
Alexis Poole, registered nutritionist at Spoon Guru says:
“In your body, your brain requires the most energy to function.
If glucose levels drop too low, it’s one of the first areas affected, and a headache can be a symtom.”
You should aim to eat healthy, balanced meals at regular times, buit you’re out of routine, keep healthy snacks handy.
Try wholegrain oatcakes, a banana or natural yogurt with fruit.

5) Have a cup of cayenne
Capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne pepper and it’s been shown to bring pain relief to migraine sufferers.
It works by desensiting nerve endings.
“A quick and easy way to consume cayenne pepper? Mix one teaspoon with lemon juice in a cup of warm water and drink.”

6) Nod your head
Lots of headache are cause by tension in the neck muscles (often the results of sleeping awkwardly or
hunching at your desk all day). Gentle neck streches can ease muscles tightness and help ease the pain.
Try the Head Nod: “Drop your head down, tucking the chin in towards the upper chest.”
“Lift your head and look slightly up.
Continue to nod your head slowly and smoothly.”

7) Turn off your computer
Too much screen time can lead to ‘computer vision syndrome’ with symptoms including dry, burning eyes and headaches.
“Some people also have an underlying difficulty where the eyes have reduce stamina for focusing or working together.
Others may simply need glasses – so, see your optician.

8) Slip on your sunglasses
“Bright sunlight and glare from reflected sunlight can trigger migraines and headache in some people.”
“Opt for polarises sunglasses that have special filters which block glare.”

Six Ways to Manage Your Stress !

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Stop worrying and start living: here are some practical tips on how to stay calm and in control.

Your bound to feel overwhelmed by stress at some point in your life.

It could be brought on by a promotion, a family problem or even good news like a
wedding in the family or the birth of a child (just the thought of the expenses could make those worry lines more pronounced). And, stress can impact every aspect of your life unless you learn how to control it.

Experts tell you how to stay on top of things.

>1. Recognize the Root Cause

” When we are stressed, our body breaks down, and the immune system takes a hit.”

” Consequently, one may fall sick often. That’s the body’s way of signalling that something is not right.”

The first signs of stress may include irritability.

When you recognize the signs, it’s crucial to take some alone time to address what you’re feeling and what may be causing this.

2) Don’t fixate on what you cannot control

” While you cannot control when your clients get mad or the timing of a crash in the stock market, you can control how you react to situations like these.”

” It’s important to remember that there’s no point in worrying about situations that are completely out of your control.

A wise person once said, if you can fix a problem, fix it, but if you can’t, it serves no one to worry about it.”

” Identify when a situation is beyond your control and surrender to it.

Try to see the humour in situations and maintain a positive perspective.”

3) Manage time better

” Time management is life management.”

A lot of our time gets wasted because we are not focused on what really matters.

Often, our focus is on worrying about the future or regretting mistakes made in the past.

This starts a vicious cycle because when you waste precious time, you will likely to have to race against the clock later, and this will cause more stress.

The opposite is also true: When you live in the present and are mindful of time,
you become more productive, and that eases stress.”

” People also tend to worry about things that lie in the future: will my daughter get into that university?;
will my son find a wife? Your mind goes over the worst case scenario.

What you need to do is to remind yourself that these are just stories.”

” Instead of going into a panic spiral and wasting your present for the future,
stay calm and wait for a problem to emerge before you start worrying.”

” Don’t overload yourself with work.”

4) There is a difference between worrying and caring

Differentiate between worrying and caring ” You may care about your child, but is worrying about him or her all the time going to resolve all of his or her problems or will it ensure that he or she stays injury-free?

Worrying about things is tantamount to worshipping the problem – finding a solution requires a more pro-active approach.”

5) Take some time off to relax

” It’s incredibly important to take daily, weekly, and monthly breaks to unwind and rejuvenate.”

Every morning you could take some time to meditate, go for a walk, or just read the newspaper in silence.”

” Meditation and breathing exercise can also help control stress as they help one to focus on the present moment and this keeps the mind calm.”

Also recommends using the ‘ Mindful Minute’ technique.

” Take a single minute after every couple of hours of work to engage in mindfulness.
Use this time to focus your attention inwards and on yourself and remind yourself to take it easy.”

6) Embrace your mistakes

” Years in the Indian education system which penalise students for making mistakes,
have conditioned us to panic when we make one, mull over it and regret it long after the issue has passed.”

He points out that, in reality, mistakes are great because they help one to grow.

” You learn more from mistakes than you do from successes, and a single mistake, no matter how serious, is rarely the end of the world.

Learn from yours, that’s all.”