Is the constant talk of Brexit giving you a headache? As we head into the final days, I am sure there will be even more talk about it! If the constant indecisiveness is causing you a headache here is the headache low down.
What causes a headache?
Headaches can be caused by a number of things from eye strain, tension (and yes Brexit is a massive cause of that!) lack of fluids, too much alcohol, colds and sinus blockages. Not to mention hormones, dehydration and bad posture. No matter the cause, I am sure most of us agree having a headache simply makes you miserable!
According to NHS Inform (Scotland’s advice page) more than 10 million of us complain about them each year, making them one of the most common health complaints. In most cases it’s not a sign of something more serious, but you should seek urgent care, for the following:
- After a trauma (fall, head injury, car accident, fight etc.)
- Are linked with memory problems, or speech difficulties.
- With a fever, stiff neck, or rash.
- With loss of vision, or when the whites of your eye appear red.
- Came on quickly and are severe.
How to treat them
For most people, simple over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol, and ibuprofen will work. If those haven’t worked for you, don’t worry there are things you can try for relief.
Ensure you drink plenty of water to re-hydrate yourself, some people swear by the menthol cones you rub on your forehead/neck (I personally have found these a great help.) Additionally applying a cold compresses to the neck and forehead are thought to be successful, some find placing their hands and feet in bowls of cold water helpful.
Taking time to relax and de-stress, and thinking about your breathing can help too. Maybe try some gentle exercises such as yoga, or try a walk in the park. Make a point of taking deep breaths, when we’re in pain we don’t breathe deeply but the additional oxygen can help. Usually if we have a pounding headache we tend to hold our shoulders tight, which can add to the tension, so try relaxing your shoulders and lift your head higher.
Many people find too much caffeine, dairy, or processed food can also increase your likely hood of a headache so it may be worth keeping a food diary.