Headaches are the absolute worst. They can be so debilitating and last for days, so when I get one I want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Since I started my degree, I’ve found that I’ve been getting headaches more often. They can be brought on by stress or lack of sleep, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been getting them so often. I can’t remember the last time I went a whole week without a headache!
Ways to deal with a headache
I spend a lot of my life looking at my laptop screen, which is one of the reasons why I can get headaches so often. I’ve had to find ways to deal with headaches so they don’t affect my day to day life. Here’s my top tops for when you feel a headache coming on or you’ve been dealing with headaches for a while.
Get your eyes tested
A few years ago I was getting a really bad headache every day – some days it was turning into a migraine. I thought that it was a side effect of some medication that I was taking. Someone suggested that I go and get my eyes tested though, which I did. My vision was fine (or so I thought) and I didn’t think I would need glasses. It turned out that I did need glasses and as my job involved a computer screen, I needed glasses with an anti-glare lens coating. Since then, my prescription has changed again (I started getting headaches again, so went for another eye test) but as long as I wear my glasses when I’m on my laptop, I’m usually okay.
Find a quiet spot
It’s not always possible, depending on when and where I get a headache but finding a quiet spot can really help. If I’m at home when I get one, the first thing I will do is take myself to bed. I’ll put my blinds down or draw my curtains to keep the sun out and lie down. Sometimes all I need is a bit of rest and quiet to get rid of my headache!
When I’m out and about and there’s nothing else I can do, the first thing I do is take painkillers for a headache. There’s nothing worse than being out in public when your head is banging. I find that anything that’s specifically targeted to fight headaches is ideal and gets to work straight away. As I suffer from chronic pain, I always make sure I have painkillers on me.
Avoiding certain foods
I’ve found that certain foods can trigger headaches for me. If I have food that is really greasy, I get the most awful headache. I noticed this when I was in Florida and had some chicken – even the thought of it now is making me feel a bit queasy! I try to avoid greasy, battered food as much as possible and when I do have it, I don’t have a lot. Sometimes my headaches are also caused by too much sugar, so I try to avoid too much fizzy pop and I don’t eat a lot of sweets.
Getting a decent night’s sleep
If I’m tired then I’m more likely to get a headache. I’ve not got the best sleeping pattern if I’m honest; I’m often awake until 3am and then spend the next day tired. I also like to take naps in the afternoon. This isn’t great and more often than not, I’ll end up with a headache. It’s best if I go to bed at midnight or before and get a full 8 hours sleep.
I do occasionally suffer from migraines which are a lot worse than headaches. They start off in my eyes – I get blurry vision and struggle to see. The pain doesn’t come straight away, but when it does, it’s awful. Luckily, I don’t tend to get migraines very often. There was a period when I was getting them every day, so I went to get my eyes tested. I didn’t realise I needed glasses and as soon as I got them, everything improved!