If you’re worried, please please make an appointment with your doctor.
There’s a reason why the term ‘woman flu’ doesn’t exist – because we know life doesn’t stop when we’re sick.
But unfortunately, we’re still mere mortals -and when a cracking headache strikes, they can stop you in your tracks from getting on with your life.
So here’s six reasons why you get those awful pangs in your head – and six ways to prevent them.
According to Better Health Channel, tension headaches are the most common kind of headaches (we see you nodding). They feel like a tight band of pressure that’s wrapped around your head.
Stress will worsen a headache in many ways. It can tighten your muscles in the upper back, shoulder, neck and head region. It can lower your tolerance to pain. And your level of endorphins may be reduced (which can release natural pain-relieving chemicals).
You can deal with stress though. Make sure you get enough sleep every night. Keep up with exercise – yoga is especially good for this. Do relaxing activities such as meditation or get a massage. Also, remember to take deep breaths, and go for walks in the fresh air when you feel your stress levels start to rise.
Yep, it’s an obvious one, but it’s also a common cause of niggling headaches, according to The Mayo Clinic. Most of us need to drink more water – so have a water bottle with you at work and at home (I have some in my car too).
In the same vein, caffeine withdrawal can also cause headaches. So if you’re drinking too much coffee or tea, your body may be affected when you stop. Just swap some of those caffeinated drinks for water and kill two birds with the one stone.
3. Bad posture.
This is worse in people who sit hunched over a desk all day – but is a problem for everyone. Health Direct claims that bad posture can put unnecessary strain on your back and neck muscles, which in turn gives you a headache.
To combat bad posture you can do back weights to build strength in your back muscles so they naturally pull your shoulder blades back. Stretch out your back at least once a day. And when you’re walking, standing or sitting, imagine a string pulling you up from the centre of your head and stand straight.