What clues can I get from my headache?

 

Our bodies give us clues all the time. It’s not normal to have frequent headaches and often we are so used to certain pains and aches that we tend to ignore the signals from our bodies. It’s time to rip off that post-it over your “body-check engine-light” and find out what is going on.

(I don’t mention this in the video, but if you experience frequent headaches, you want to make sure it’s not a symptom of high blood pressure. Get it measured at a pharmacy near you. If it’s over 120/80, you need to get evaluated by a licensed medical professional.)

Key points of this video:

  • A frontal headache is often associated with indigestion and stomach problems. Monitor your diet to find out if something is triggering these headaches.

  • A headache behind the eyes or on the side of the head can frequently be caused by stress and tension. This is the time to practice some mindfulness and breathing techniques (breath in, count to 4; breath out, count to 6).

  • When your headache starts at the back of your head or neck area, very often a wrong posture is the cause of it. Keep in mind that this can even be caused by sitting unevenly on a chair and not having stretched legs, lower and upper back.

  • Dehydration can often cause headaches as well. Ideally, drink ½ of your bodyweight in ounces of water.

  • Journaling is an unusual approach to headaches, but it can be extremely eye-opening, especially if it is a tension headache. Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and really feel into the headache. Describe where you feel it and how it feels (throbbing, stabbing, dull). Feel into this pain and see what comes up. You might be surprised that your headache can disappear immediately with an unexpected “aha” moment.

  • The acupressure point Gallbladder 20 at the base of your skull can be stimulated for 10-20 seconds several times a day  to help with the discomfort of a headache.

  • The acupressure point Large Intestine 4, located in the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger can be pressed for 10-20 seconds several times a day and is especially effective for a frontal headache.

  • You can also apply a couple of drops of peppermint oil to your temples or the base of your neck. (but don’t rub your eyes after doing that!)

Practice this breathing technique to help quench a tension headache: breath in while counting to 4 and breath out while counting to 6 and repeat several times.