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How to Deal with a Headache

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It’s the most important part of your body; treat it right.

You know what’s annoying about a headache compared to, say, a cut on your finger? A cut on your finger has a clear cause and can be treated immediately and effectively. Headaches, on the other hand, are caused by all kinds of things, whether it be physical trauma, sickness, or just general stress. There’s no bandage you can put on the inside of your head, so you’re just gonna have to determine another way to ride it out.

When you feel a headache coming on, find yourself a dark, quiet nook to rest in. The last thing you need is overstimulation, visual or auditory. Find yourself a medical gel pack, and either freeze it or heat it, depending on your preference. Personally, I like to put on a hoodie, grab my usual cold pack out of the freezer, wrap it up in a hand towel and place it on top of my head with the hood over it. Comforting and hands-free!

You can also sooth the pain by lightly massaging your forehead and temples to promote some extra blood flow. Speaking of blood flow, you can also promote better blood flow by drinking something with a little bit of caffeine. Just a little bit, though; go for a light tea rather than coffee or energy drinks. You want just enough to get those synapses firing; too much, and you’ll end up with a caffeine headache on top of your regular one.

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If the pain becomes really severe, take a simple over-the-counter pain reliever like Aspirin, Tylenol, or Advil. Make sure to follow the directions on the packaging, though, and don’t take more than advised, or you could become sick. If the headache is still getting worse despite treatment and it’s accompanied by symptoms like dizziness, confusion, or fever, it may be a sign of something more serious, so give your doctor a call.

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