Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How to prevent headache at works

9 Effective Ways to Beat a Headache at Work

Work is stressful. It produces headaches. And headaches can be
severely debilitating if you do not know how to deal with them
properly. In this post I'm going to show you 9 really effective ways
to beat a headache at work.

9 Effective Ways to Beat a Headache at Work

1. Drink some water

One of the first things you should do if you get a headache is
re-hydrate yourself. A lot of headaches are caused by a lack of fluids
– especially if you are sitting in a warm office all day, skipping
meals and eating salty snacks!

I find that if I am working on the computer and I don't drink any
water I get a headache pretty soon. If I drink water the headache is
gone within about half and hour. I have read a lot of studies showing
that water can be used for the purpose. Some people will disagree but
it seems to work for me.

2. Stretch your neck

Talking to my Chinese doctor recently I asked him whether a bad neck
will cause headaches on a regular basis. He told me that the main
source of headaches is a tight or out of place neck. 90% of the
headaches that he treats are cured by working with the neck.

One of the best ways you can loosen your neck up is by doing a few
simple stretches. Two minutes of gentle stretching can prevent hours
of headaches.

This first stretch is done by simple placing your hand on the top of
your head and gently pulling your ear down towards your shoulder. You
should feel a stretch in the neck on the opposite side.

This second stretch is done by placing your hands on the top of your
head and pulling your head forward with your hands at the same time as
your neck pushes backwards against the pressure. It is almost as if
you are trying to push the top of your neck higher into the sky.

There are plenty of stretches you can do for your neck. Take is slowly
and don't do any stretch until you have researched it properly and are
sure you are doing it correctly.

3. Learn some simple acupressure points

Acupressure is part of the ancient Chinese medical arts and it has
been used to successfully treat headaches for thousands of years. The
pressure points relating to headaches are designed to loosen up
tension and open up your internal energy channels so that the "chi" or
energy flows in a more unobstructed manner.

Let me tell you, this stuff works. My girlfriend had been suffering
from massive migraines her whole life. She had tried every
pharmaceutical drug, physio, chiro and even had CAT scans to see if
there was anything wrong. Nothing worked. Eventually I persuaded her
to go to a Chinese doctor and within two weeks her headaches were
gone. Now she gets a monthly refresher and she hasn't had a migraine

This acupressure point is called the Tiger's Jaw. It is a basic
pressure point that you can use every time you get a headache.
However, you should avoid this point if you are pregnant or have other
health issues – then it isn't so good.

To find the pressure point simply press your thumb and index finger
together and find the highest point on the muscle. Relax your hand.
Then, using your other thumb, firmly press the point upwards towards
the index finger bone that runs through your hand. It will hurt. This
is good. Hold the point for about a minute.

4. Discover the magic of headache fighting teas

When I was in India in 2005 I discovered a hot drink called a "Lemon,
Ginger and Honey Tea". The three ingredients, when mixed together,
form a powerful healing agent that has been used in Indian medicine
for over a thousand years. It is also wonderful for treating

I first discovered this drink in my local Indian eating hole. I went
to the same restaurant in the town of Bodhgaya for two weeks in a row
and struck up a friendship with the manager. He brought me this drink
one morning when I was feeling sick and said, "Drink this. I have had
one every day of my life and I have never caught a cold or had a
headache." I didn't believe him but his friends who also worked in the
restaurant claimed it had done similar things for them as well. It
worked wonders for my sickness and I have been drinking them ever

To make a Lemon, Ginger and Honey Tea simply slice up some fresh
ginger and throw it into a big mug with a teaspoon of raw honey, the
juice of about half a lemon and boiling water. You can alter the
amounts to your own taste but you must always have these three
ingredients together – the whole is much bigger than the sum of its

If you get headaches at work on a regular basis you can simply make a
thermos of this drink before work and take it with you. Or, just keep
the ingredients in the fridge at work and make it when you feel one
coming on. The ingredients are cheap and the drink is extremely good
for your longevity.

Another tea that is said to have headache fighting properties is
peppermint tea. In Chinese medicine a lot of headaches are said to be
caused by problems in the stomach. When you are constipated you almost
always get a headache. Peppermint tea is a good way to relax your
stomach and as such fight that headache.

5. Practice some simple Chi Kung breathing exercises

In high school I was taught a simple breathing exercise by my kung fu
teacher. He said he used to use it when he was stressed and had a bad
headache. It seems to have worked for me so I thought I would share it
with you here.

How to do it –

To do it simply sit at your desk and place your right elbow on the
table. With your right thumb block your right nostril and with your
right index finger press firmly on your "third eye". The third eye is
simply the point right in between your two physical eyes and up a bit
on the forehead.

Hold your fingers in this position and breathe in slowly through your
unblocked left nostril. Try and bring the air all the way down into
your deep stomach. Breathe out slowly and imagine sending the air up
your spine to your third eye. Repeat this for about a minute with each

It leaves you feeling fresh, awake and much more relaxed. Your
headache should vanish sometime during the exercise.

6. De-stress yourself

Stress itself is a big headache producer. We tighten up; tensing our
muscles, frowning at the brow and pursing our lips.

However, de-stressing is not as easy as it might sound. There are a
million causes of stress and as such there are a million solutions for
stress. You need to find out what is causing your own personal stress
and find the solution for it.

Some basic ideas include:

Deep breathing
Looking at the big picture
Drinking de-stressing tea
Catching up with mates at lunch
Reading The Daily Mind!
Having a naughty sweet snack
Whatever it is that helps you de-stress you should try it and see if
it helps your headache.

7. Get acupuncture asap

As I mentioned above in the acupressure section, acupuncture is
extremely good for headaches. And the great thing about acupuncture is
that it last forever. The Chinese doctor is not going to give you
medication that simply numbs the pain, he is going to get to the
SOURCE of the headache and knock it on the head. Excuse the pun.

If your headaches are recurring you should go and see a reputable
acupuncturist and ask them for some help. It is extremely cheap and
you will find you have more energy and a lot less stress. It works
wonders for you health.

8. Meditate

Meditation is one of my favorite solutions for everything! It is an
effective method for treating headaches because it helps you loosen
up, relax and helps your internal energies return to their normal
pattern. From an Eastern medicine point of view, most headaches are
caused by problems with the flow of these energies. Sort out the
energies and you sort out the headache.

If you aren't sure what type of meditation to do for a headache it is
a good idea to experiment with the ones that seem to relax you. Simple
breathing meditation or mindfulness meditation are some of my

9. Take some Aspirin

The easy way out. I don't normally like to take pain killers because I
don't feel like it is a long term solution – it is like a band aid on
a bullet wound. But, sometimes you need fast relief in order to be
your best at work. Perhaps an aspirin is something you can do in the
short term until you discover a long term cure.

Aspirin is a better solution that other pain killers because it is an
anti-inflammatory that is also quite good for your blood. As an
anti-inflammatory aspirin can help your body fight off the bugs that
are causing a headache – assuming that is what is causing it.

Don't take any painkillers without medical advice though. I am not a
doctor. Aspirin is simply my personal preference.

Conclusion on work headaches

Usually a headache can be solved with one of these simple solutions.
However, in some cases a headache is an indication of a more serious
health problem. If you find that your headaches are regular and
without an ascertainable cause you should head to your doctor to get a
check up. Don't be afraid – just get it out of the way so you can stop
thinking about it.

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