Resting and restoring your energy is essential to keep you healthy and focused.
Dr Elliot Shevel, a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the medical director of The Headache Clinic has this advice…
- Eat balanced meals three times a day with healthy snacks in between to make sure your body gets the nutrients and energy it needs.
- Make sure you don’t become dehydrated.
- Put an ice pack on your forehead to help narrow swollen arteries and relieve tension headaches.
- Avoid bright flashing lights. A television or computer screen can also contribute to a headache.
- Breathe deeply – this promotes relaxation, relieves tension and provides more oxygen to the blood vessels.
- Massage your neck and shoulders or have it done by a therapist.
- Exercise regularly to relieve tension and stimulate circulation.
- Skip meals. Keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating regularly and at least three times a day.
- Take too many painkillers. Your body becomes accustomed to them and they can make headaches worse in the long run.
- Lose out on sleep. Fatigue is a major cause of headaches, so aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Sleep on your stomach or in any position that causes muscle spasms in your neck.
TIP Drink tea and feel fabulous!
In need of a health boost? Put on the kettle and pour yourself a cup of tea.
- Drink chamomile tea when you’re feeling stressed, angry or before you go to bed.
- Drink green tea when you’re feeling tired, sick or trying to lose weight.
- Drink chai tea when you’re feeling sluggish or have a stomach ache.
- Drink peppermint tea when you have aches and pains.