Pain is considered as the number one incapacitating factor around the world. It is also the most common reason why a lot of people in developed countries are visiting their doctors. A lot of these physical pains are due to a person’s hectic or inactive lifestyle. These pains can effortlessly be circumvented by the subsequent healthy habits and of course obeying healthy lifestyle.
Avoid staring at screen for a long period of time.
Eyestrain is a typical cause of computer-connected headaches. Every time you work for long periods of time, a set of muscles eventually get tired and start to hurt, that also happens with your eye muscles. To be able to avoid it, you should do the 20-20-20 technique: every 20 minutes, look at something that’s at least 20 ft. away for 20 seconds.
Lessen you exposure to the sun
The exposure to the sun can cause the blood vessels in your brain to enlarge and raise your skin temperature, therefore causing pain. Aside from that, the sunshine can also lead to the irritation of your eyes that can cause headache. Wearing a hat and sunglasses while you’re out in the sun can keep you away from these headaches.
Take Warm Showers
Having a warm shower helps you to relax tense muscles and can also help you be relieved from headache. Additionally, using some hot packs and heating pads can also have the same effect.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
Nicotine, which is one of the ingredients present in cigarettes, is a vasoactive substance. That basically means it transforms the size of blood vessels in your brain and that can cause headache. The smoke coming from a cigarette can also initiate a headache by instigating an allergic reaction by irritating your nose and throat. Aside from that, the alcohol can also make the blood vessels inside your brain to swell; thus, causing headache.
It is also worth mentioning that the worst headache trigger is red wine. This is because it contains tyramine, histamine, and sulfites contents that are connected to the pain in your head.
Reduction of caffeine
If consumed in small quantities, caffeine can help you eliminate headache. But then, consuming caffeine in the form of coffee, tea, or even soft drinks can get you hooked to it. In fact, researchers from Johns Hopkins University discovered that headache is a typical caffeine withdrawal sign that’s happening in 50% of people who really love drinking coffee.
Drink ample amount of water
Dehydration is a typical cause of headache. To keep those headaches away, you must keep yourself hydrated. But despite that, you must also remember that over hydration can lead to hyponatremia. This is a condition wherein the sodium present in the blood becomes too weak. It will cause headache, nausea, and bloating, which are indications that can simply be mixed up with those of dehydration.
Exercise for Strong Neck Muscles
Neck pain is typically caused by neck and shoulder tensions. The best way to fight this is by performing some neck exercises to strengthen the muscles in your neck.
Try To Have Better Sitting Posture
When you’re sitting, it is important to sit up straight. In case it’s possible, choose a chair that has a back support. If you’re working on a computer or a laptop, change its height so that you don’t end up bending your neck while you’re doing your work.
Yoga can help you be free from pain because this helps in firming your neck and back muscles and freeing them from any tension.
Improve Your Sleeping Habits
It is better to sleep on your back and sleep on your side afterwards. To be able to have a better support on your back, try placing a rolled towel beneath your knees. Use only one pillow that’s not thick or you can use special orthopedic pillow. Remember; don’t sleep on your stomach.
Preserve neutral body position while sitting
When you are sitting, you must always keep a straight posture. This is because it can help you lessen stress on the spine; thus, keeping the back pain at bay.
Stretch the muscles that supports lower back
A number of exercises like lying spinal twists and psoas stretches can help you stretch muscles. These exercises are significant for you not to experience back pain.
Stretch Your Hamstrings
Hamstring stretches can minimize your back pain by extending your thigh muscles. Longer muscles can dismiss pressure on the lower back; thus, easing the pain.
Practice the Cobra Pose
The Cobra pose can help you stretch the muscles that are situated in your shoulders. Apart from that, it also eliminates firmness of the lower back and bends and reinforces the spine.
Swimming and any other water activities can make your back and core muscles stronger. Correspondingly, the buoyancy of the water can also relive the stress of the joints.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Whenever you’re walking standing or running the pressure is on our feet. Thus, wearing ill-fitting and painful shoes can make things worse. It is advised that you look for properly-fitting shoes to reduce the possibility of injuries and prevent foot problems.
Perform Toe Stretches
While you’re sitting on a chair or even on the floor, cross your right leg over your left thigh and then interweave the fingers of your left hand with those of your right toes. Squeeze the toes and the fingers together and hold this position for 10 seconds. After that, stretch wide for 10 seconds.
Stand on a tennis ball that’s beneath the second toe of your left foot. Bit by bit, roll the ball around the sole of your foot for about 3 minutes. Perform this exercise on your right foot.
In case you know someone who’s always feeling some pain in their body, make sure to share this article with him/her. Also, if you know other techniques to eliminate the pain, don’t hesitate to share them with us through the comment section below!
Based on materials from Brightside
Illustrated by Germielyn Balondo for Meow Gag