When headaches or migraine attack, long-term responses might also be on the opposite side of the moon. We want immediate relief, and if we do not want to take drugs or take several medications, physiological techniques can help alleviate these undesirable symptoms.
In addition to breathing, among the things which goes haywire during a hassle is our internal thermostat. The mind feels very hot as an increasing number of blood flow through the dilating blood vessels into our brains. Changing the body’s temperature aids.
There are two ways to approach this, depending on where you are when the problem arises and what tools are available to you at the time:
1) heat up the rest of the body
2) chill the affected region.
Get into hot water
Headaches generally involve an increase in the blood supply to the brain. Warming the rest of the body helps alleviate the pressure on the brain by creating need for attention from more remote parts of your body like your feet and hands. There’s nothing that does this better than a spa. If it is possible to bathe in a darkened room, so much the better (a shower may also help, but not quite as much.)
- If you’ve got it, then put a little aromatic oil into the hot tub water to encourage you to breathe deeply and relax. Use eucalyptus, marjoram, lavender, etc; some urge neroli or geranium oils. I believe it’s down to personal taste.
- No access to a tub? Try sitting with your hands in two basins of water – one as hot as you can stand it without scalding, just as cold. Use a small aromatic oil from the water, as stated above – and cover the basins and your mind with a huge towel. Stay still for as long as possible.
- you might also try placing your feet into a basin of hot water – again, as good as you can safely stand.
Whether in the tub or using the basins, breathe deeply to a slow count of ten, being certain to breath out as completely as you breathe . As you breathe out, notice where your body is holding tension – and let it go. Try to “send” the pain from your feet or hands to the water.
If you stay this way for ten to twenty minutes, you will be amazed how much relief it brings. Applying a drop of your favorite essential oil on the temples or beneath the nose will offer a plus.
Or perhaps, chill out
Conversely, cooling the neck and head with ice packs – stored in the freezer for emergencies – aids also.
- Use gel-packs as opposed to hard ice packs – they may be wrapped around the affected region more efficiently. Ice cubes or crushed ice secured in a plastic bag make an inexpensive choice.
- A bag of frozen peas will do in a pinch or if you are away from home.
- All should be put on the component of the neck and head that hurts for no less than fifteen minutes. Rest as far as possible away from noise and bright light. Be certain that you keep your skin protected from direct contact with surface of the ice. In all instances, breathe deeply. Our brains are 70-something percent water, so they say. The natural “air conditioning” system of the brain needs constant replenishment. Somehow or other we forget that – it’s easy to become dehydrated.
- Exercise, hot weather, dieting, consuming alcohol, tea or coffee – all increase dehydration. At specific times of day such as mid-morning or late day simply drinking a glass of water may stop a headache.
- If you are travelling or mediation, do take additional care to drink enough water to maintain the fluid balance of your body “in the zone” None of us wants to lose our precious leisure time to headaches or migraine – heaven knows we’ve little enough of it! If headache does strike while you are outside, the wisest path is to stop and rest with a jar of water, preferably away from the sun/heat/noise.
a hassle is not your enemy – it is feedback from the body that something is not perfect. The more you learn about what causes your headaches, the less vulnerable you’ll be to obtaining them. Do consider it – since prevention is always better than cure.