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Practice relaxation

Whether it’s stretches, yoga, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation, learning how to chill out when you’re in the middle of a headache can help with the pain. You might talk to your doctor about physical therapy if you have muscle spasms in your neck.

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Try massage or pressure

You can do it yourself. A few minutes massaging your forehead, neck, and temples can help ease a tension headache, which may result from stress. Or apply gentle, rotating pressure to the painful area.

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Take some ginger

A small recent study found that taking ginger, in addition to regular over-the-counter pain meds, eased pain for people with migraines. Another found that it worked almost as well as prescription migraine meds. You can try a supplement or brew some tea.

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Use an ice pack on forehead

If you have a migrain, place a cold pack on your forehead. Ice cubes wrapped in a towel, a bag of frozen vegetables, or even a cold shower may ease the pain. Keep the compress on your head for 15 minutes, and then take a break for 15 minutes.

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Try to take medicines in moderation

Follow the directions on the label and these guidelines:

  • Choose liquid over pills. Your body absorbs it faster.
  • Avoid ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs...

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Use a heating pad or warm shower

If you have a tension headache, place a heating pad on your neck or the back of your head. If you have a sinus headache

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Don't chew

Chewing gum can hurt not just your jaw but your head. Avoid crunchy and sticky foods, and make sure you take small bites. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. This may curb your early-morning headaches.

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Caffeine is your friend

Have some tea, coffee, or something with a little caffeine in it. If you get it early enough after the pain starts, it could ease your headache pain. Just don’t drink too much because caffeine withdrawal can cause its own type of headache.

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Ease pressure on your head or scalp

If your ponytail is too tight, it could cause a headache . These "external compression headaches " can also be b...

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Hydration is must

Drink plenty of liquids. Dehydration can cause a headache or make one worse. So, keep yourself hydrated. You can use a remin...

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Dim the lights

Bright or flickering light, even from your computer screen, can cause migraine headaches . If you’re prone to them, cover your windows with blackout curtains during the day. Wear

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