Beat headaches naturally

In addition to back pain, headaches are one of the most common problems and have a wide variety of causes. While one person can get rid of it with a painkiller, the other will have to spend hours in bed to calm their mind. Then we haven’t even talked about the worse forms of migraines. But you can also try to get rid of a severe headache in a natural way, which all starts with learning to listen to your body. In addition to back pain, headaches are one of the most common problems and have a wide variety of causes. While one person can get rid of it with a painkiller, the other will have to spend hours in bed to calm their mind. Then we haven’t even talked about the worse forms of migraines. But you can also try to get rid of a severe headache in a natural way, which all starts with learning to listen to your body.

Tension pain

No fewer than 3 million people in the Netherlands occasionally suffer from headaches, with tension headaches being one of the most common forms. The causes for this can be diverse, with stress being one of the biggest causes. But also if you sit in the wrong position for a long time or you sleep poorly. We keep going because we are busy and that automatically means that we absorb signals from the body less well.
It may sound strange, but the headache gives your body a clear signal that something needs to be done. A break must be taken because the body needs to rest for a while. It is always good to listen to the body, after all, signals are released by this ingenious system for a reason.

Watch your place

If you listen to your body there are several things you can do, one of which is to let the body rest. If you were unable to prevent it, it is actually best to give the body a rest. Lying down and closing your eyes often helps the body recover. Depending on the degree of headache, a nap may be sufficient or you may need to take a little more time for yourself.
Furthermore, holding an ice cube wrapped in a cloth against the area where the headache is can sometimes provide some relief.
Another way, which is more focused on prevention, is to activate the body. Or actually it is letting the meridians flow again. You can do this through some specific, and relatively simple, yoga exercises.

Do-in yoga

Do-in stands for journey inward and that is what you do when you activate the energy channels in the body. The meridians, because they are responsible for the energy flow in our body.
This form of yoga is aimed at teaching you to listen to that gut feeling. After all, if you demand too much of yourself, you will always first receive some moderate or subtle messages from the body and these will become more intense if you don’t listen to them. If you learn to listen to your gut, you can prevent your body from having to send something as rigorous as a severe headache as a signal. Do these exercises regularly and it will help you listen to your body.
Some of the exercises that contribute to learning to signal (again).

Meridian regulation

  • Either sit on a chair or on the floor with your feet under your buttocks. What matters is that you sit with a straight back.
  • Place your left hand against your right wrist in front of you at chest height, look with your face to the left and press against your wrist as you exhale.
  • Repeat this about ten times and then switch sides. Change a total of 4x.

 

Pressure point massage

  • Lie straight on the floor and raise your knees.
  • Now put your hands against your face as if you were making some kind of binoculars. Where the thumbs press against the upper part of the bridge of your nose and the rest of your hand does not go around the eyes, but more openly with the side of the index finger pressing against the temples.
  • Press gently, it should not hurt, and hold this position for about 40 seconds, breathing very specifically in the direction of these points. Visualize your oxygen going directly there.
  • Now press your head a little further back towards your shoulders and repeat the previous thing.

 

Water stretching

  • Sit up straight and extend your legs in front of you. Feet hip-width apart.
  • As you inhale, extend your arms (palms outward) above your head.
  • As you exhale, bring your upper body and extended arms forward towards your feet. Make sure that your head moves in a relaxed manner.
  • Hold this position for about 20 seconds and breathe thoroughly.
  • Come back up slowly.

 

Main role

  • Get on your hands and knees.
  • Now bend your elbows and bring them to the ground, so far that your head also touches the ground.
  • Now gently roll your head forward and back again, as a kind of massage.
  • Do this for about 20 seconds and then come up again in peace.

PS It goes without saying that you should not do this exercise if you already have a headache and your head is very sensitive, so build up this exercise slowly. Once your head is used to it, it is a very soothing exercise for the head.

Finally

Yoga can be very complex, but practicing some of these relatively simple exercises regularly will prevent stagnation of the meridians and ensure that the energy channels continue to flow properly.

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