The best home remedy for headache reduction I have found is meditation and building your inner resources. Of course, you need to consider taking your medication. But meditation can reduce stress, balance emotions and counteract headaches.
Meditating regularly to find that quiet place inside yourself can bring huge stress relief (and answers). But you might need more than that to cope with chronic headaches.
If stress causes your headaches, learning to take in the good along with everyday coping skills will help. And nobody teaches this better than Rick Hanson.
Neuroplasticity of the brain is now well established. It's no longer just a concept. So it makes sense that neuropsychology would follow.
I have been able to 'rewire' my brain to feel happier and more confident. And this lowered my stress levels... see where I'm going with this?
Here are some ways you can do this too…
Try this little ten breaths exercise by Rick Hanson. He is a highly respected neuropsychologist, meditation teacher, and very down-to-earth, practical, and warm-hearted guy.
"Try staying with the feeling of breathing for ten breaths in a row, counting gently in the back of your mind or moving one finger at a time until you reach ten.
Stay with the sensations of this moment - now and now and now - letting go of everything else. Open into the sense of your whole body as you breathe . . . abiding as a whole body breathing.
It takes only a minute or two, but the benefits are remarkable: calming, centering, feeling more whole, more present, more able to meet the challenges of your day.
In your brain, this simple practice can stimulate and thus strengthen neural networks that support mindfulness and the sense of peaceful interconnectedness with all things.
Just ten breaths... can be an opening into something quite profound."
This should help you feel calmer.
To help physical pain... rest in a dark, quiet room. Stress is one of the main causes of headaches, so meditate. Try caffeine or exercise; hot or cold treatments; acupuncture; acupressure; OTC meds. Massage might help too. Or any combination of these.
A common home remedy for headache relief uses a mix of essential oils with peppermint and lavender, which is calming too. I rub some on my temples and my lower back. It helps me relax but it doesn't stop the pain.
You can try butterbur and feverfew but...
Stopping the pain phase is my main objective! I find that home remedies help me cope better but they don't really sort out the intense pain I get with my migraine headaches.
As you might find it difficult to get effective pain relief too, it will help a lot to learn what resources you have available. The best preventative thing I do is meditate regularly. But... the best thing I've done, just for me, was to learn better coping skills.
I did the Foundations of Well-Being course a few years ago and I am doing it again this year. I can't tell you how much happier I feel. I have more resources now.
These are some of the changes I've noticed in my life... I:
It's a commitment. It takes one hour a week... over a year. But once it starts... it goes fast and the activities are fun.
It's thorough, it's deep and it works. And best of all... he says things in a way I can understand.
I find Rick’s gentle approach much more useful than other forms of ‘therapy’. He'll teach you to build yourself up, to resource yourself fully, making it easier to cope with life’s challenges that can pull you off balance. (migraines!)
I gained life skills that will not only serve me as a home remedy for headache and stress reduction but tools to help me feel happier in everyday life. This… is priceless to me.
If your chronic, severe headaches get you down and depressed… consider this course.
My favorite things besides seeing Rick live are his guided meditation practices and the creative activities.
You'll have full access to these and the:
There are many short videos that explain the how of happiness, that guide you into self-nourishing experiences. I even spent time coloring with crayons... something I've not done in many many years.
There is proven science behind the program. I like evidenced based results.
And best of all...
You really can change your brain for the better. This is the best home remedy for headache I can think of to reduce stress and bring changes on practical levels.
I found the Foundations of Well-Being program straight-forward, easy to use and effective.
So if you want these things... don't miss this opportunity to work with one of the best:
This gives you some major coping tools in your tool kit to deal with headaches and migraines. And all of the stressful things life throws at you.
It's not just a great home remedy for headache and stress reduction... after you learn it all, you can use it to feel better forever!
Until next time, be well and be pain free.