Tips for Headache Prevention

There’s a direct link between relieving your headache and preventing it altogether — namely, making lifestyle choices the can help prevent future headaches. Of course not everybody with the same lifestyle habits will experience headaches, but if you do, it may be time to make some simple adjustments. That way, your active days are less likely to get interrupted by headaches. 

  • Avoid known triggers. Some headaches have known causes — certain foods and beverages, bright lights, loud noises, strong odours or smoke-filled rooms to name a few. (Read more about common triggers in the About Your Headaches section.) If you’re not sure about what triggers your headache, try keeping a “headache log” and see if any patterns arise. 
  • Avoid excessive alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause hangover headaches.
  • Manage your stress. Be proactive about your stress by practicing relaxation and deep breathing exercises, have a massage or get some real down time from your hectic life — even if that means taking a “stay-cation”.
  • Get better quality sleep. Set yourself up for a good night’s sleep. Here's how.
  • Eat right. Eat well-balanced meals and get enough fluids to help you stay nourished and hydrated.
  • Get active. Even a little exercise will help you manage stress, which could help prevent recurring tension headaches. Take the stairs, enjoy a yoga class, go for regular walks or join a fitness club — all are great ways to increase your exercise level.
  • Keep your body temperature in check. Dress sensibly both indoors and out.
  • Be travel wise. Travelling to a different time-zone means your body needs time to adjust and get over jet lag.
  • Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about medication you’re taking. Some medication (like birth control pills, high blood-pressure medication and nitroglycerin) could cause headaches or make them worse. Ask your healthcare professional about side effects and possible solutions.

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