Identifying the conditions, behavior, or substances that cause your headaches to occur is the first step when it comes to headache prevention. Things that cause headaches to happen are called triggers. Triggers can include stress, fatigue, hunger, or certain foods. You can successfully reduce the extent and frequency of headaches by identifying and avoiding your specific headache triggers.
In addition to avoiding triggers, there are some healthy habits that can reduce the chance of getting headaches.
These healthy habits include:
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Getting an adequate amount of sleep
- Exercising regularly
- Paying attention to your posture
- Practicing relaxation techniques
- Quitting smoking
- Wearing proper eyeglasses, if necessary
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine to help prevent severe headaches if you are taking headache medicine more than 3 times a week or if over-the-counter medicines are not working.
Medical Encyclopedia – Managing Tension Headaches at Home MedlinePlus Web Site. Available at https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000421.htm Accessed July 27, 2016.