Nobody likes having to endure headaches. Not only are they painful and distracting; they can hurt your productivity at home and at work, and in the worst cases, they can be absolutely debilitating.  Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to drastically reduce your chances of getting one.

  • Have some water instead of coffee – Did you know that most American adults suffer from mild dehydration? It’s true. Coffee is the main culprit here, and one of the first warning signs of dehydration is a painful headache.
    Try a simple alternation experiment. Drink one cup of coffee, and then an equal-sized cup of water before enjoying your next cup of coffee. It makes a huge difference!
  • Catch some Z’s – Your body needs an average of eight hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, Americans average less than seven, and one of the side effects of chronic sleep deprivation is headache. This one’s easy to fix. It simply requires that you make sleep a priority. Set a bed time designed to give you the eight hours your body needs and stick to it!
  • Work on your posture – It pays to make note of how you sit when you spend long hours at your computer, and to make sure your monitor is elevated sufficiently that you’re not spending the whole day looking down. Doing so can lead to awful headaches centered in the neck and the base of your skull, which are pure agony. Again, this one’s very easy to fix!
  • Don’t stress! – Stress is one of the leading causes of headaches, so anything you can do to reduce it will go a long way toward reducing your risk of a headache. Fortunately, we know a lot about what causes stress: cortisol, your “fight or flight” hormone.
    The simplest way to reduce your cortisol levels is to spend fifteen minutes a day walking in the woods. Research has shown that doing so will lower your cortisol levels by as much as fifty percent. Even if you don’t have any woods near you, a fifteen-minute walk in an urban setting will still lower your cortisol levels by up to 25 percent.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely banish headaches from your life, but by adopting these simple strategies, you can greatly reduce your risk of suffering one.