If you take medication regularly for headaches, but can’t seem to shake them, you could be doing more harm than good. It turns out that misusing medication, such as aspirin, sinus medication, sedatives, and headache remedies that contain caffeine, for longer than the three-day limit on the bottle, for example, can cause rebound headaches.

Fortunately, there are ways to say goodbye to headaches for good.

When it comes to headache management, remember that it’s a lot easier to prevent headaches rather than treat headaches, one after the other. Major medical issues aside (always check with your doctor debilitating headaches persist), simple lifestyle changes can make so much of a difference, it’ll make your head spin (in a good way).

Give Your Life a Break

Stress is the most common cause of tension headaches. When you’re stressed out, you’ll tighten the muscles in your shoulders, neck, and even scalp, which can cause headaches. You might be someone who grinds your teeth or clenches your jaw, which can also cause headaches by creating muscle tension around the entire head area.

If you’re not getting enough sleep or eating right, fatigue and blood sugar fluctuations can also manifest as headaches. Incorporate stress management into your life and watch your life change. Try meditation – even five minutes can work – yoga, and making sure you schedule time to do things you like to do.

Give Your Eyes A Break

Eyestrain is one very common cause of headache. Driving long distances and spending all day staring at computer screens are often the reason behind the headaches. So, try to treat the cause not the symptom.

  • If you spend all day on a computer, try to eliminate any glare that may be coming off the screen: reduce brightness settings, or find an anti-glare screen filter;
  • Give your eyes a break by occasionally resting your face in your hands with your eyes closed, reducing light entirely;
  • You might gently press your fingers against your eyes for 15-30 seconds;
  • Artificial tears in a particularly dry environment can provide moisture to reduce eye irritation, which can sometimes lead to headaches;
  • An eye exam to make sure your prescription is correct could surprise you

Of course, not all headaches are going to be completely treatable, and if you have a headache that just won’t go away, you should see a doctor to make sure it’s not something serious. Start a few of these easy steps toward prevent, and you might be headache-free and happier sooner than you think.