Sounds easy, right? It may not be as easy as it sounds, but being in tune with your body and its reaction to certain things like foods and environmental factors is a critical element of this process.
If you get consistent, pesky headaches and can't figure out why, the first step to uncovering the mystery is to start writing down the symptoms and patterns in your day in a headache diary.
Often, something as simple as a food sensitivity can cause your headaches.
Some foods like cheeses, chocolate, certain seasonings and foods containing MSGs can bring on headaches.
Sensitivity to caffeine or alcohol can also have a similar effect.
Noting the effect of different types of foods on your headaches may help you avoid those triggers.
In your headache diary, also note your sleep patterns and the time of the day headaches strike.
This may also be indicative of why you get headaches.
Is your sleep pattern inconsistent? Do you wake up and fall asleep at different times each day or have trouble sleeping? This could be a factor in the puzzling nature of your headaches.
Also, perhaps you get headaches more often in the afternoon than the mornings, after you've been sitting at your desk all day behind a computer.
Even something as simple as a brisk walk around the block and a bit of fresh air can prevent you from getting that pesky afternoon headache.
Doctors applaud the integration of exercise into any effort to remedy headaches.
Regular exercise improves mood and blood flow, reduces stress and can relieve muscle tension.
If you struggle with headaches and have a sedentary lifestyle, you might find that gentle exercise will help with your headaches.
You might try incorporating more walking into your day or some simple relaxing stretches.
Decreasing stress and alleviating muscle tension are fundamental to headache relief.
Massage is a relaxing and unique way to reduce muscle tension.
While it hasn't been medically linked to headache remedies, it is a proven way to reduce stress and muscle tension that leads to headaches.
Muscle tension can also be improved by a warm bath and stretching.
Further, yoga and Pilates can help stretch the muscles around the shoulders and back, where a lot of tension builds up in the body.
Some people have turned to acupuncture to help with headache relief.
Several clinical trials have been conducted on the effect of acupuncture on headaches.
While only a few clinical trials have been done, relief was reported for headache sufferers.
In acupuncture, a small thin needle is inserted under the skin in several targeted areas of the body where tension and pain tends to live.
The use of herbs and multivitamins has proven successful in preventing headaches in some people.
Studies show that vitamin B-2 corrects small deficiencies in the brain which can in turn keep migraines at bay.
Similar results are associated with coenzyme Q10 supplements.
Magnesium sulfate is also sometimes used for people with acute headaches.
However, the effect of herbs and vitamins varies depending on the person and may not have the desired effect for everyone.
Preventing your headaches may be as simple as maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Regular exercise, proper diet and particular attention to the possible causes of your headaches can be useful in preventing your headaches altogether.