What can you do to help prevent chronic daily headaches? Take better care of yourself.
Look for patterns. Keep a headache diary that includes details about every headache: When it started, how long it lasted, what you were doing at the time, whether you had a good night’s sleep the night before, whether you were under stress, and what, if anything, provided relief. If you begin to see a pattern, you may be able to prevent future headaches.
Don’t overmedicate. Some people who suffer from regular headaches are taking pain medication too often, and are experiencing what is known as a rebound effect. Taking pain medications over three days each week, even over-the-counter medications, can increase your risk of developing rebound headaches. Consult your doctor to see about weaning yourself off medication to avoid serious side effects.
Get sufficient sleep, six to eight hours a night for the average adults. Try to go to sleep and wake up at regular times.
Don’t skip meals. Start with a healthy breakfast, eat lunch and dinner about the same time daily, and avoid food or drinks containing caffeine that your headache diary tells you triggers headaches.
Exercise regularly to improve physical and mental stamina, and reduce stress.
Relax with a good book, soothing music, a hot bath, or yoga, meditation, or relaxation exercises.