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How to Prevent Pain from Hindering Holiday Happiness Part 2

Daniela Rambaldini Article by: Daniela Rambaldini
Date: Dec 13, 2013 · Posted in: Migraine & Headache, Stress Relief, Pain Relief
How to Prevent Pain from Hindering Holiday Happiness Part 2

While the holidays are tonnes of fun, they can also be stressful. Planning get-togethers, bustling through the snow- and slush-filled streets, navigating through throngs of people, enjoying the tastes of holiday foods that may not leave your tummy feeling the best, and packing back-to-back parties that bounce until the wee hours of the morning can challenge the limits of your physical and emotional resilience.     

This kind of stress, when you encounter it each day for a long period of time, can make you susceptible to headaches. Whether headaches are a rare occurrence or a frequent bane, there are natural ways to find relief.
 

    What to Do When Your Head is Aching

    
    The most popular natural remedies that have been traditionally, anecdotally, or clinically been effective for preventing and/or mitigating headaches that are caused by stress are:
    
     Stress:
    - Adaptogenic Herbs: Support health of the adrenal glands and the entire body; increase resilience to stress; decrease hypersensitivity; strengthen endocrine system; help to prevent vasoconstriction caused by the “fight-or-flight” stress response; useful for preventing stress-related headaches.
    - B Vitamins: Support nervous system health; improve cardiovascular health; help improve vascular tone and prevent spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction and/or vasodilation; improve cell metabolism and oxygenation.
    - Magnesium: Calms and relaxes the nervous system; supports heart health and regulates cardiac contractions; prevents spasms of smooth muscle, thereby helping to prevent spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction and/or vasodilation; promotes restful sleep.
    - Vitamin C: Essential for adapting to and recovering from stressful experiences; supports synthesis of hormones by the adrenal glands; antioxidant; supports cardiovascular health; useful as part of a nutritional protocol to help prevent frequency and intensity of headaches.
    - Essential Fatty Acids (and other Polyunsaturated Fats): Especially omega-3 fats; help to prevent and resolve stress-induced inflammatory reactions; support health of the adrenal glands, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and endocrine system; help improve vascular tone and prevent spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction and/or vasodilation; useful for preventing headaches and alleviating incipient and established headaches albeit relief isn’t generally instantaneous.
    - Antioxidants: Essential for adapting to and recovering from stressful experiences; support cardiovascular health; support cellular nutrition, metabolism, oxygenation, and detoxification; useful as part of a nutritional protocol to help prevent frequency and intensity of headaches.
    - Nervine and Anxiolytic Herbs: Relax, tone, and strengthen the nervous system; help to resolve stress-induced tension and irritability or anxiety; promote restful sleep (many contain plant melatonin, which works on human melatonin receptors); useful for helping to resolve incipient and established stress-induced headaches including intractable episodes.
    - Cardiovascular Exercise: Improves systemic circulation and supports cardiovascular health; increases tissue oxygenation; helps to prevent stress-induced headaches.
    - Traditional Arts & Dance: Use meditation and/or gentle fluid movements to encourage whole body relaxation, relieve muscle tension, improve circulation of blood and lymph and improve cell oxygenation; strengthen the endocrine, nervous, digestive, musculoskeletal, and immune systems; promote systemic detoxification; useful for helping to prevent headaches and to resolve incipient and established headaches, including intractable episodes.
    - Deep Breathing: Oxygenates, nourishes, and relaxes every part of the body; helps to resolve spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction; useful for helping to prevent headaches and to resolve incipient and established headaches, including intractable episodes.
    - Acupuncture &/or Marma: Encourage whole body relaxation, relieve muscle tension, improve circulation of blood and lymph and improve cell oxygenation; strengthen the endocrine, nervous, digestive, musculoskeletal, and immune systems; promote systemic detoxification; useful for helping to prevent headaches and to resolve incipient and established headaches, including intractable episodes.

In the next blog segment, I’ll give you suggestions on how to mitigate headaches caused by muscle tension (and shoppers know all too well how easy it is for muscles—especially those in the shoulders and lower back—to tense up from carrying tired children and all those parcels!).