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    17 Things That People Who Get A Lot Of Headaches Or Migraines Swear By

    Whether you're prone to tension headaches, sinus headaches, migraines, or all of the above (same), there's something here that'll give you some sweet relief.

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    1. A roll-on headache and migraine relief stick, which I haven't stopped recommending since I first tried — and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.

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    I started using this magical product (which is made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils) a couple of years ago and since then have told approximately 1,089,642 people about it. I keep one in my purse and one on my dresser, and I reorder before I'm actually close to running out. While it won't kill a major migraine on its own, it feels super soothing and cooling. If I end up taking ibuprofen for my headache, this is really nice to use while it kicks in. Also, if I just have a slight headache or just the beginnings of one, a few swipes of this (lightly on my temples and forehead and as heavily as I want on my neck) can actually knock it out or delay it from getting worse. It's so great to help me get through my busy workdays and other activities, and I really wish I'd had it during high school and college to help me get through the day then! Also check out my full Migrastil review.

    Promising review: "After reading an article on BuzzFeed that touted this product, I bought one for my boyfriend who suffers from awful, frequent headaches. It WORKS. Not only does he swear by it, he has purchased them for his mom and several friends. FANTASTIC." —SarahElizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    2. A freezable cap that can be worn on top of your head or all the way over your eyes and that may look a little silly, but the cold and compression relief it'll provide is no laughing matter.

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    It claims to last for up to 600 uses and provide up to 35 minutes of cold per use. It even has a ponytail-friendly hole at the top, lol!

    Promising review: "I can’t adequately put into words how thankful I am to have come across this product. I suffer from chronic migraines and this has been very helpful when I’m suffering. It’s the perfect amount of pressure on my head while the soft ice packs (that are built in) help too. I wish I could hug the maker of this product. It’s outstanding! I’ll be ordering a second one soon, so that I will be able to switch out when ice is no longer cold. I cannot recommend enough. 10 STARS!!" —Jason Williamson

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    3. Or, if you're someone who prefers heat for your head, a fuzzy, wrap-around, lavender-scented version you can microwave *or* freeze.

    A model wearing the thick blue plush wrap around the top of their head and eyes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My teenage son and I are both migraine-sufferers, often having two to three a week. We have tried all of the head wrap products out there, and this is by far our favorite. We both prefer cold relief during a migraine, so we typically keep this in the freezer so that it is ready to go when we need it. The wrap is consistently cold and provides even relief to the back of the neck and the front of the face/head simultaneously. It is also easily the softest wrap around, which makes a huge difference in comfort, as we typically like to lie down with a migraine. My son has sensory issues and many of the wraps are scratchy and wet, and that will not work for him. This wrap is so soft and smooth and comfortable to wear. But the best thing about this wrap to me is that you can also warm it up in the microwave if you would like to use it warm! Sometimes my shoulder tightness contributes to my migraines, and this wrap is the perfect size to put on top of one shoulder and heat up those sore muscles that so often contribute to headache pain. In this way, I feel like I have gotten two amazing products for the price of one! When I warm it up, I sometimes use it in conjunction with my Huggaroo neck and shoulder wrap for the ultimate in relaxing comfort! Hot or cold, this wrap always delivers, and I am planning to order another! The quality of this wrap is unparalleled and even the packaging is great quality and perfect for gift giving. 5 stars — this is the best headache wrap on Amazon!" —redwagondriver

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    4. A pair of blue-light-blocking eyeglasses to help prevent the throbbing ache in your eyes and skull caused by staring at a computer screen all dang day like it's your job (oh, wait, it probably is).

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    And let me guess, you've been having even more screen time since quarantimes began. Me too, friend. Me too.

    Promising review: "These glasses are lifesavers! I've been working on school for at least six hours a day and have been getting horrible pain behind my eyes. I wore these for a few hours just to get used to them, and my eyes immediately started feeling better. The headaches have stopped from my eye pain and it’s all thanks to these glasses! Now I just want more pairs so I can have all different colors! If you stare at a screen for long periods of time, THESE ARE FOR YOU!" —Rachel

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99 (available in eight colors).

    5. A heated shiatsu massager with over 3,000 5-star reviews because it'll give you the pampering you need and deserve when it feels like tiny demons inside your brain are just casually pounding hammers against the walls of your skull.

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    That's how biology works, right?

    Promising review: "A must-have for headache relief. As someone who always gets migraines due to tension and stress, I was in desperate need of something that would help me. I happened to stumble across this and decided to take the chance, and I'm so happy I did! The cord is long enough so I can use it while sitting in a chair, in bed, or even standing. It has high, medium, and low settings (I personally prefer the low setting as it really allows you to get a deeper massage), and you can switch which way the massager balls rotate, which is really nice for trying to loosen tense muscles or for getting at the right spot. I absolutely love that the massager is able to heat up while massaging to further relax you. It doesn’t feel like an actual person giving the massage (it’s not really a con, but nothing can ever compare to the feeling of an actual person's hands. It comes in at a close second). Overall, it seems like a well-built product and has immensely helped me when I need to relieve some tension when I have a massive migraine." —Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    6. An ice roller to have you start thinking of "brain freeze" in a whole new, positive light — as in putting a freeze on the pain in your brain.

    A reviewer holding the roller
    amazon.com

    It has over 2,800 positive reviews and can also be useful for skincare purposes like reducing puffiness, pore size, irritation, and redness.

    Promising review: "I was in the habit of rolling a cold can of soda on my forehead to help with tension headaches and sinus pain, but that was cumbersome and not always cold enough. This ice roller works so well to ease the pain from sinuses and tension. It froze very quickly and I felt instant relief. The rolling motion even cleared my sinuses and I could breathe better right away. I love this. Would highly recommend." —DT

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in five colors).

    7. Instantly downloadable headache tracking planner pages so you can record the deets of each headache as well as keep an organized log over a week or month. No more being all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ when your doc asks you about frequency and triggers.

    SweetPaperPlanner/Etsy

    As soon as your order is processed, you'll be emailed the download link to the four different pages: a diary page for individual headaches (to log everything from pain type and location to possible causes, weather, and medication taken), a headache log page with room for eight entries and notes like intensity, a monthly headache tracking page that also lets you log what you ate and drank and if you exercised and slept well the day of the attack, and a migraine tracker page where you can record intensity, preceding symptoms, triggers, and medication.

    Promising review: "Beautiful design and a great way to thoroughly track the details of my migraines. I’m a nurse and I especially love this layout. Printed beautifully for my A5 planner." —alschmidt

    Get them from SweetPaperPlanner on Etsy for $5.84.

    8. And some ~painfully~ adorable planner stickers to help you tell at a glance how frequent your migraines have been lately or keep track of how often you're taking medication.

    The stickers, which are shaped like colorful pill capsules with surprised faces under the word "migraine"
    HappyCutieStudio/Etsy

    Promising review: "I absolutely love HappyCutieStudio! I always order these super cute migraine stickers, because hey, if I have to have migraines, at least I have VERY cute stickers to track them with!! Always impressive and always come with fun extras! Thank you!" —Jessica Miller

    Get a sheet of 49 from HappyCutieStudio on Etsy for $2.78.

    9. A miracle-working acupressure mat and pillow set with over 3,000 positive reviews from people with everything from migraines to tension headaches to other chronic pain conditions who say it really helped them ~stick it~ to their pain (literally).

    A model leaning back in bed against the spiked orange mat and domed pillow
    Amazon

    Learn more about how to use an acupressure mat.

    Promising review: "I originally purchased this for my husband, a veteran who suffers from chronic back pain, depression, and anxiety. I suffer from chronic migraines and they are absolutely debilitating. I have tried every treatment available and while a few things have helped me manage them better, nothing has actually worked. Tonight, I began feel the dull ache creeping around my skull and started to prepare to be down for the rest of the evening and tomorrow morning. My husband suggested the mat. The relief was instant. And I do mean instant. I nearly cried from the relief. Years and years and so many doctors, and a yoga mat with golf cleats sewed into it is the only thing I've ever experienced STOP a migraine from progressing. I still have a dull headache, but I'm still functional and not locked in the dark crying and shaking in pain. I feel amazing. I just can't believe it at all. To be clear, thing SUCKS when you first lie on it. I mean, it's rigid plastic spikes, man. It's not great. After a couple minutes, the pain turns into a warm soothing sensation that radiates throughout your body. Yes, it's painful at first, but it eases into pleasure and relief. Will your experience be the same as mine? Who knows, everyone is different. I'm not a doctor. But I will suggest this mat to everyone I know and will be using it nightly from now on." —Arica Dearcos

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two styles and 14 colors).

    10. A roll-on blend of essential oils like rosemary, lavender, peppermint, Roman chamomile, and eucalyptus ready to provide some super soothing aromatherapy.

    A hand holding the lipstick-sized tube of the product
    @creolesecret / Via instagram.com

    This Black woman-owned essential oil shop was founded by a microbiologist and inspired by her family's French Louisiana Creole roots.

    Promising review: "I have used the headache blend plenty of times since getting it and has helped me each time." —Precious K.

    Get it from Creole Secret for $20.95 (you can also get a migraine-specific blend here).

    11. An adjustable posture corrector you can wear over or under your clothes, so you can start to break the tension-headache-inducing habit of constantly hunching over your computer, your desk, your phone, your books...you get the point.

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    Before work-from-home started, I had one of these in my desk at the office and I wish I had brought it home! I know that the tense way that I sit working at my laptop for eight hours a day is not great for me or my headaches. You definitely feel a difference with it on. One day I used it when I had a really nasty headache that wouldn't go away no matter what I tried, and it eased my neck and shoulder tension enough to give me some relief while my medication kicked in.

    Promising review: "This product has changed my life. It’s comfortable once you get used to wearing it, and most of all it works! I’ve suffered from terrible tension headaches for years, unaware of the fact they were being caused by bad posture. I felt a difference the minute I put it on and now that muscle memory has set in, I’m able to get relief from headaches without having to wear it all the time. I highly recommend this to anyone with the slightest discomfort resulting from bad posture. Thank you so much for making this product and giving me a quality of life back that I’ve missed for so many years." —Christopher

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    12. A fleecy heatable neck and shoulder wrap scented with herbs like lavender, chamomile, and peppermint sure to have you saying ~that's a wrap~ on painful tension in your head, neck, and shoulders.

    A reviewer wearing the blue plush wrap
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    Promising review: "This works extremely well to relieve the tension headaches I get quite often. Since I don't like to rely on painkillers, I find this to be a good alternative. I usually just take a hot shower, pop this in the microwave, and chill with it on my neck and it either reduces or relieves my headache completely. There are instructions that tell you how long to microwave it, but when microwaved for the least amount of time, it'll stay warm for roughly two hours. It's been really helpful having this, especially in quarantine because I spend so much time at my desk hunched over my computer. I've had it for about three weeks now, and use it about three times a week. I also like that it's really soft and doesn't shed everywhere. Also, the aromatherapeutic scents aren't overwhelming. It still smells great, after this many uses. It's also a good weight — not too heavy, not too light. It's like a wearable, warm, weighted blanket that smells really great." —lisa ng

    Get it from Amazon for $33.50.

    13. A special salve made from fair trade oils, essential oils, and herbs that you can rub on your forehead, neck, and shoulders when you feel that first temple twinge that makes you think "UGH, not again."

    A tub of the balm topped with herbs or petals
    Wildwomanonfire/Etsy

    Promising review: "Love it! I used it for a couple of headaches and it actually worked, and was not as oily as some of the headache relief products I've used in the past. Going to be buying this product again when it runs out." —Leah McHan

    Get it from Wildwomanonfire on Etsy for $3.99+ (available in six sizes and in original and kid-safe formulas).

    14. A cushy, freezable eye pillow so you can just close your eyes, pop it on, get under a blanket, turn on some calming tunes, and actually get (*checks notes*) comfy on a rough headache day.

    A model wearing the puffy black fabric eye mask
    Amazon

    I got this for Christmas a couple years ago and I love it for my most stubborn headaches. It's a huge relief at the end of a long day when I'm desperate for something to soothe my throbbing head. I keep it in the freezer whenever I'm not using it, and it never gets stiff or unusable from being in there too long like some masks do. The soft fabric and bead stuffing feel so comfy and soothing, whether I put it on my eyes or pop it on my forehead while I watch some old New Girl episode I've seen approximately 592 times before. It's called self-care, look it up.

    Promising review: "This mask is simply amazing. I mainly use it to block out light when I have a migraine and it does a great job. The little beads inside allow it to contour to your face and add the smallest bit of weight to relieve eye pressure from a headache. The only downfall I have found is with the single strap — could definitely benefit from a double strap. I haven't stuck it in the freezer for fear of the soft cloth soaking up weird smells (if you've had a migraine, you know how smells can affect you during a headache!). However, aside from not getting to experience the full cooling action of this mask, the beads stay cool on their own and I am always pleasantly surprised how cool they are when I put the mask on. I may have to buy another because my husband enjoys the feel of this mask, too. Definitely a great purchase if you suffer from any type of headaches." —Christie L. Bowman

    Get it from Amazon for $13.54.

    15. Or a freezable gel mask with LOL-worthy eye and nose holes so you can get relief while you read, scroll Insta, catch up on TV, and otherwise go about your at-home routine.

    A reviewer wearing the purple, gel bead-filled mask under their glasses
    amazon.com

    It's also lavender scented!

    Promising review: "Took a chance on ordering this, and am so glad that I did. I have tried others in the past, but wasn’t satisfied with any of them. This one exceeds my expectations and gives me great relief for headaches, especially sinus ones. Easy to use and very comfortable and scented. Generous coverage of facial area. And most of all, it has an adjustable strap to keep it in place, making it possible to move without having it drop off." —P. A.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    16. An easy and affordable nighttime mouth guard you can mold at home (no dentist visit required) to come to your rescue if you suspect clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth in your sleep might be contributing to your frequent headaches.

    A reviewer's hand holding the transparent guard molded to the shape of their teeth
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    This is what happened to BuzzFeed Shopping writer Marquaysa Battle! Here's what she says about her experience with this product: "I was getting headaches that pierced down into my soul and randomly discovered why at an unrelated dentist appointment. The dentist revealed to me that it was due to jaw-clenching at night (guess my dreams are way more intense than I remember in the mornings???). She recommended that I get a dental guard to prevent the clenching and I did it immediately. I got this customizable one that I had to boil in water (super quickly), bite down into to mold it to my teeth, and then let it sit for a few minutes. After doing that, I used it the same night and I totally noticed a difference in how often I was getting headaches. In fact, they mostly stopped."

    Promising review: "Dentists have been trying to fit me with a mouthpiece for years to help with my teeth grinding, but they're always too big and very uncomfortable. These mouth guards are very comfortable and I'm able to sleep with them in. They've helped with tension headaches tremendously. Took me one night to get used to it and now I feel the difference if I don't sleep with one in. Highly recommended." —Shawn Walker

    Read more about teeth grinding from Mayo Clinic and about jaw tension and headaches from Cleveland Clinic.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.31.

    17. A headache relief aromatherapy inhaler stick you can easily toss in your purse, pocket, or desk drawer and pull out whenever you could using a soothing sniff. Goodness ~nose~ that will be often.

    The inhaler, which looks almost like a small gluestick
    MythicMist/Etsy

    It is made with lavender, frankincense, wintergreen, peppermint, and Roman chamomile and should last two to three months.

    Promising review: "Smells great and actually works! I’ve been getting headaches frequently because of sinus issues and this helps to alleviate the discomfort." —set0578

    Get it from MythicMist on Etsy for $7.50.

    TL;DR: I recommend getting some of these if you've ever related to this GIF:

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