Almost everyone knows: there are few things as debilitating as a nasty headache or migraine. Sometimes it can feel like a sledgehammer pounding on your skull or a sharp, biting, repetitive stab that sears through your brain. In those moments, you might try just about anything to make it stop.
Well, we found a totally strange trick that apparently works, and even if it doesn't, it won't hurt to try. This method might have been laughable if our intern hadn't put it to the test when she came down with a crushing headache—and verified that it effectively eliminated her pain in two minutes.
The Genius Trick
The man behind this unusual remedy is Kamil K. Wawrzyszko, a business consultant and YouTuber with almost 70,000 subscribers of his channel, Kamil's View. He posts motivational videos on topics like how to stop procrastinating, how to be happier, and how to wake up more energized. One of his greatest hits: how to end a headache in two minutes. It's been viewed over five million times, with thousands of comments attesting that it works.
Here's the strategy: You focus on the headache, and picture the shape, color, and location of the pain repeatedly until it's gone. Some commenters have said that their headache goes from being a large, dark shape to a lighter, smaller shape as the exercise progresses until the pain diminishes completely. Others have said they were near vomiting from a horrendous migraine, but then this exercise really did the trick.
Take it from our very own intern who was experiencing a severe migraine and tried the visualization trick at her desk; she said it full-on worked. For the first time ever we found ourselves wishing for a headache just for a chance to try this out and see if this magic is legit.
There's no known logic to why or how this trick might work, but chances are, it has something to do with going into a meditative state. So if this particular method doesn't end up working for you, perhaps a simple meditation might be just what you need to get you through the pain.
You could also try other holistic practices. There's reiki, which involves harnessing universal life force energy to allow the body to heal itself; it's been used by practitioners to provide pain relief. Acupuncture has also been known to be helpful for headaches and migraines.
For something even simpler, a whiff of certain essential oils, like lavender, rosemary, or peppermint, has the potential to soothe your headache. And of course, if all else fails, there's always Excedrin ($11)—because sometimes nothing does it quite like good old-fashioned medicine.
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