When you've built up a caffeine dependency, a day without a Starbuck's run can leave you with a killer headache. In the midst of that throbbing pain, you may feel like the only thing that could possibly make you feel better is a giant Red Bull. If you're trying to cut back on your caffeine intake, this can be a tough hurdle to jump. However, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the pain without turning to caffeine.
Drink some peppermint tea. Peppermint is a proven natural headache remedy, and the tea itself is soothing. This old-fashioned cure can seriously mitigate your agony.
Up your water intake. When you are already suffering from a headache, the slightest dehydration can make it worse. Make sure you're drinking at least the recommended eight glasses a day or more.
Get a massage. Whether a professional pamper package or a simple backrub from a friend, a massage relaxes your muscles, relieving the tension and pressure that are knotting up the base of your neck and contributing to that headache.
If all else fails, take some ibuprofen to alleviate the pain and get some sleep. This will get you through the worst of the pain and keep you from running to Starbuck's.