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9 Headache & Migraine Hacks | Girl Talk Tuesday

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One thing I’ve got plenty of experience with is headaches.  Listen, I’m not bragging about that experience…  I’m just saying that I know a thing or two about that nasty word.  And migraines?  Girl, I got you there too.  If you’ve never had a migraine, count yourself blessed. Very, very blessed.

I felt like Girl Talk Tuesday was the best time for us to tackle this topic since we talk about things like period cramps and small breasts.  A lot of times headaches and migraines are hormonal.  Other times they’re hereditary, a result of your environment or a plethora of other reasons.  If you read my birth control blog post, then you know that I went through a dark period of time when migraines literally took over my life.  I learned so much about my body and how to deal with headaches/migraines during that time.  I wanted to share the wealth with any of my sisters who also suffer.

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

9 Headache and Migraine Hacks:

  1. Pain Killers.  This one is a duh, I know.  But the reason it’s #1 on my list is to not wait until it’s too late to take something for the pain.  Many times I feel like I can just deal with the pain, because it’s no that bad…  Then, all of sudden, the pain takes a quick turn and I’m in severe pain.  Listen to your body.  Take a small dose to knock it out before it gets worse if you know that you have a tendency to get worse before you get better.  I personally use either Advil or Excedrin Migraine.
  2. Chug that water!  Girl, stay hydrated.  Being dehydrated can be the only reason you’re in pain, so try to stay on top of your water intake daily.
  3. Find a cool, dark place.  My migraines come with an aura, so I get about a 30 minute warning.  At the first sign of migraine (aura) I pop an Excedrin Migraine and go find a cool, dark place to lay down.  I’ve found that if I do this immediately, I sometimes only get a mild headache.  If I wait too long, then the headache comes full force.  Being in a cool, dark room relaxes your eyes and keeps you calm.
  4. Turn down the volume.  Being in the quiet will dramatically help reduce the pain sometimes.
  5. Keep an ice pack on hand.  I’ve found that an ice pack placed on the base of my head/neck area really helps manage the pain.
  6. Invest in a steamer.  When my headaches are allergy or sinus related, I find that oftentimes I’m just really dried out.  Sitting under my steamer is such a relief during a bad headache or migraine.
  7. Rinse those passages!  If you’re suffering from allergy or sinus headaches, consider doing regular nasal passages.  As my allergist put it to me, we wash our bodies every day, but we never wash our nasal passages.  Think about all the dust, dirt and pollen we breathe in on the regular.  A nasal rinse can really help to keep those allergy headaches to a minimum.
  8. Olbas oil.  I’m a big believer in homeopathic medicine.  When I can, I use Olbas oil to treat my headaches instead of popping yet another painkiller.
  9. Watch your diet.  Have you noticed that your headaches or migraines come from certain triggers?  Maybe it’s only the week before your period?  Or maybe it’s when you skip your morning cup of coffee?  For me, I know MSG is a major trigger.  Consider journaling your headaches, what you did and ate the day before, and maybe you’ll begin to see a pattern form.

What are your headache tips and tricks?  I feel like I’ve tried just about anything and everything under the sun, these are just the things I’ve found that actually work for me.  Leave a comment and let me know how you treat your headaches.  Also, if you’re noticing more headaches than normal lately, go see your doctor.

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How to Get Over a Breakup | Girl Talk Tuesday

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I’m tackling one more love topic in our special Girl Talk Tuesday series.  It’s not a happy topic.  In fact it’s a topic that most of us want to avoid at all costs…  Yet it’s something that most of us will experience at some point in our love lives…  Breakups.

If you’re like me, you’ve been through a breakup (or ten) in your life, and you have handled at least one of them all wrong.  It’s easy to let your emotions take over in these situations, I know.  But once the breakup happens, the hardest part comes…  Getting over it.

Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Practical Tips of How to Get Over a Breakup:

  1. Allow yourself time to be sad.  I’m not talking months or years here, but I am talking about a reasonable amount of time to allow your heart to hurt.  I believe that a broken heart is some of the worst pain we humans endure.
  2. Don’t badmouth him.  While the wounds are fresh, your emotions are obviously maxed out.  This is not the time to tell anyone who will listen every bad thing he ever did…  Especially not his family or his friends.  Talk to your most trusted friends only.  Otherwise, keep the details private until you’re in a better place.
  3. Understand that each relationship is a learning experience.  It may not feel like it at first, but you learn something valuable from each relationship you’re in.  My aunt used to say that every guy I dated was a stepping stone to the right man.
  4. Focus on yourself.  After a breakup, there’s nothing you can say or do to change your ex.  The good news is that you can change yourself.  Use this time to evaluate where you are in life and work on who you want to become.
  5. Don’t Allow it to start bad habits.  Don’t allow yourself to get so depressed that you do things you normally wouldn’t do.  If you see yourself starting to pick up bad habits, check yourself before you wreck yourself.  Yes a carton of Ben & Jerry’s and a good cry will make you feel better in the moment…  Just don’t do it every single night.
  6. Put the reminders away.  Put away the photos and old shirts of his.  Don’t toss them just because you’re angry…  These are memories of a certain period of your life that you may just want to look back on one day (or not)…  But for now, find a box and pack them away, out of view.
  7. Turn off the sad songs.  Sometimes you need to wallow, I get it.  But once you’ve had your time to be sad, shut the sad music off.  Music has such a grasp on our emotions.  When I was in high school, my ex-boyfriend & my song was Brian McKnight’s “Back At One”.  When we broke up the first time, every time that song came on the radio it felt like my 15 year old heart was being ripped out of my chest.  It was a 3 minute long reminder of something that was over.  I had to learn that the second I heard that familiar tune, the station needed to be changed.
  8. Write.  Have too many emotions to deal with?  Trying writing them down.  Writing down how you feel then reading it back to yourself can sometimes be such a healing experience.

I’m a serial monogamist.  I’ve only ever been in serious relationships, so the breakups I’ve been through have been hard.  Every tough experience I went through shaped me into the woman I am today.  Remember that the pain you’re feeling, the situation you’re in, it’s all just a season.  Even when you feel like the world is crashing down around you, know that you are stronger than you realize.

If you’re going through a breakup, I understand how hurt you are.  I’ve found that in my breakups are the times that I learned to lean on God the most.  When I couldn’t see why I had to go through the hurt, He provided a comfort that I couldn’t get anywhere else.

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How to Know You’re with a Good Man | Girl Talk Tuesday

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One of my favorite movies is Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”.  If you’ve never seen this movie, put it on your must watch list immediately.  There are so many life lessons, especially about marriage, that every woman needs to hear.  There is one line that has always stuck with me through the years since I first watched this movie.  That quote the inspiration behind today’s Girl Talk Tuesday post…  “Sometimes you need to be with a terrible man to know what good one feels like.

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how to know that you're with a good man girl talk tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

how to know that you're with a good man girl talk tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

how to know that you're with a good man girl talk tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

That’s been true not only in my own life, but several of my girlfriend’s lives.  Obviously not every woman will read that quote and feel like it applies to her.  I do, however, know that some of you will read this and your heart will start racing.  Your heart is pounding in your ears right now for one of two reasons:  1. You’re like me and you’ve lived that quote out.  You went through that dark phase, but now found your good, good man.  Or, 2. your heart is unsettled and this blog post title is speaking to you.  Either way, you’re in the right place, darling.

I’m not going to use this post to dive into my past dating life, but I am going to use my relationship experience to (hopefully) speak some truths.  Long story short, my relationship before Matt was bad.  I now refer to that time as the darkest period of my life.  trust me when I tell you, I’m speaking from experience when it comes to bad relationships.

How to Know You’re with a Good Man

  1. You have peace.  When you’re in the wrong relationship, you don’t have peace.  Period.  When you’re with a bad man, every part of your life feels unsettled.
  2. You feel happy.  If you’ve ever been in a truly bad relationship, then you know what it feels to be unhappy.  Sometimes the unhappiness is vague, like you can’t put your finger on why you feel the way you feel…  But the unhappiness is just constantly looming.  It’s as if you can’t escape it.  When you’re with a good man, you’re just plain ole happy.  For no good reason at all, your heart is full.
  3. You can sleep at night.  When you’re in a bad relationship, you oftentimes know it because you can’t sleep at night.  For me, that was because I had an aching feeling in my gut that not only was I with the wrong person, but I had a feeling that he wasn’t ever really where he said he was.  I knew somewhere down deep inside that he was lying to me about where he was all. the. time.
  4. Your friends and family actually like him.  This was a huge indicator for me.  My friends and family both tried to tell me over and over (and over) that I was with the wrong person.  I wouldn’t hear it.  I would rather listen to his lies than the truth everyone in my life was trying to tell me.
  5. There are no secrets.  Everything is out in the open.  Neither of you have anything to hide from each other.  Your lives are an open book.  When you’re with the right person, there’s no reason to read into their every action.  There is no reason to go through their phone.  You’re secure in your relationship and you have no reason to doubt each other.
  6. Or lies or manipulation…  When your relationship is built on lies, there’s about a 100% chance that are you’re also being manipulated.  You can’t see the truth right in front of your face because you’re being manipulated.  The lies become the truth to you.
  7. You don’t worry about other women.  A truly good man won’t ever try to make you feel jealous of other women.  He won’t tell you things to try to make you feel insecure.  He won’t tear you down.  He’ll make sure that you know that you’re the only woman for him.

Does any of this apply to you?  Maybe you’re already dating a good man, but he’s not the right one for you.  This is a common problem that I’ve seen time and time again.  Let me give this piece of advice…  If that is your situation, stop wasting his time.  Stop wasting your own time.  Don’t date someone just to keep yourself from being alone.  Being in the wrong relationship and staying in it only robs you of valuable time to be single and learn about yourself.  Women often stay in the wrong relationship just because she’s comfortable, waiting for something else better to come along.  Don’t do this.  Let him go, girl.  Let him be with who he’s supposed to be with.  Be single!  Trust me, it won’t kill you.  Chances are, you’ll make some really awesome memories with your girlfriends when you’re single.  And, you’ll meet your Mr. Right.

Leave a comment below and let me know if this post resonated with you and how.  I’ve said before, I love talking about relationships and y’all seem to love these posts which makes me so happy.


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