- Play some music: And try to remember the lyrics to whatever song’s playing. Music activates brain pathways that compete with those that process pain, so the more absorbed you become in what you’re listening to, the more your headache will subside.
- Watch something that makes you laugh: laughing releases a big enough surge of endorphins to ease pain and the effect kicks in after just 15 minutes of watching a comedy, say UK researchers.
- Have sex: more than 50 percent of people experiencing a migraine report less pain after having sex, and one in five wind up completely pain-free. It’s probably because, like laughing, having sex releases pain-killing endorphins.