June is Headache Awareness Month across America. Many people are inflicted with awful headaches in the month of June for a variety of reasons. From the beginning of the fireworks season to allergies to loud pets, there are a plethora of stimuli that can cause a severe headache. It’s important to understand what causes one’s headaches in order to prevent them, and also to determine whether or not a headache is an indicator of a bigger problem.
According to WomenFitness.net, “Headaches, which result in over eight million visits to the doctor’s office yearly, can be a benign symptom result of a stressful day or a dangerous sign of a greater problem.” It’s important for everyone to reflect on the possible causes of their headaches this month in order to decide whether or not there is something serious going on. WebMD.com provides an overview of possible reasons behind one’s headache in a slideshow entitled Surprising Headache Triggers. The slideshow’s author cites warm weather, strong fragrances, and poor posture as some of these possible less-than-obvious triggers. Take some time this month to look into what might be causing your headaches.
Interestingly enough, two other national observances focused on during the month of June may actually cause headaches and migraines. They are National Fireworks Safety Month and Adopt-a-Cat Month. The loud noises put out by fireworks often cause migraines and severe headaches, and pet allergies can do the same.
Chris Ayres reported on The United States Army’s official homepage about the dangers involved with fireworks. “Although fireworks are a fun and exciting way to celebrate our nation’s freedom, they can also be harmful or even deadly if not used properly,” said Ayres. Ayres reported that, according to Fireworksafety.com, “malfunction and careless use of fireworks result in nearly 10,000 injuries every year. More than 65 percent of all fireworks-related injuries occur during the month of July.”
Ayres offers the following tips to anyone who may be coming into contact with fireworks throughout the coming months:
1. Don’t use fireworks in your house; they should always be set off outside.
2. Adhere to local laws.
3. Utilize common sense.
You can view more tips from the US Army here.
The American Humane Association brings us Adopt-a-Cat Month, and while cats aren’t everybody’s favorite pet, it’s important to spread awareness on the issue. According to the American Humane Association’s Web site, “Each spring during ‘kitten season,’ thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between.” If you’re interesting in adopting a cat, or know someone else who loves the furry friends, then take time this month to look into adoption. You can help spread awareness by printing and hanging Adopt-a-Cat Month posters, which are available on the Association’s Web site.
There are also a variety of Adopt-a-Cat Month giveaways that you can invest in to help bring attention to the national observance. One favorite is this adorable custom imprinted cat stress ball. It’s sure to inspire even the grouchiest individuals to consider adopting a cute kitten this spring.
Throughout the month of June, there are lots of causes to which you can dedicate your time and efforts. Choose one that’s right for you, and go crazy! All of these great national observances could use your attention. Do the right thing, and help raise awareness for these issues today!