06 Nov How to Fight Back Against Stress Headaches
If you frequently feel that you are under stress (and lots of people are), you probably have to deal with headaches. Everybody gets headaches on occasion, but some people suffer from tension headaches on a regular basis. While a doctor’s advice should be sought if your headaches are too frequent or severe, home treatments such as the ones we’ll be covering in this article may also be effective.
Tension headaches can be caused by eyestrain, which is now a common issue when so many people are staring at computer screens all day. And, thanks to television, movie and smart phone screens, your eyes are under more strain than you probably think they are. While it is most likely that you aren’t able to simply quit your job, there are still things that you can do to prevent or reduce your headaches if that is the main source of your eye strain. You can, for example, look away from your screen for a few seconds. Do this a lot so that your eyes aren’t forced to continue staring at the screen for a long time without getting a chance to rest. You can protect your eyes further by installing a protective shield which cuts down on glare and radiation (sometimes).
One very common cause of a tension or stress headache is being dehydrated so the simple act of drinking water could be the solution you need. You may not know exactly when you are dehydrated especially if you are distracted by work or other things. Remember: drinking more of a caffeinated beverage like soda or energy drinks or coffee isn’t a good idea because that can actually exacerbate your headaches. The best way to rehydrate yourself is with pure water, fruit juice or some herbal iced tea. Eating too much salty food can contribute to dehydration, so you may want to reduce your intake of junk foods and salty snacks as well.
Exercise can be a good remedy for stress headaches. This is probably too obvious but you’re probably not going to want to exercise if you have a bad headache. It is still important, however, to get more exercise overall because it is what will help you have fewer stress headaches. Aerobic exercise is the best way to raise your circulation and get more oxygen which can help you prevent your headaches. Do not try to work out when you have a headache but try to make it a part of your regular routine at least a few times each week and eventually you should see some improvement to your situation.
In summary, stress headaches are incredibly common and are caused by a wide variety of problems like stress, too much alcohol and not enough sleep. You need to be able to properly identify the source of your headaches and address them, even when it means making changes that you might find inconvenient. You don’t want to have to suffer from headaches all the time so isn’t it worth it to do what you need to do to prevent them from happening?