If you are a frequent sufferer of stress headaches, you are probably anxious to find a cure. Typically the best approach is to check out your whole lifestyle to see if there are any areas in which you can make positive changes, especially changes that will lower the amount of stress that you are feeling. It’s possible to feel better with a simple pain reliever but this is not a proper solution to a long term headache problem. The following remedies for stress headaches can point you in the right direction.
You can ease your stress headache with an ice pack. You can use a cold towel, perhaps wrapped around a bag of ice, or even a bag of frozen vegetables. Lie back in a comfortable spot and try to relax while using the ice pack on your forehead, the top of your head and the back of your neck (move it every few minutes from one location to the other). If one spot hurts more than another, make sure it gets extra time with the ice pack. Ice numbs the pain and reduces the inflammation that is making your headache happen. Even though this won’t cure whatever is causing your headaches, it can offer you some good (though temporary) relief.
You might not have already known that your posture plays into your headaches but chronic bad posture has been known to bring on a headache or two. This is a problem that is pretty commonplace in people who spend long hours working at computer stations. Leaning forward with your head can be especially problematic, as this causes extra pressure on the neck and back. As you sit and walk try to be alert for extra tension in your neck or shoulders. In addition to sitting up straight while you work and keeping mindful of your posture, you should see a chiropractor regularly and get regular massages too.
There are also other things you can try to get a healthier posture, like the Feldenkrais Method and the Alexander Technique. If you don’t want to use a practitioner of these techniques, you can look for online videos to learn more about them.
If you wear things around or on your head might be adding to your headaches. Obviously a headband might be a problem but other things like sunglasses, helmets, hats and even headphones can contribute to the problem too. Some people are prone to what are called external compression headaches, which are caused by pressure around the head. While a specific item might not feel hurtful when it is first put on, but as it gets left there and restricts blood flow, it can begin to cause pain.
So, if you’re always wearing something on your head you should try giving it a break.
In summation, stress headaches are things most people would want to avoid. They can be caused by many different things, from medical conditions to something as simple as wearing a hat that’s too tight. You might try one (or more) of the remedies we have suggested here but if they fail to prove useful, it is time to call your doctor.