Right now, stress feels like the new normal—and an increase in stress can lead to changes in health as well. For instance, stress is known to cause various health conditions such as
3. Difficulty in Sleeping.
4. Difficulty in Concentrating.
5. Upset stomach.
Stress headaches are the most common type of headache. The preferred name for this kind of headache is ‘Tension Headache’. They are often considered to be “normal” headaches.
What is Stress/Tension Headache:
Stress, of course, plays a key role in triggering tension headaches. Most people are likely to have experienced a tension headache at some point. These headaches tend to happen again and again, especially if you are under stress.
Women tend to suffer from them more commonly than men. Some adults experience tension-type headaches more than 15 times a month for at least 3 months in a row. This type of headache can lead to stress and depression, which in turn can lead to more headaches.
Tension Headache can develop at any age but is more common in teenagers and adults. Pain from a tension headache is usually not severe and does not get in the way of your work or social life. But for some people, the pain is very bad or lasts a long time.
This is different from migraine headaches, which usually cause throbbing pain and start on one side of your head. Tension headaches tend to come back, especially when you are under stress.
What Causes Tension Headaches?
Doctors don’t know for sure what causes tension headaches. Experts once thought that tension or spasms in the muscles of the neck, face, and head played a role. Now they think that a change in brain chemicals also may be a cause.
Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches. They can be brought on/ triggered by things like stress, depression, hunger, and muscle strain. Tension headaches may come on suddenly or slowly. Symptoms can start in childhood, but they are more likely to occur during middle age.
Symptoms of tension headaches include:
- A headache that is constant. You usually feel the pain or pressure on both sides of your head.
- The pressure that makes you feel like your head is in a vise.
- Aching pain at your temples or the back of your head and neck.
How Can You Treat & Prevent Tension Headache?
Most people can treat their tension headaches with over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or aspirin
But if you take these pain relievers more than 3 times a week, you may get rebound headaches. Rebound headaches usually start after pain medicine has worn off, which leads you to take another dose. After a while, you get a headache whenever you stop taking the medicine.
So to avoid any such complications s make sure to consult a doctor before consuming any medicine for tension headaches.
In addition to regular exercise, techniques such as lifestyle change and relaxation therapy can help reduce stress. Consider these:
- Limit stress:
Try to plan. Get, and stay, organized. Things that help you relax, like massage or meditation, can also help.
- Try to pace yourself:
Take breaks. Carve out time to do things you enjoy. For some people, mindfulness, staying in the here and now, instead of following thoughts of worry and fear — can help.
- Build your support system:
Spend time with people you love. You can also take time off from your device or learn a new skill or practise your hobby to re-energise yourself.
- Exercise regularly:
At least 30 minutes five times a week is ideal. It eases stress and keeps you fit. It also helps if you stretch your body from time to time and meditate.
- Get enough sleep:
When you’re well-rested, it’s much easier to deal with daily stress.
- Improve your posture:
A strong stance can help keep your muscles from tensing. When you stand, hold your shoulders back and your head level. When you sit, make sure your thighs are parallel to the floor and your head and neck don’t slump forward.
- Drink lots of water:
If you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to get a tension headache. Drink several glasses of fresh water each day, even if you’re not thirsty.
- Eat regular, balanced meals:
Skipping a meal can cause a throbbing headache. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.
If tension headaches disrupt your life or you need to take medication for your headaches more than twice a week, make sure to book an appointment with your doctor on TABIIB website or app.