If you’re under stress frequently, and many people are today, headaches may be a problem for you. Everybody gets a headache once in a while but some people get tension headaches a lot. While you need to get help from your doctor if you have headaches frequently or severely, home remedies like the ones we’ll be talking about here could also help you.
Lots of tension headaches are caused by eyestrain which is a common issue these days because so many people are spending the majority of their days staring into computer screens. And with texting and watching television and movies, your eyes are under more strain now than you might think they are. It’s true that you can’t just quit your job but if that is the primary source of your eyestrain, you might still be able to prevent your headaches. It can help to look away from whatever screen you’re looking at for a few seconds. Do this frequently, so you’re not staring at the screen for extended periods of time without a break. A protective shield that reduces glare and (sometimes) radiation is another solution to help protect yourself.
You may not think that posture has anything to do with headaches, but chronic poor posture can be one cause. It’s a fairly commonplace problem for people who work, for example, at computer stations for long hours on end. If you lean forward with your head this can be a big problem because it puts more pressure on your back and neck. It is important to be aware of any of the tension that you might be holding in your upper body when you are sitting or walking around. Aside from sitting up straight while you work, you should get regular massages and regular chiropractic treatments.
There are also other systems, such as the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method that work specifically on healthier posture. If you don’t want to use a practitioner of these techniques, you can look for online videos to learn more about them.
Things worn around or on your head can sometimes cause headaches. You probably already know that headbands can cause headaches but so can sunglasses, helmets, hats and even headphones. 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 always have a hat or other item on your head, you might want to try taking a break from it. There are a lot of different ways to treat your stress headaches including the methods we’ve talked about here. Overall, the best way to prevent these type of headaches from occurring is to learn how to relax, even in situations that tend to make you tense. You might have a hard time with it at first but it is possible to train yourself to not stress out so often. There are plenty of reasons to lower your stress levels and fewer tension headaches is just one.