Headaches are an extremely common complaint thanks to the increased stress of today’s society. You should not, however, convince yourself that having a raging headache every day or even every week. In this article we are going to look at some of the proven techniques that can help you prevent or even cure your stress headaches. Which one of these cures works best for you is going to depend on what is actually causing your headaches.
Aromatherapy is a quick, simple and yet easy way to effectively treat stress headaches. If you haven’t ever used it before you might not believe that an odor can alleviate a headache but the truth is that our brain does respond differently to different odors and there are some that will actually help the brain stop feelings of pain. Peppermint oil, while one of the best scents for curing headaches is also the most affordable. Lavender, eucalyptus and sandalwood are also good. You can use a variety of devices to spread the scents around but simply smelling them out of bottles or putting a couple of drops of the oil on your hands or head can work too. You should try different fragrances and find out which ones work best for you.
Perhaps the most common cause of the stress headache is dehydration so drinking more water might be a good solution. You may not always realize it when you’re dehydrated, especially if you’re distracted by work or another activity. Remember that you don’t want to drink more caffeinated beverages like soda or energy drinks, as this can actually contribute to headaches. Water, or perhaps iced herbal tea or pure fruit juice is what you want to drink to hydrate your body. Eating lots of salty food can make your dehydration worse so reducing your salt intake (and intake of junk and snack foods in general) can help too.
Things worn around or on your head can sometimes cause headaches. A headband would be an obvious culprit, but anything, including hats, sunglasses, helmets or even headphones could be causing tension in that area. Some people are prone to things called external compression headaches, which are the result of pressure around the skull. A particular adornment might not feel that bad when you first put it on but the longer you leave it there to constrict your blood flow, the more it will cause headaches.
So, if you’re always wearing something on your head you should try giving it a break.
To conclude, stress headaches aren’t a thing that any person actually enjoys dealing with. They are caused by anything and everything from something complicated and medical to something simple and obvious. 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.