Stress headaches are very common today and though you have plenty of over the counter medications available to you, it is better to find long term solutions. People who only get these headaches every once in a while could be fine with a quick fix but people who suffer from them chronically will be better off identifying the underlying cause. If you have severe headaches, you need to talk with your doctor and you might find some of these other remedies helpful too.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches can be caused by eyestrain, which is now a common issue when so many people are staring at computer screens all day. When you add watching movies, and staring at the screen of your smart phone to this mix, you will be straining your eyes more than you think you are. While it’s likely that you aren’t able to quit your job, if that is the main cause of your eyestrain, you can still reduce the problem enough to keep the headaches away. For example, you can give your eyes a break by looking away from your screen for a little bit.

This helps you prevent yourself from spending long interrupted blocks of time just staring at the screen. It may also help to put a protective shield of some kind on your computer screen, which can reduce glare or, in some cases, radiation. Tension headaches can be caused by tightness around your jaw. Few people realize just how tightly they clench their jaws when they feel tense and that can result in a bunch of different problems including stress headaches. In extreme situations, this can lead to TMJ in which any movement of your jaw will cause you pain. When this happens (and it happens every once in a while) you need to see your doctor or dentist. Of course, even if you don’t suffer from TMJ, a tight jaw could be causing your stress headaches. The very best remedy for this particular problem is to recognize your jaw tension and make a conscious effort to relax the muscles. Another technique is to place a pen, pencil, small stick or similar object between your teeth. Don’t actually bite down or chew on it, use it as a reminder to keep your jaw muscles loose and relax.

Reducing Stress

If you’re experiencing headaches from tension or stress, perhaps the most obvious way to keep them at bay is to lessen the stress in your life. This can be quite difficult but if you put your mind to it you can do it. Good methods for reducing stress are yoga and learning to meditate. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing do more than help you relax, they help combat stress headaches and sometimes even keep them from happening at all. If your life is particularly stressful it might not be possible to get rid of every once of it at once but you can take gradual steps toward a stress free life.

There are many treatments for stress headaches, some of which we’ve looked at in this article. If the cause of your headaches is tension, the obvious solution is to reduce stress in your life, but this isn’t always easy nowadays. You should still explore it though because stress is terrible for your body; headaches are just the tip of the iceberg.