If you, or one of your close friends or family members suffer with tension headaches, then you’ll know just how much they can negatively influence and impact your day, both in a professional and a personal context.
So, with this in mind, here for your information and in an effort to help resolve some of the issues you’re experiencing because of tension headaches, is a comprehensive guide on how to get rid of one.
What Exactly is a Tension Headache?
Essentially, a tension headache is when a person can feel sharp pain on either side of their head and sometimes in their neck and face as well, with the area becoming more tender over time.
Usually, a tension headache will last between thirty minutes and an hour, but some people unfortunately experience longer-lasting tension headaches too. The three most common causes of tension headaches are too much caffeine, elevated levels of stress and problems with not sleeping as much as usual.
Keep a Diary
Whether you have yet to visit a doctor to discuss your tension headaches, or your doctor is already aware that you’re suffering with them and has given you medication and/or techniques to try and alleviate them, it’s an excellent idea to keep a simple diary.
Writing down and recording every single time a tension headache strikes, how long it lasts, and possible causes may well help both you and your doctor determine any possible triggers. Conversely, if you see a couple of days or more when you experience no headaches, then analyze what was different during that period of time.
Remain as Relaxed as Possible
Although staying calm and relaxed is much easier said than done, it is true to stay that the more ‘Zen’ and relaxed you are, the less likely it is that you will develop a tension headache and even less likely that the headache will last for as long.
Contacting a reputable and renowned salon and booking yourself in for a head and neck massage with a massage therapist in potters bar, for example, is a fantastic way of not only relaxing your body, but also a way to relax your mind.
Try & Ease Tension in Your Muscles
Another effective way to try and quickly deal with the onset of a tension headache is to apply either ice, or indeed heat, to your forehead and neck, either with a bath or shower, or a cold compress or hot water bottle.
This way, your muscles will naturally become less tense and more relaxed, which may well make a difference to how long your tension headache lasts.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Finally, another important thing to do when you are experiencing a bout of tension headaches is to endeavor to deal with your rising stress levels.
There is a plethora of ways to try and reduce how stressed out you feel, including:
- Practicing deep and concentrated breathing
- Adjusting and shaping your attitude to problems and issues
- Taking regular and outdoor breaks from work
- Simplifying your daily life as much as possible