Anxiety Headaches

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The most common cause of headaches is muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and jaw, and this tension is closely related to stress and high levels of anxiety. You can reduce discomfort from headaches by making changes in lifestyle, practicing relaxation techniques and in some cases, taking medications.

Tension headaches tend to be on both sides of the head. They often start at the back and extend to the front. When it comes to tension headaches, it is highly likely to feel pain and stiffness in the shoulders, neck and jaw.

  • The tensional headache can be described as:
  • A pressure, like the feel of a tight metal band around the head.
  • General (not just in one point or one side).
  • Worse in the scalp, temples, back of the neck and shoulders.

The pain may occur as a single episode, constantly or daily. Anxiety headaches may be mild to moderate and last from 30 minutes a to week. Usually accompanied by fatigue, poor concentration and sleep problems.

The practices and attitudes that trigger anxiety also tend to increase the intensity of these headaches, which is why working too much, not getting enough sleep and alcohol or drug use increase susceptibility to headaches.

The following healthy habits help control anxiety and reduce the chance of getting headaches:

  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Exercise.
  • Maintain a proper posture.
  • Learn to relax using meditation, deep breathing, yoga or other techniques.
  • Stretch your neck and massage it with your fingers from time to time, especially if you usually spend much time in the same position.

This article is only for informational purposes only, not diagnosis. If you are concerned about frequent or intense headaches, it is best to seek the advice of a doctor. Also call your doctor to rule out other conditions that can cause headaches if the headache is severe, persistent  or is accompanied by other symptoms.

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