How To Treat Stress Headaches

I get these all the time and they suck. Luckily, I’ve come up with a pretty good way of getting rid of them. Once you know what you’re dealing with, it’s not so hard! Time frame for getting rid of the stress headaches (also called tension headaches) vary based on how stressed you are of course. Still, try a couple of these and call me in the morning. (Ha ha, you like my doctor humor? )

What exactly are stress headaches anyway? Let’s see what WebMD says:

Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults. They are commonly referred to as stress headaches.

A tension headache may appear periodically (“episodic,” less than 15 days per month) or daily (“chronic,” more than 15 days per month). An episodic tension headache may be described as a mild to moderate constant band-like pain, tightness, or pressure around the forehead or back of the head and neck.

These headaches may last from 30 minutes to several days. Episodic tension headaches usually begin gradually, and often occur in the middle of the day.

The “severity” of a tension headache increases significantly with its frequency. Chronic tension headaches come and go over a prolonged period of time. The pain is usually throbbing and affects the front, top, or sides of the head. Although the pain may vary in intensity throughout the day, the pain is almost always present. Chronic tension headaches do not affect vision, balance, or strength.

Eye Pillows Are A Gift From GOD Himself!

I have a wonderful eye pillow I purchased from the Dollar Store for a whopping $1! It is awesome! I put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then tie it around my head, lay back and let the cold do it’s thing. Sometimes I fall asleep with it on! After about 20 minutes i’m feelin’ wonderful again! It’s reusable and I HIGHLY recommend getting one if you get stress headaches often.

Take A Nap

I realize this one might be a stretch for the hard-working woman but it’s definitely highly recommended. If your head hurts do as your mom used to say and “go sit yo ass down somewhere!” Lights out, phone off and catch a couple zzz’s so your mind can stop racing and you can center yourself again.

No Bright Lights!

Turning the lights off is a big part of getting rid of a stress headache. Although this type of headache does not usually affect your vision, keeping it dark just helps minimize distractions and calms you.

Tell the Kids to Beat It!

Stop trying to do 101 things when you have a headache. Tell your kids that you don’t feel well and to grant you at least 30 minutes of rest. Don’t tell them you are going to lay down because that won’t stop them! You have to let them know you aren’t feeling well. Kids understand that because they get sick too. Trust me, they’ll play nicely and do whatever it takes so that mommy can feel better.

Turn the Phone Off

I mean it! I know it’s hard not checking your phone every 5 seconds but you really don’t need the distraction. Turn the phone off or put it on silent so you can enjoy just that, some silence!

Take a Pill, But Only As A Last Resort

I’ve never been much a pill taker, but as my mom always says, “Sometimes you just gotta do what works”. If popping a Motrin, Tylenol, BC (my personal fav) or Advil helps you get rid of a monstrous headache, then by all means go for it.

Please know my advice is not super “holistic”. Of course there are thousands of other remedies you can try like oils and teas but these work for me and don’t cost much. You have to do what works for YOU.

What do you do to get rid of your stress headaches?


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