Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Relation of Stress and Headaches

Headaches are painful and can ruin one's day.

When we stress out with the everyday elements it can cause us to have headaches. There are many different kinds that we can obtain such as a sinus,cluster,tension and even the big mac of them all, the migraine. The diagram on the right can help you figure out which one you may have as you are experiencing one.

According to webmd, "Emotional stress is one of the most common triggers of migraines and tension headaches also known as a stress headache. Migraine sufferers are generally found to be more emotional and highly effected by stressful events. During stressful events, certain chemicals in the brain are released to combat the situation (known as the "flight or fight" response). The release of these chemicals can provoke blood vessel changes that can cause migraine headaches."

Daily stressful situations such as our jobs can cause a person to experience chronic tension headaches. Stress management, counseling, and medications such as antidepressants or anxiety medicine are useful to help with these chronic tension headaches.

The online mayo clinic suggest these tips to use to avoid stress and headaches. Although we cannot avoid daily stress, we can try to control it.

1. Simplify your life
2. Manage your time
3. Be Prepared
4. Let go
5. Adjust your attitude
6. Relax
7. Take a break
8. Exercise regularly
9. Eat smart
10. Laugh
11. Change the pace


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