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How To Halt A Tension Headache

In March, addressed a main symptom of burnout and stress: headaches. But how does an individual halt the foremost consequence of elevated tension?

“Episodic tension-type headaches can be related to specific instances of increased worry or concern, and usually are helped by eliminating the stressful situation or by over-the-counter analgesics,” stated National Headache Foundation, adding, “Stress cannot be completely avoided but learning to better deal with it can help reduce headaches.”

Michigan Medical at the University of Michigan, in a report titled “Tension Headaches,” outlined ways to possibly avoid the onset of the ache that occurs on both sides of the head and sometimes in the neck and shoulders:

1. Reduce stress.
2. Get enough sleep.
3. Exercise regularly.
4. Eat nutritious foods at regular intervals — avoid becoming “hangry.“
5. Practice good posture. Slouching may tug at muscles in the neck and shoulders.
6. Take stretch breaks when using a computer.
7. Make sure eyeglasses are the correct prescription and eyes are not strained when working.
8. Consider a headache diary: “Every time you get a headache, write down the date, the time, and what you were doing and feeling before your headache started.” Pay attention to trigger patterns.

Regarding reduction of stress, alluded to a 2018 Gallup poll finding that aspects of one’s job can often cause extreme tension and even burnout: time pressures, lack of communication and support, unclear expectations, unmanageable workloads and more. The goal is to pinpoint and address factors that may regularly elevate stress levels.

Michigan Medical shared that there is a difference between a tension or stress headache and a migraine. A migraine headache usually causes throbbing pain and starts on one side of the head, instead of an ache on both sides, like a tension headache. Another primary distinction: “Pain from a tension headache is usually not severe and does not get in the way of your work or social life.” A migraine, on the other hand, is “an extremely painful primary headache disorder,” clarified in April 2019.