Stress Headaches

Stress can be such a headache!

Stress is a Bitch...

Many of us know too well the pain of stress headaches and how excess pressure can set them off. 

That hammer-like thumping inside your skull, the vice tightening its grip on your head and neck.

It’s not always true that excess pressure equals a world of pain in our heads, there can be a number of reasons they occur.

Some of us may have a biological predisposition towards turning stress into physical muscle contractions which in turn translates into these headaches.

Quite often these headaches can become full blown long after the stressful event has eased, meaning it’s more difficult to make the connection.

But with tension headaches affecting a predicted 40% of us at any one time,  many experiencing one at least every month if not more; short term bouts easily become long-term or chronic.

These headaches seriously suck.

If you feel you are prone to emotion related tension headaches it would be smart to consider relieving excess pressure in your life wherever  possible. 

By using hypnosis to relax the body and mind you can relieve the immediate tension and incorporate it as part of a wider stress management regime.

Smart steps to relieve the ache of tension headaches

Learn to Relax

Relaxation is a perfect way to counteract the negative effects of excess pressure in our lives, a good place to start is by simply listening free to the hypnosis 4 smart girls range of free hypnosis audios. They will gently lead your body and mind into a place of deep relaxation where your conscious mind can take a well deserved rest and restore some much needed beneficial calm to our hectic lives.

Drink More

Headaches can sometimes be a symptom of dehydration, as a good habit drink up to 6-8 glasses of water, hot or cold, fizzy or still it's all good and can possibly helps flush toxins and stressors out of our system.

Herbal teas including chamomile and peppermint also have calming properties and let's face it a hot drink in a mug can provide an indecent amount of comfort. 

If you feel a headache coming on and you're not a regular coffee or tea drinker try one of these caffeine drinks as it can potentially reduce blood-vessel swelling.

Touch Yourself!

Massage the temples, neck and shoulders, all the common areas where muscles become tense and contribute to a headache.

The temple is a good place to start, place both index finger there and rub in small circles and breath in on a count of 3 and out on 4 and then apply pressure for another count of 3 and 4, repeat as needed.

Become aware of your jaw, we tend to hold a lot of tension in this place, if when you direct your attention here you notice your jaw is tight or that your teeth are tightly locked together, allow it to become slack and let the mouth hang open for a moment before forcing a fake yawn a few times to release tension.

Feel tight in the shoulders? Raise them towards your ears and take three deep breaths, then exhale quickly, drop the shoulders and allow them to hang lose. Repeat this three times as needed.


When our bodies react to stress we tend to take short shallow breaths which raises the level of carbon dioxide and dilates blood vessels which in turn can cause a tension headache.

Paying attention to our breathing in the moment we are feeling stressed can prevent the upcoming headache, taking a minute to breathe calmly, deeply and properly can do wonders.

Try taking a deep breaths through the mouth, in on a count of five and exhale through our noses for a count of seven. Find out more of the fantastic benefits of breathing.

General tips to prevent headaches

  • Get your eyes tested, some headaches can clear up once you get a nice pair of glasses
  • Practice good posture while sitting, reading or watching TV. Take a break from your computer be sure to take a ten min break every hour.
  • Change your pillow or sleeping positions. 
  • Headaches might be exacerbated by poor diet, lack of exercise or not getting enough sleep; see how hypnosis can help.

Tips to reduce severity once headaches have started

  • A hot compress, a damp flannel warmed in the microwave or under the hot tap can feel so good when placed on the forehead or back of the neck, the heat can relax muscle tension in these areas, but some prefer the feel of cold compress, you decide which ever feels best just be sure not to burn or freeze yourself, if using an icepack wrap it up in a towel before applying.
  • Try placing peppermint tea bags on your closed eyelids (after drinking the tea) and take a ten minute rest, to soothe your eyes. Avoid bright lights as this affects the eyes and can make a headache worse.
  • Have a power nap or go to bed early.

Headaches can become a natural part of life but only if we let them.

Don’t let stress cause you pain, take smart action today.

Warning; If you suffer a headache out of the blue accompanied by a very stiff neck, fever, nausea, vomiting and confusion best to get checked by your doctor. 

If you experience a headache after an accident particularly if a blow to the head contact a doctor immediately.

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