Stress is one of the main causes of headaches. Relieving tense muscles may help calm tension headaches, the most common type of headache. If you have one, you may also feel extra sensitive to light and sound. Rest or sit in a dimly lit room. Close your eyes and try to relax your back, neck, and shoulders.
It may help ease tension headache symptoms by helping pain relief drugs work better and faster. That’s why caffeine is often an ingredient in pain medications. See how you respond, because caffeine can also be a headache trigger for some people.
Relax to Ease Pain
Deep breathing exercises and mental imagery techniques may cut your stress and ease headache pain. Take several deep breaths. Breathe out slowly, relaxing areas that feel tight and cramped, while you picture a peaceful scene. Drop your chin toward your chest, then gently and slowly move your head in a half circle from one side to the other. Take another deep breath and let the air out slow…