Doctors used to believe the causes of tension headaches were muscle tension caused by stress, but they now believe there are multiple causes.
Stress headaches are the most common kind of headache, and most people have one from time to time. Americans spend millions of dollars each year on pain medicines, and most of this is used for tension headache relief!
While tension headaches are very common, they are not normal. There is some reason that you are having these headaches, and removing the cause will improve your physical and mental health!
Do you have a job where you are pressured to meet deadlines, over-scheduled for appointments, do extra work for someone who is on vacation, or you don’t get along with a co-worker? You could easily find yourself suffering from stress headaches.
Are You Prone to Stress Headaches?
Tension headaches are a head problem, so to speak. In other words, they start in your thoughts, and you are responsible for them. Why do I say that? Because everyone experiences stress and tension differently.
For example, rate each of the following with a number from 0-10 (0 meaning no stress, and 10 meaning the most stress you can imagine:
- Covering for a co-worker for 4 weeks because she had a baby (doing her job and yours).
- Camping in the rain
- Being the first person at the scene of a bad accident
- Being stuck in traffic
- Driving home from work in the snow
If we were to ask 25 people for their scores, each would have a different number. For example, one person might love camping in the rain, because they just light a campfire, make some-mores and take a walk in the woods.
Another person might pack up and go home–because camping with kids in a tent in the rain is just too stressful!
One person stuck in traffic might develop a throbbing headache. The person in the car behind him, might just put a CD in the player and use the time to relax and think.
Each person experiences stress and anxiety differently, based on past experiences, his self-talk or her perception of a situation.
Common Causes of Tension Headaches
So how do you know when you have a stress headache? Your first clue is your stress level. Any number of things can cause your stress level to rise, and, even though you may not know it, your subconscious mind can contribute to your feeling stressed.
Here are some stressors that can make you feel tense and lead to a headache:
- Caring for a toddler or infant – For many new mothers, this 24 hour a day caretaking job is a real shocker. You may be tired from being awakened at night, and tired from trying to keep up with your child or care for an infant.
- Caretaker blues – At the other end of the spectrum, if you are taking care of a disabled or ill adult, you can feel overwhelmed with the responsibility and lack of time for yourself.
- Relationship issues – going through a divorce or simply not getting along.
- Being out of work
- Financial issues
- Being overweight
- Promising more than you can deliver
Those are just a few of the possibilities, and I know that you could easily make your own list.
While we all have stress, we all have the ability to handle it well. If you need a little help, I suggest that you start a good hypnosis program to help you handle your stress levels.