-These headaches commonly develop with stress and anxiety, though they can have other triggers.
^mild to moderate dull or aching pain
^pressure behind your eyes
^pressure that feels like a band around your head
^tightness in your neck and shoulder muscles
-Tension headaches might improve fairly quickly, but they may persist for several hours or days.
-They aren’t always severe enough to affect your daily life, but can still have a negative impact on quality of life.
-Migraine can also be associated with anxiety. It’s not always easy to tell if you’re experiencing a migraine or tension headache, especially if you get both types of headaches.
^pain that feels like a throb or pulsation
^pain on one side of your face or head
^tingling in your face, arm or leg on one side
^seeing spots or flashing lights
^increased sensitivity to sound, light, or strong odours
^nausea and vomiting
^feeling lightheaded or fainting
-Without medication or other treatment, a migraine attack can last for days.
-The pain can become so severe that it prevents you from your usual activities.
-Movement or physical activity can make you feel worse.
**Causes of Headaches
-Stress: Stress as a common trigger. Headaches that occur with anxiety can happen as a physical response to the emotional distress you’re experiencing.
-Sensitivity to pain: It’s also believed that people who regularly get headaches may be more sensitive to pain. This sensitivity can lead to more tenderness in your muscles.
-Muscle tension: Muscle tension is one aspect of anxiety. When you feel anxious, your body responds, preparing to deal with the source of your worry. With long-term anxiety, your body tends to stay in a state of increased alert. The tension in your muscles remains, instead of relaxing normally after the threat subsides. This contributes to headaches.
-Lack of sleep: Many people with anxiety have difficulty sleeping. This is another common trigger for migraine attacks.
-Serotonin levels: Changing serotonin levels in the brain may also play a role in migraine headaches. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that has many important roles in your body. Having too much or too little serotonin in your brain can affect physical and mental health. Sudden decreases in brain serotonin levels may cause headaches through the release of neuropeptides or constricted blood vessels.
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.