Some folks question if an anxiety headache is “real”, wondering if stress or anxious feelings can truly cause this type of pain.
In actuality, getting headaches from anxiety is quite common to our daily life of the 21st century.
Initially, this kind of headache may be bearable. But if proper treatments aren’t taken, then the disorder may become a chronic one, with the pain lasting from a few hours to several weeks.
A few symptoms you may notice are:
1. Abnormal sweating
2. Muscle twitching
3. Stomach discomfort
5. Feeling uncomfortable in an ambience of bright lights
7. Constricted breathing
8. Increased blood pressure and heart rate
Causes range from biological to environmental.
Genetics may play a role. Research is ongoing in attempting to learn which type of DNA passes the headache from parents to children.
Environmental causes are usually stress related, such as a negative change in lifestyle. People who aren’t able to adapt to sudden changes in lifestyle have often found themselves suffering from anxiety headaches.
Overall, long-term stress plays a significant role in creating anxiety. The reasons for this stress can be anything from your workplace, family life, financial worries, etc. No matter the cause, you need to find ways to relieve your stress.
You may want to visit your physician before taking any kind of self step treatment. However, understand that your doctor will most likely ask the following questions:
As you move into treating your headache, an obvious choice when you’re
in the middle of experiencing one is to take an over the counter
headache reliever. Another option is a hot shower, as well as drinking
water to avoid dehydration.
However, you want to work toward solving the underlying issue of stress that’s causing your anxiety to begin with. This will help you prevent the headaches ahead of time.
This is important because the act of exercise, whether it’s walking, jogging or light strength training will naturally release bodily hormones that help reduce the effects of your mental stress.
Before, during, and after exercise sessions, be sure you’re taking in enough water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
Again, your headaches are most likely the result of mental worries and stress. Meditation has been found to be effective in “quieting the mind” in order to relieve your mind from the constant thoughts of worry or impending doom.
This will also help reduce the anxiety built up in the cells of your body. This relaxation reduces the physical stress being applied to your body’s muscles, joints and brain.
Focus on getting the correct amount of sleep. This is when your body has the chance to heal itself. Often, when you’re under too much stress, it means you’re not getting enough sleep, which adds to the mix in terms of developing an anxiety headache.
Sound therapy has been found to be one of the most effective treatments when it comes to reducing the level of anxiety you’re experiencing.
If sound and/or music healing is new to you, realize that it’s been a way humans have been treating stress and anxiety related symptoms since the time of the ancient Egyptians. It’s not a new idea. It’s simply been lost amid the modern day push toward pharmaceutical treatments.
If you’re serious about avoiding the possible side effects of modern day drugs, then sound therapy can be of great benefit to your stress levels and in preventing your anxiety headache from appearing.
During sound therapy, your body and mind absorb calming sound frequencies that help bring your cells back into alignment. Your stressors are actually causing your cells to become “out of tune” with what maintains your health.
This is why stress and anxiety cause not only headaches, but stomach and chest pains, gas, high blood pressure, dizziness, depression, nausea, etc. Most likely, you’re feeling some of these conditions in addition to your headaches.
For that reason, we encourage you to explore sound healing as a way to seek relief. If you’d like more information, fill out the form below and we’ll rush it over to you.