Wednesday, October 28, 2009

How to Avoid Tension Headache Triggers

How to Avoid Tension Headache Triggers

When you want to avoid a tension headache, you need to be aware of your body and the triggers that cause it. Your body will normally send you signs that a headache is on the way.

AVOID STRESS - Stress can be the biggest trigger of tension headaches. Avoid stress by analyzing your life and cutting out the things that cause you stress unnecessarily. May be there are people that you can see less often and situations that you can avoid. You can also take action to relieve stress by removing yourself from stressful situations and using mind and breathing techniques.

EAT AND DRINK - Eat and drink properly to avoid tension headaches. You are more susceptible to a headache if you are dehydrated or have not received the proper nutrition. Low blood sugar, high blood sugar and other food related issues can cause or trigger headaches. Listen to your body so that you can take action to avoid the headache before it starts.

BREATHE PROPERLY - Take deep breaths. Shallow breaths can actually cause headaches by increasing CO2 levels which cause pain in the blood vessels. Take deep breaths if you feel a headache coming on. Breathe in through your nose to the count of seven, hold for a count of four and exhale out of your mouth for the count of eight. Repeat as needed.

VISUALIZE - Take your mind off of your troubles by visualizing something pleasing to you. There is no need to focus on the negative, especially if there is nothing that you can do about it. You can mentally take yourself out of a situation even if you cannot physically take yourself out of the situation.

LAY DOWN - Take the time to lay down and relax your body. A short break or nap will really help you to recharge your batteries. Use relaxation techniques to relax your body. Concentrate on one body part at a time starting with your feet to relax each part of your body.

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