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Prevention

You may be able to reduce the chance of a tension headache by learning how to manage stress. Try the following strategies:

  • Keep a diary, marking when headaches occur and what you were doing before they started.
  • Learn to recognize what provokes a tension headache.
  • Avoid or minimize stressful situations.
  • Take frequent breaks to walk or move around.
  • Make time for pleasurable activities.
  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and focusing on something pleasant.
  • Learn techniques for coping with difficult or stressful situations.
  • Make time for friends and build a strong support system.
  • Go to bed early and get a good night's sleep.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Do not slouch.
  • Hold the phone, rather than cradling it on your shoulder, or use a headset.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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What do you do when you get a headache?
I take something that contains ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)
32%
I take one or two Tylenol
14%
I take good old-fashioned aspirin
6%
I take prescription pain medication like Imitrex or something similar
13%
I try to avoid taking medications if I can, but I do try a nice shot of caffeine like coffee or soda pop
8%
I meditate or do yoga
2%
I go to bed and try to sleep it away
17%
I do something else--please comment below if you would like
9%
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