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Tension headaches are very common and occur in up to 80 percent of the population. Around 3 percent of people have tension headaches. These are called chronic tension headaches. Women are more likely to have tension headaches.
If you are having frequent headaches it’s important to go to the doctor because there are other conditions that can cause headaches and you should have a correct diagnosis first.
Symptoms of Tension Headache
• Mild or moderate pressure around the forehead
• Tightness at the back of the head and neck
• Chronic tension headaches can cause a throbbing pain and often hurt more than occasional headaches
• Your eyes may be mildly sensitive to light.
What Causes Tension Headaches?
Tension headaches are caused by a variety of things, but are largely down to stress and poor posture. Feeling upset and crying can trigger them, as can anxiety or depression. Other causes include lack of sleep and over exertion.
If you work many hours at a computer, you may be sitting in the wrong position. Tight neck and shoulder muscles can cause tension headache.
Ways to Ease Your Tension Headaches
If they are down to stress or depression, see if you can set aside some time for you each day, for instance, a relaxing soak in the tub where you aren’t going to get interrupted, a nap during the day ("power napping" even for only 10 minutes can be helpful) or a walk. Fresh air can sometimes dissipate headaches.
If you are very depressed, lean on your family and friends and seek the help of a doctor and qualified counselor, who will help you find ways of coping.
If you are a busy mom, ask your partner or a relative to look after your children for an hour in the evenings so you can do something for you.
If your schedule is just too full, see if there are any areas in which you can cut down on your activities, for instance, reducing your working hours or cutting out an evening class. See if you can delegate duties to other members of your family, for instance, by having a rota for household chores.
If you work at a computer, make sure you take regular breaks and use a V-shaped cushion for posture support.