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“One method of conscious breathing is to ask quietly from within what you would like this breath, at this moment, to provide for you,” Zeeb said. “For example, if you're feeling stressed, quietly say to yourself, ‘with this breath, I will bring peace and love to my mind, body and spirit - I ask that all energy that I am holding onto and causing stress in my body be released in this moment.’ Take a breath and know/trust that you are heard, and then relax into the breath. This takes one moment. As you practice doing this throughout your day, you will find that things you thought were important can be released, or at least redirected, without attachment to them.”
If you’re at work, you can always take a quick break if you’re feeling too much anxiety, and you can practice breathing and relaxation techniques, and try to clear your head briefly of all thoughts. If necessary, you can take headache medicine if your doctor approves it.
When I have headaches at work that are possibly caused by anxiety or other issues, I take two Excedrin migraine pills as soon as I feel a headache coming on, and usually that helps me get through the day. However, you should consult your doctor and do not take this as medical advice – this is just what works for me. I also will crack my neck and massage my scalp if needed, and this can help a little. I take all recommended breaks at work and try to clear my mind during these breaks as well, or focus on positive thoughts. Sometimes if you are wearing a tight ponytail that could also be contributing to a headache. Make sure you are getting enough sleep as well, because sleep deprivation can cause headaches or add to headaches caused by anxiety.
An article on www.healthcentral.com suggests taking a hot shower or “using an ice pack and lying down in a dark or quiet room” to treat a tension headache, which could be caused by anxiety.
What gets you through a headache caused by anxiety?
Walfish, Fran. Email interview. August 2, 2011.
Zeeb, Catherine. Email interview. August 2, 2011.
Bailey, Eileen. Tension Headaches. Web. August 2, 2011.