How to Prevent Stress Induced Headaches

Marie Clysdale, Editor

With the end of the year steadily approaching, events like prom can excite us, but also cause us even more stress. Also, many students have to worry about studying for their upcoming AP tests and final exams at the end of the year. It is the time of year when teachers are trying to feed us every last bit of information into the next short weeks. This time of year can be very overwhelming for students, and it is not uncommon to get a bothersome headache from all of the stress.

A stress-induced headache is a pain or discomfort in your head, scalp, or neck due to a stressful event or activity. There are many ways to have to relieve headaches, over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen, may help relieve pain. If this doesn’t help, hot or cold showers and baths may be able to help as well. If you have a headache, try not to watch TV or look at screens for too long, this can make headaches worse. Another way to help reduce headache pain is by gently massaging your head and neck muscles, or resting in a quiet room with a cool cloth on your forehead. The best thing you can do for yourself when you are overly stressed out drinks lots of water and get lots of sleep.

Stress-induced headaches are one of the many ways people experience stress, and it can be very bothersome when you just want to get your work done. Stress is unavoidable, and finding ways to cope with it will help you be more productive. It is important to prioritize your mental health over anything else. Taking a day off from school, or even just taking time to sleep in, maybe the best way to re-center yourself and help you de-stress.