CAUSES OF TENSION HEADACHES
– AND HOW TO BEAT THEM
Tension-type headache, rather than migraine, is what most of us mean when we talk about having a headache. Symptoms include a constant ache on both sides of the head, a tight neck and pressure behind the eyes. Causes include:
Dehydration... If a headache strikes, drink a glass of water (around 200-250ml) every 15-20 minutes until the pain subsides.
Poor sleep... Practise a winddown routine, making sure your bedroom is dark, not too hot or cold and solely for sleeping in.
Stress... Taking time out to practise breathing or mindfulness can help.
Eye strain... Look away from the task in hand regularly, focusing on the middle distance. Check brightness, contrast and text size on screen.
Muscle tension... Pay attention to how you sit and stand. You should be upright but not rigid, with a natural curve in your spine, and your lower back should be supported. Take a break hourly to stretch. Alexander Technique classes can help.