Here are Three Ways to Achieve Anxiety Headache Relief

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If you suffer from frequent anxiety attacks accompanied with headaches, you might be wondering whether these two conditions are related. According to research, there is a link between anxiety and headache.

The link between headaches and anxiety attacks

We need to look at the inner workings of the brain to explain why anxiety is usually coupled with headaches. Serotonin is neurotransmitter that affects sleeping patterns, mood changes, and pain perception. During a migraine attack, serotonin levels become more active than usual. The increased activity of serotonin results in anxiety.

The good news is that doctors have formulated effective ways on how to treat both conditions when they happen at the same time. Here are some tried-and-tested tips for anxiety-headache relief.

 

  • Reduce or avoid exposure to stress triggers

 

If your anxiety is mainly due high levels of stress, it’s best to practice natural coping mechanisms that are known to reduce stress include deep breathing exercises, rest, and sleep. Relaxation techniques including meditation and a simple massage of the head and other stressed parts of the body can significantly reduce your anxiety and therefore alleviate the pain and discomfort brought about by headache attacks.

 

  • Medications

 

Anti-anxiety drugs or anxiolytics are prescription medications that people diagnosed with anxiety need to take for effective treatment. Tricyclic depressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, traditional anxiolytics, are found to treat headache and migraine symptoms, too!

 

  • Therapy

 

If the anxiety is always coupled with migraine or headache attacks, the main focus then is to learn how to properly manage anxiety as a condition. Doctors suggest cognitive behavioural therapy as such conventional therapy was found to be effective in treating not only anxiety but headaches, too. This type of therapy teaches patients to be more aware of their thoughts and emotions, and by such can provide them with coping mechanisms which can lessen their bouts of feeling worried as well as migraine or headache attacks.

If you wish to learn more about different methods by which you can treat anxiety and headaches, click here. For other enquiries, you may reach us on +61 1300 077 707 today.

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