How to Relieve a Tension Headache or Migraine

Y’all. This week has really thrown me for a loop. Since Sunday morning, I’ve had what I thought was a tension headache, but what now seems more like a migraine. Either way, it’s been incredibly painful as I’m not used to having throbbing head pain several days in a row. There have been a few hours here and there where I haven’t had it, like right now thankfully, but otherwise I’ve been trying to deal with it as best I can.

I took to Instagram stories to ask for your advice and you all shared so many helpful tips that I figured I’d compile them in one place! Take a look below.

Place a cold, damp towel or ice compress where it hurts.

Manage your stress and/or anxiety levels.

Take some Excedrin or extra-strength pain medicine.

Minimize your exposure to light and/or noise.

Limit your sugar, caffeine, and alcohol intake.

Take a nap or rest in a dark, cool room.

Reduce your exposure to blue light and screens.

Take a bath with candles lit or a warm shower.

Rub peppermint or lavender essential oil on temples.

While many of these seem like common sense, and they are, they’re still really crucial. I’ve found so many of them to be helpful this week, especially using an ice compress to numb the throbbing pain and limiting my screen time as much as possible.

If you’re having the same problem with headaches or migraines, especially those ones brought on by stress and/or anxiety, I hope some of these help you as they helped me. Special thanks to everyone who gave me these tips!

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