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Tension Headaches: What Causes Them, and How To Get Rid of Them



There’s nothing quite like a headache to make even the strongest of us revert to being a sulky child. A bad headache makes even the simplest of tasks and interactions tiresome and annoying and can bring us into the unproductive state of simply wanting to be left alone and not do anything. The most common headache is undoubtedly a tension headache, and all of us will suffer one from time to time. Fortunately, it’s also the easiest headache to remedy, although the best course of action will depend on the severity of the headache, which varies from person to person. So what are some of the causes of a tension headache, and what are some of the ways to alleviate the problem?

Stay Hydrated

Many headaches result from not having enough fluid in our systems, and a headache after heavy exercise can actually be quite common. Recommendations vary, but it’s a good idea to drink six to eight glasses of water per day, and we mean water. Beer and coffee don’t count. A headache can also occur after spending long periods in the sun, and while sitting in a sunny park with a bottle of chilled wine can seem like an ideal summertime activity, remember that you might have to deal with a sore head afterward.

A Cool Dark Place

It’s essentially a home remedy, but lying down in a cool, darkened room can also go a long way to making your head feel better. While you might not necessarily sleep, it’s important to close the curtains and close your eyes. Avoid stimulation, so ignore your phone, and leave the TV and computer turned off.


If your schedule doesn’t allow you to take time out to sip cold water and spend time in a cool dark space, then a simple over the counter painkiller can help you with the symptoms of a tension headache. An aspirin will usually do the job, but if your headache is particularly bad, then you might want to try ibuprofen, which has anti-inflammatory qualities. For a headache that’s even worse, you might want to give Migralex a try, since it has been formulated to deal with tough headaches.


To prevent tension headaches, or at least reduce their frequency and severity, it can be necessary to take a look at your life. While this sounds rather philosophical, it really means that you should make sure that you’re eating properly (and not skipping meals) and are getting enough sleep. While many of us don’t get the preferred eight hours per night due to family and work commitments, your body will let you know its displeasure, often by giving you a whopper of a tension headache.

A tension headache is something we will all have to cope with, but thanks to these easy tips, they’re relatively easy to deal with, and we can even take steps to reduce our chances of even getting them… so hopefully; we don’t turn into sulky children.