What Causes Reoccurring Headaches?

Reoccurring headaches – talk about stress! I used to never get headaches unless I was traveling. But then I’d take a plane somewhere, stay for a week and have a MASSIVE headache the entire time.

This was the first time I got a real taste of what it might be like to have chronic headaches. And in case you haven’t experienced them (which is unlikely, given you’ve landed on this site), let me tell you – they’re nothing to shake a stick at.

Funny how we view headaches as a “minor” health issue. That’s probably because they’re usually temporary. But when they’re consistent, they seriously effect the overall quality of life. It’s hard to enjoy your time when your head feels like it’s going to explode.

On this website, we’ve covered a few quick remedies that can help you out in a pinch. These include natural remedies and quick ‘n easy acupressure techniques. But with headaches, the name of the game is prevention. Although these natural remedies work, it’s better to not have the headache in the first place.

Unfortunately, due to the hectic lifestyle most of us lead, headaches are almost a natural side effect. Therefore, it’s important to understand what can cause a headache, then try and cut that out of your life. Doing so will dramatically decrease the odds that you’ll get a headache in the future.

Stress and Tension

Ahh, first world living. Where our only problems are ourselves. We’ve taken all “predators” out of the equation, but our mind needs something to latch on. So we stress out about our daily lives. And with the amount we work—and the types of jobs we’re working—it’s no wonder most people living in countries like America have a significant amount of stress.

Stress causes headaches. And once you have a headache, it makes it worse! Think of this – you’re working on an important project. All of a sudden you get a headache. “Uh oh,” you think, “now is NOT the time to be getting a headache, I have this project due!”

Wish granted! Your headache has now doubled in intensity. It’s a vicious cycle. If you think about your headache, it gets worse. But since it’s causing you pain, it’s very difficult to just ignore it.

When this happens, listen to your body. In many cases, headaches are caused by tension. With your mind, examine your muscles. Are you tensing up in your shoulders? How’s your neck looking? Are you sitting up straight and relaxed? Are you breathing through your nose?

Realize that stress is not helping you get your work done or helping you get rid of your headache. So relax. Whatever task is at hand you’ll get done, trust me. Just relax, breathe deeply and focus on what’s in front of you.

Alcohol Consumption

Hangover. The very word is likely to spawn a headache straight from the bowels of hell. If you suffer from consistent headaches and also drink a significant amount of alcohol, we may have just diagnosed the problem.

Of course, alcohol is great for relaxation, but it can come back to bite you. Therefore, assess the quality of your life. Is alcohol providing more of a benefit than the headaches are taking away? If so, continue consuming the amount of alcohol you are! However, if headaches caused by alcohol are seriously debilitating, it might be time to put the drink down. Easier said than done, but it will be worth it.

Caffeine

Yet another drug that helps us get through the daily grind. And it’s yet another drug that can cause some serious headaches. Often times, this is as a result of withdrawal. If you don’t get that cup of coffee in the morning, you’ll have a massive headache. But caffeine can also cause that headache in the first place, so it’s almost a no-win situation.

You may need caffeine to function in the morning. We understand. But once again, assess the risk to reward ratio. Is caffeine improving the quality of your life or taking away from it. And, are there other options out there?

These are three “biggies.” Most people drink alcohol. Most people consume caffeine. Most people have stress and tension in their lives. Is it any wonder why most people also suffer from headaches?