There’s nothing like getting slammed with a headache to bring your day to a standstill. But whether the pain is from sinuses, medication, tension, migraines, or cluster headaches, there are steps you can take to reduce and manage it:
- Seek medical advice. Over 28 million Americans have migraines, for example, but more than half of them have never been diagnosed or treated by a licensed health professional. Find out what type of headaches you have — and ask about your treatment options.
- Keep track. A headache diary will give both you and your healthcare provider important information — such as symptom patterns, potential triggers, and which medications do and don’t work for you.
- Relax. Stress is a common trigger for both migraines and tension headaches. Learn effective ways to reduce stress such as progressive relaxation, visualization, or relaxation breathing. Seek guidance from a professional counselor if you’re having trouble coping.