Way back when, our bodies evolved our fight or flight response for the purpose of making sure we would be adequately prepared to deal with any of the physical dangers we very realistically could have encountered on a daily basis.
As a result, our heart and breathing rate, blood pressure, and blood flow to our extremities all increase during such an event. It's this fight or flight response that allowed us to effectively prepare for battle or to flee from predators in the wild.
Of course, we're still hardwired with this very useful and necessary instinct, but times certainly have changed! Today, our bodies find it more difficult to differentiate between physical danger and psychological stress. We may react to that dreaded big meeting at work with the same internal reactions as if we were being chased by someone or something!
So, how does all this relate to headaches?
If there's one thing you should understand about stress, it's that it can and often will worsen your symptoms when you're not feeling well.
There is a very real link between all kinds of stress and headaches.
Episodic headaches, or those that occur sporadically, are often triggered by isolated, stressful incidents.
A few of the most common everyday stress triggers include anxiety, poor sleep habits, or significant life changes.
Chronic headaches are often triggered by daily, constant stress and a lack of regular exercise.
To help you combat this cycle of stress and headaches, we've compiled a list of some of our top tips for reducing stress so you can reduce your headaches.
Tips for Reducing Stress and Headaches