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Simple Ways To Calm An Anxiety Headache

Akanksha Nigam

If you or a loved one experiences anxiety, you know that it can wreak havoc by creating restlessness, excessive worrying, irritability, and fear. It can also cause nausea, fatigue, and breathing issues. 

Anxiety can also cause what is known as an anxiety headache. This can cause discomfort in your scalp, neck, and head. You may have tension headaches if you are constantly stressed or worried about something. Frequent tension headaches worsen the symptoms of anxiety.

If you suffer from migraines, there may be a link between migraines and anxiety. A study conducted in 2016 found that migraine headaches are 2-5 times more likely to occur in those with anxiety than those who do not. It also states anxiety symptoms are more common among people with chronic migraines. Chronic migraine consists of frequent migraine attacks with headaches lasting for 15 or more days in a month, and for people with fewer headaches, anxiety puts them at risk of more headaches over time. 

What Does an Anxiety Headache Feel Like?

There are three types of anxiety headaches: tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. Each type has different signs and symptoms.

Tension headaches cause mild pain on either side of the head. They can last for hours or days but do not worsen with physical activity.

Anyone who has experienced a migraine can tell you that the head feels like it's going to explode during a headache. You may feel a sharp or throbbing pain on one side of the head, especially on the eye and back. Migraines can last for a day or longer and could be accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light.

A cluster headache can cause multiple attacks of extreme pain lasting from 15 minutes to many hours. Watery eyes, runny nose, and sweaty face are other symptoms of a cluster headache.

How To Get Rid of an Anxiety Headache?

Her5 e are some simple at-home ways to get rid of an anxiety headache:

1. Over-the-counter Headache Medication

Common over-the-counter medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen may relieve the headache. Drugs that combine pain relief with caffeine may also prove helpful for mild to moderate headaches.

Other drugs increase serotonin levels in the brain and reduce inflammation. However, if you have an anxiety headache every day, it could be very harmful to your body to take pain-relief medication daily. If you get headaches frequently, talk to your doctor.

2. Anti-Anxiety Medicines

If over-the-counter medication doesn’t help, you should talk to your doctor, who may prescribe anti-anxiety medication to treat the underlying cause of headache. These drugs are designed to relax the muscles and reduce the frequency and intensity of the headaches.

3. Cold Showers

Research shows that exposure to cold activates the sympathetic nervous system. Because of the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower sends enormous amounts of electrical impulses to the brain. Ice for headache causes an anti-depressant effect.

4. Heating Pads

Heat therapy increases the blood flow in a particular area and reduces inflammation.

Applying a heating pad to your shoulders or neck will help relax the muscles and ease the tension of the headaches. Taking a hot shower has similar benefits.

5. Stay Hydrated

Research to understand the relationship between water and anxiety has shown that staying hydrated lowers the risk of anxiety and headaches.

Dehydration can cause a sudden rise or drop in blood pressure and affect blood volume leading to headaches and dizziness. This headache could be sharp or throbbing pain all over your head or in one spot.

6. Vent

One of the best ways to manage anxiety is to talk about it. Venting to a friend or talking to a therapist can do wonders and ease your tension. 

5 Products For Anxiety Headache Relief

HPFY carries many products to help treat headaches from anxiety. Some of our best sellers are

1. Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow

FSA Approved

Relax your back and neck muscles and feel the tension melt away with this pillow. Made of non-allergenic and non-toxic foam, it aligns your spine as you sleep. It helps maintain the spine's natural curvature and reduces risk factors of disease, obesity, and depression. 

Features of Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow

  • Reduces blood pressure and stress
  • Improves mood, memory, and concentration
  • Provides the right environment for sleep
  • Supports the head even in side sleeping positions
Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow



2. ITA-MED Gabriella Women Thoracic Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis Posture Corrector

FSA Approved

Align your spine by providing proper support to your back's lumbar and sacral regions. Great for use in your car, office, or anywhere you have to sit for a long period.

Features of ITA-MED Gabriella Women Thoracic Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis Posture Corrector

ITA-MED Gabrialla Women Thoracic Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis Posture Corrector



3. Amrita Aromatherapy Bergamot Essential Oil

Made In USA

Aromatherapy has long been used to relieve many different issues. Indulge in an aromatic bath, use a diffuser, or apply it to the heart and chest area when you feel anxious, sad, or depressed. The refreshing citrus scent will enhance your mood and make you feel less tense. 

Features of Amrita Aromatherapy Bergamot Essential Oil

  • Stimulates digestion and energizes the stomach, liver, and spleen
  • Relieves skin conditions such as herpes, shingles, dermatitis, eczema, and boils
  • Useful in the urinary tract and bladder infections through douches and hip baths
  • Aids in respiratory problems like tonsillitis, mouth infections, sore throat, and halitosis
Amrita Aromatherapy Bergamot Essential Oil



4. Core Headache Ice Pillow

FSA Approved    Made In USA

Designed by a headache specialist, this pillow helps relieve headaches, migraine, muscle soreness, and neck pain. The fiber cervical lobe supports the neck, while the two side lobes cradle the head for comfort.

Features of Core Headache Ice Pillow

  • It can be used while sitting upright and when sleeping on your back
  • Compact and portable
  • Designed with an insert that holds a soft frozen gel pack
  • Latex-free
  • FSA Approved
Core Headache Ice Pillow



5. Biofreeze Professional Pain-Relieving Gel

FSA Approved    Made In USA

Smooth this gel onto sore muscles and joints for instant relief and increased range of motion. Biofreeze does not contain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It simply stimulates the cold receptors to create a cooling sensation and relieve pain.

Features of Biofreeze Professional Pain-Relieving Gel

  • Contains methanol which acts as a natural pain reliever
  • It can be applied directly to the skin
  • Reduces arthritis pain
  • Fast-acting 
  • Dye-free formula
Biofreeze Professional Pain Relieving Gel



Anxiety occurs when we have overwhelming or unresolved emotions and can impact health and cause unrest and headaches. It also affects your mood, relationships, social life, and sleep pattern. Over-the-counter medications can help relieve the pain. However, if these headaches occur daily and start affecting daily life, it is best to consult a healthcare professional.


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Akanksha Nigam has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2021. With a Masters Degree in Finance, she began her Marketing career in the banking industry. However, her interest in human ...

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