Science Daily suggests that headaches can cause humans to be inefficient to the extent that it costs more than $31 billion and 12 million doctor appointments yearly. As more studies are conducted on headaches, it is now believed that counseling behavioral changes in lifestyle is more effective, in terms of cost and results than medical procedures.
Following are 10 lifestyle habits that contribute to headaches and how to alter them:
1. Anxiety and Depression:
Anxiety is the primary cause of headaches and can lead to higher levels of clinical depression. Headaches, in this case, are a symptom of DSM-5 depression and the pain can be often intense. Immediate way out of anxiety is the famous 4-7-8 breathing exercise, by Dr. Andrew Weil, which helps in lowering heart rate to normal and increasing relaxation.
Inhale through your nose until 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and finally exhale slowly in just 8 seconds. Medically, one of the most common antidepressants include SSRIs, however, counseling with psychological wellbeing practitioners is a more effective method to reduce anxiety and depression.