Stress is a burden on its own, but when accompanied by physical discomforts like an upset stomach or bad headache, it becomes especially difficult to deal with the load. Luckily, there could be an easy fix when it comes to a stress-related tension headache, and it doesn’t come in the form of over-the-counter pain relievers that you might be used to using for relief. Rather, it comes in the form of a pencil.


Stress-related tension headaches are largely connected to clenching your teeth, but placing a pencil between your teeth could help you prevent putting this strain on the jaw (

Stress-related tension headaches may be caused by clenching your teeth. Placing a pencil between your teeth could help eliminate this strain on the jaw (

When you start feeling a headache coming on as a result of stress, it is most likely linked first and foremost to what’s happening with your jaw. According to director of the New England Center for Headache in Connecticut, Dr. Fred Sheftell, it is common for people to strain the muscle that connects the jaw to their temples when they are feeling burdened by stress, although the exact reasons as to why they tend to do so is not quite known. What is known, however, is the fact that this proclivity to clench the teeth and strain the jaw can easily cause a painful tension headache.


Enter the pencil. The trick here comes down to the importance of relaxing the jaw and releasing the strain being placed on the muscle reaching from your jaw to your temple in order to ease your headache. The pencil becomes an important tool because by placing the pencil between your teeth (take care not to bite down too much, as this may defeat the purpose of the exercise), you essentially stop yourself from clenching your teeth, thus easing up on your muscle and fighting your headache from the source.


It is worth noting that while this trick can work wonders to ease pain from tension headaches caused by excessive stress, it would do considerably less to ease other types of headaches, as not all headaches are linked to the clenching of the jaw.


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