Headaches are painful- and inconvenient. It may become a challenge to perform daily tasks such as work, spending time with your family, and taking care of your home. More so if these may be chronic or recurrent.

For many headaches your physician might find a cause, and treat it specifically. So seek medical help.  For other, non-specific headaches life style changes described below may help.

The Causes of Chronic Headaches

Chronic migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches all fall into the broad category of chronic headaches. The pain may affect one or both sides of head and can be mild, moderate or severe.

One of the important causes of chronic headaches may be stress.

Headaches may be affected by body chemicals and harmones. Headaches are common in women and may be related to harmone changes.

Finally, chronic headaches may be genetic. If you have relatives that suffer from similar headaches as yours, you may take their advice as to what helps.

Coping with Chronic Headaches

There are a number of coping strategies that can be implemented for positive results.

One of the useful practice is to try to keep your stress levels low. To do so, you need to exercise on a regular basis, not smoke, eat healthy, watch your weight and make other life style changes as needed.

In addition, try to figure other triggers are that cause or worsen your headaches.

These may include chemicals like food additives, sugar substitutes and other chemicals- ingested or inhaled. Some headaches worsen with bright sunlight.

If you are a smoker and you suffer from chronic headaches, try stopping smoking. If that does not help headaches, you would still have done something good for your long-term health.