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How to Relieve Head Pressure

By Shemiah Williams ; Updated December 11, 2018

Head pressure can be debilitating and highly unpleasant when you need to focus and be productive. Stress, tension, changes in air pressure or sinus problems can all cause head pressure. No matter the cause, if you experience it, you want relief fast.

  1. Use your middle and pointer fingers to gently massage your temples, forehead, the area in front of your ears and the base of your neck. Muscle tension in the head can cause head pressure.

  2. Drink warm liquids such as tea, coffee or warm water. Changes in air pressure or sitting in cold air can cause head pressure. The warm liquids help to regulate your body temperature.

  3. Heat a wet towel in the microwave for one minute, and place it on your forehead.

  4. Inhale steam from hot water scented with peppermint oil or lavender oil as aromatherapy.

  5. Take an over-the-counter decongestant. If you suffer from sinus or allergy problems, head congestion can cause head pressure. A decongestant helps to clear the nasal passages, thereby alleviating the head pressure.

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