Quitting smoking. Two studies of adolescents have found that smoking raised the likelihood of headaches. Persuading young smokers to stop might be slightly less daunting if arguing headaches rather than a far-off threat of lung cancer.
Limiting stress. Persistent stress wreaks havoc on the body, making any number of health conditions worse. But if your headache pain commonly creeps in only after a deadline passes or the exam is over, it is not necessarily triggered by the stress itself, says Lipton, but by relaxing after stress. The phenomenon is called a "let-down headache," he says. Instead of napping afterward, wind down with exercise.