Weird Feeling in Head That Comes and Goes – What Is It?

Written by: Shreya Manerkar – MA (Psychology)

Last updated date : February 10, 2023

Does it feel like you have a tight band around your head? Is there a weird feeling in your head that comes and goes? It sometimes feels like a tingling sensation which makes you wonder – why my head feels so weird?

In this article, we will discuss what are tension headaches and their causes. Following this, we will also explain how it affects your life and what signs to observe. Finally, we will give you some tips to handle this weird feeling and prevent them in the future.

You will come across some key terms that will help you understand the article better:

  • Tension headache – It is a weird tingling sensation that feels like there is a tightness or weight on your head. Due to this sensation in the head that comes and goes, you may feel dizzy and lose focus.
  • Overthinking -is an unhealthy thinking pattern where people only focus on negative events and worry about the past or the future. People who overthink or are undergoing stress tend to get this weird sensation in the head.

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Chapter 1:

What Is This Weird Feeling in Your Head That Comes and Goes?

Imagine you are sitting watching television and suddenly you remember an incident from your past. You start thinking of all the bad decisions you have made and things that could have been different. From thinking about your past, you start thinking of your future. Like a chain reaction, one thought leads to another. Before you know it, it has been one hour that you are thinking about different situations.

Now tell us, how will the head feel after this one hour of non-stop thinking? It is possible that you may feel like your head is getting heavy and you are being pricked by needles. Along with this, you may feel tightness around your head. Hence, you have weird feelings in your head every time you worry. You will also notice that when you are relaxed, you may not have this weird feeling in your head.

Chapter 2:

How Does Overthinking Affect Your Life?

The best example of overthinking is a snowball that is tumbling down from a mountain. It first starts as a small little ball that keeps rolling and rolling. As it keeps rolling, it starts getting bigger. Can you tell us what happens to things that come in the way of the big snowball?

You guessed it right – it crushes everything. Similarly, overthinking can crush our personal, social, and work life. As we said earlier, overthinking leads to headaches which leads to a weird feeling in our heads. Let us explain how this affects our lives.

Personal Life

When you start getting this weird feeling in your head, you worry. You want to know why this feeling comes and goes. Every time you try to do something you feel dizzy. Hence, you are unable to perform basic tasks. Additionally, the weird sensation can be due to physical health issues. If so, you may worry if the feeling will ever go away.

Social Life

If you constantly have a weird feeling in your head, it may be very difficult to socialize. You may avoid places with loud noises as they make this feeling worse. As a result of this, you may miss out on meeting friends, watching movies, or trying new restaurants.

Work Life

Every time you have a weird feeling in your head while working, you are unable to concentrate. You lose focus and cannot perform the task at hand. Due to this, you start having problems at work. Moreover, sometimes the headaches can be so severe that you miss work.

Chapter 3:

What Are the Signs You Should Observe?

A weird or tingling feeling in your head that comes and goes, may or may not have some triggers. While some of the situations may be very obvious, others are not. Here is a list of signs or common causes for the weird sensation:

  • If you have a cold or flu Headache
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Injury to the head
  • Drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs.
  • While there could be many more medical conditions, these are common signs among people.

Chapter 4:

How Do Handle This Weird Feeling and Prevent It in the Future?

As we mentioned earlier, overthinking, stress and anxiety can cause these weird feelings in the head. Hence, it is important to make some attitude and lifestyle changes to reduce their occurrence.

Be Prepared

Always be flexible in your plan. If you have frequent headaches and need to make changes to your plan, you need to be ready. Remember, it is okay to give your mental health importance over other things.

Change Your Attitude

Instead of always having negative self-talk such as “I can’t do this”, “My head always feels weird”, or “This is difficult”, change them to positive thoughts.

Plan Your Day

Make a to-do list every morning. In this, allot time for your work, your health, and personal life. When you have the day planned out, you will feel more in control of the situation. If you plan your day, you can also tackle the task in small batches.

Let It Go and Take It Easy

When you see yourself overthinking and your head feeling weird, take a deep breath and stop. Instead, take a piece of paper and write all the things that are in your control and out of your control. What is not in your control, let it go.

Break Bad Habits

As much as possible, adopt a healthy lifestyle. Quit smoking, or drinking too much coffee or alcohol.

Try Something New

Along with breaking away from bad habits, try to break away from your regular routine. Avoid working on the weekends. Instead, explore your interests and hobbies.

Find Support

Talk to your friends or family to help you with these difficult times. You can share about these weird feelings in your head and how they hamper your life.

Speak to a Doctor

If you feel these weird head feelings are causing too much of a problem in your day-to-day life, speak to your doctor. You can get a thorough medical check-up done to rule out other issues.

While only doing this may not completely change things, you can work on your negative self-talk by yourself. A good self-help course that you can check out is Chronic Pain which will help you understand why these weird feelings in the head come and go and how to work on them. Please click “Courses” on the navigation bar to access our online self-help courses.

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70 sections

6-Weeks Self-Paced

  • Educational Content
  • Quizzes
  • Self-reflection material
  • Suggestions & feedback
  • Worksheet, tips & tools to use

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