7 reasons you experience pressure in third eye (and how to relieve it)

Feeling a weird sensation over your third eye?

The third eye is the energy center that is believed to play a significant role in how we see and understand the world around us because it is the chakra that governs our psychic abilities, intuition, imagination, and insight.

Also known as the Anja or brow chakra, our third eye sits just above the eyebrows in the middle of the forehead. When we experience pressure or discomfort in this area, our energy flow becomes disrupted, and we may experience feelings of imbalance, confusion, or being out of focus.

It may feel like an intense pressure or heaviness between your brows, a light warm touch over your forehead, or it can also feel like tingling just above your eyebrows.

If you’re wondering why you could be feeling third eye pressure or any of the above sensations, it’s probably not a coincidence that you’ve stumbled upon this article. Because today, we’re going to look into 7 reasons you experience pressure in the third eye, along with practical tips on how to relieve it.

Let’s dive in!

1) It’s the beginning of your spiritual awakening

The most common symptom for the third eye opening is pressure around the brow chakra, so it makes sense that this tops our list of reasons the third eye feels heavy.

As we said earlier, the third eye is strongly linked to psychic and spiritual experiences, so if you’re experiencing a pressure sensation over your brows, this may be a sign that you are coming closer to attaining harmony with your spiritual senses and intuition.

Also, if you’re trying to activate your third eye by engaging in meditation, chanting, or crystal work, don’t be alarmed if you suddenly feel pressure over your Anja. This tingling sensation means that you’re heading the right way toward your spiritual awakening.

Third eye pressure relief during a spiritual awakening

The pressure on your brows from activating your third eye can sometimes feel uncomfortable, so here are a few techniques that may help ease the discomfort:


Deep breathing regulation exercises, such as pranayama, help provide a sense of calm and balance. Do this by taking slow, deep breaths, taking your focus out of the discomfort and back towards focusing on your Anja.


If you still feel some pressure over your third eye after your meditation or breathwork, try certain yoga postures to release tension around the head.

The downward-facing dog, for example, is a good way of soothing the stress you’re feeling from the discomfort. It can also help increase blood flow to the head, which relieves headaches and could help offload the pressure off your brows.

Seek guidance  

The signs above and below will give you a good idea about your spiritual awakening and what pressure on your third eye means.

But a surefire way to know is to seek guidance through a gifted advisor. They can answer questions like:

  • What are the other signs and symptoms of the third eye opening?
  • What happens when my third eye chakra is overactive?

The problem is finding someone you can trust.

That’s why I recommend Psychic Source. When I signed up for a reading, they gave me a unique insight into where my life was going, including who I was meant to be with.

Having tried several online advisors, I think they’re the most caring, compassionate, and helpful network of gifted advisors out there.

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Not only will a genuine advisor tell you what to do when you feel pressure on your third eye, but they can also help you tune in to your intuition and reveal all your love and life possibilities.

2) You’re experiencing sensory overload

A modern-day reason you experience pressure in the third eye is overstimulation. I say this because we are constantly overloaded with information and new technology that can overwhelm the brow chakra in today’s digital era.

Think about it.

We are constantly exposed to a lot of sensory stimuli like excessive screen time on our phones, computers, or televisions.

Our ears are also bombarded daily with artificial sounds, such as the music blasting from a portable speaker, the honking of cars during rush hour traffic, or the endless number of calls you answer via Bluetooth earpieces.

There’s so much information coming from so many sources that our Anja cannot keep up, resulting in an energetic overload that manifests as discomfort or pressure around our third eye.

Relieving third eye pressure caused by overstimulation

The next time you feel pressure on your third eye chakra, assess your surroundings. Find out if you may have sensory overload and try one of the following:

Spend time in nature.

Try taking a walk somewhere far away from the hustle and bustle. Doing this doesn’t take away all stimuli entirely, but it minimizes them to levels that are more therapeutic rather than overwhelming for your brow chakra.

Take regular screen time breaks.

We can’t always leave our desks and run to the forest or the beach on a whim. So for days when you’re stuck at work, taking 5-minute breaks away from your screens allows your third eye chakra to recover from overstimulation.


Meditation is a great tool for promoting balance, especially when your energy system is overloaded. Meditating for third eye pressure relief can be as simple as taking time alone to do breathwork or reaching out to experts for guided meditations.

3) There’s an imbalance of your other chakras

Even if we make meditation a daily part of our practice, we can still experience chakra imbalance, causing third eye pressure. Because our chakra system works in harmony, an imbalance in one of the chakras can affect how the other energy centers function.

This means that when one of our other chakras is out of function, blocked, or overactive, it prevents energy from moving smoothly throughout our body. When this happens, pressure is built up in the other chakras, including the third eye chakra.

Here are some specific examples:

  • An imbalance in your throat chakra can sometimes physically manifest as neck pain, eventually leading to a sensation of heaviness over the third eye.
  • Your solar plexus is the chakra associated with control, authority, and confidence. If you have solar plexus imbalance, such as constantly feeling self-doubt, this can lead to stress which could manifest as pressure over your brow chakra.

How to relieve third eye pressure caused by chakra imbalance

The tips we’ve outlined above for other causes of third eye pressure can also be used to address chakra imbalance. But here are two other tips specific to chakra imbalance that you could try when you’re feeling Anja pressure:

Tap the healing properties of crystals.

Each crystal corresponds to one or more specific chakras. The beauty of crystals is that you can use them in so many ways:

  • Wear them as jewelry or carry them in your pocket.
  • Place them on your body.
  • Create a grid out of different crystals to balance all chakras.
  • Hold them during meditation.
  • Use crystal salts with a warm bath.

No matter how you choose to use crystals, choosing a crystal that corresponds to the chakra you’re trying to balance is key.

Tap into the power affirmations.

Positive affirmations are one of the simplest ways to restore balance to your chakras to relieve third eye pressure.

All you have to do is repeat chakra-specific affirmations, such as “I am confident in my abilities,” “I trust my intuition,” “I allow myself to experience joy,” and so much more.

4) You’re sleep deprived

Speaking of chakra imbalance and blockages, did you know that lack of sleep can be one of the reasons why you feel pressure in your third eye?

That’s because, on a physical level, the third eye chakra is thought to govern the pineal gland. This gland is the part of the brain that helps regulate the circadian rhythm or our body’s internal clock responsible for our sleep patterns.

If you think about it, it’s really a chicken and egg situation. Here’s why:

Your third eye chakra is blocked, so your sleep regulation is out of whack, causing you to lack sleep. When you’re sleep deprived, it disrupts the harmonious functioning of your third eye chakra, causing you to experience blockage manifesting as third eye pressure, among other sensations.

It’s hard to tell which one comes first, but one thing’s for sure, there’s definitely a connection between lack of sleep and third eye pressure.

How to relieve third eye pressure caused by lack of sleep

Adequate sleep is one of the musts for your well-being and overall health. If no medical issues are causing your sleep disturbance, try one of these tips for having a good night’s sleep:


Essential oils like lavender, bergamot, cedar wood, vetiver, Ylang-ylang, chamomile, frankincense, and sandalwood are known for their soothing scents and calming properties, which in turn promote sleep. To relieve third eye pressure through aromatherapy, apply a small drop to your skin or use a diffuser to gradually release the essential oils into the air.

Relaxation techniques

Meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, and visualization are just some of the relaxation techniques you can do to help promote a restful night’s sleep. Of course, counting sheep works, too, as long as it relaxes you!

The trick is to free your mind of racing thoughts until it’s calm enough to achieve sleep.

5) You may be experiencing emotional trauma

Experiencing traumatic events or intense emotions can severely impact your third eye chakra, which may be why your third eye feels heavy.

Sometimes you feel free of emotional trauma, but there may be scars that still haunt you without you being aware of it.

Examples of emotional trauma can include post-traumatic stress, grief (from a breakup or the death of a loved one), domestic violence, trauma from childhood neglect or abuse, and more.

Relieving third eye pressure caused by emotional trauma

Again, emotional trauma can be tricky because sometimes you don’t recognize it yourself. The best way to deal with emotional trauma is to deal with any of your unresolved emotional issues.

You can do this on your own but you can also seek professional help. This can be through counselors, psychologists, social workers, support workers, and religious leaders. There’s no strict rule as to who to reach out to as long as you reach out to someone with experience and/or training to deal with these types of experiences. Of course, choose someone that aligns with your personal beliefs and perspectives.

If, after working with a professional to address your emotional trauma, you still want more clarity on this, I’d suggest speaking to a gifted advisor at Psychic Source.

I mentioned them earlier. They have helped me out in the past, and I’ve always found them honest and compassionate in their readings.

So instead of trying to solve all your emotional issues on your own, speak to an advisor who’ll give you the answers you’re looking for.

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6) Your diet needs attention

Whatever diet you’re on, if it lacks essential vitamins and minerals as well as important nutrients, your body will feel its negative impacts.

And you guessed it right, this includes blocking your third eye and the six other chakras. This can cause many physical symptoms, including pressure on your third eye.

Remember that your Anja chakra directs your wisdom, perception, and intuition. So if you don’t nourish your body well enough, this could lead to misdirection and a lot of confusion along the way.

Using a proper diet to relieve third eye pressure

Did you know that the third eye chakra is associated with the color indigo? If not, then now you know.

Why am I telling you this? Because it’s a cool trick when figuring out what foods help support your third eye chakra.

When you think of the Anja, the indigo chakra, think of purple foods. (I know, technically, they’re not the same colors. But hey, they belong to the same shade!)

Foods like blueberries, purple cabbage, eggplants, purple kale, purple carrots, purple grapes, and blackberries support your brow chakra and help relieve third eye pressure. You can also try a cup or two of lavender or rosemary tea.

Though neither indigo nor purple, cacao and dark chocolate are rich in flavonoids and help boost serotonin, which helps balance the third eye chakra.

7) You may be stressed

Stress is a factor that causes a lot of emotional and physical symptoms.

Because the third eye chakra corresponds to mental awareness, intuition, perception, and inner wisdom, it’s extra sensitive to anything that produces mental strain or emotional disturbance.

When you’re stressed, the third eye chakra becomes imbalanced, or its energy flow is blocked, which is what causes pressure in your third eye.

Stress relief for management of third eye pressure

There’s a reason I put stress at the bottom of our list of reasons you experience pressure in your third eye. It’s because it can be managed by practicing any, some, or all of the techniques we’ve listed above.

That’s the great thing about stress – there are so many ways of managing it. Relaxation, sleep, food, crystals, oils – we all cope with stress differently, so I will leave it to you to decide.

Medical reasons why we experience pressure in the forehead area

Sometimes we feel pressure in and around our forehead that can easily be mistaken for third eye pressure. These include:

  • Eye strain. Especially when you work with screens or artificial light all day.
  • Migraines. Migraine sufferers know that there are many symptoms associated with it, but forehead or brow pressure can be one of them.
  • Sinus problems. Pain or pressure around your forehead can indicate a sinus issue brewing.
  • Some medications also cause forehead pressure or aches as their side effects. These medications can include headache medicines, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapies, and medications used to treat chest pain or heart disease.

Remember, although it comes and goes, third eye pressure shouldn’t be lingering. So when you experience persistent, longstanding, and/or severe pressure around your forehead area, it’s always best to consult your doctor to rule out any medical issues.

Maintain balance and free flow of energy to prevent pressure on your third eye

There are many reasons you’re experiencing pressure in your third eye, but in a nutshell:

It all boils down to imbalance and blockage of your third eye chakra.

This type of pressure around your brows shouldn’t be prolonged, and you can easily relieve it by identifying what has caused the blockage or imbalance.

Once the cause is identified, you can address the third eye pressure through relaxation techniques, breathwork, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, crystal healing, proper diet, getting enough sleep, or any stress management technique.

As always, it’s up to you to identify the best remedy for you and your circumstances.

Hopefully, the reasons listed above will shed some light on why you’re experiencing heaviness over your third eye.

But if there’s a part of you that still wants to know more, I recommend speaking to a genuine advisor.

And there’s one company that I always end up recommending, Psychic Source. Not only did they blow me away with their accurate reading, but they were also kind and understanding of my questions.

So if you’re tired of wondering about what is causing you to feel third eye pressure and what you can do to relieve it, get in touch with a gifted advisor and take your future into your own hands. I did, and I’ve never looked back since.

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If you want specific advice on your situation, it can be very helpful to speak to someone with special intuition.

I know this from personal experience…

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Tina Fey

Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Nomadrs to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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