What do you do When Studying Gives you an Actual Headache? — 7 Comments

  1. Japanese is the 3rd language that I’m trying to learn, and while I do still get immersion headaches, they aren’t nearly as bad the third time around, in case anyone is hoping to learn more languages.

  2. I have stopped studying so many times because of headaches. I tried to push through it, thinking I was just being a wimp. Not so. Studying isn’t supposed to hurt. This is supposed to be fun.

    The answer for me, it turned out, was to: 1) stop stressing about my study plan, and 2) lighten my study load. I’m not in any hurry. I’ll get to fluency eventually.

  3. I’ve definitely gotten RTK headaches before. I found making good stories and studying fewer new cards per day helped. Like Kuronue said, I’ll finish it eventually.

  4. I also have a strong history of headaches; for all my life it’s been normal for me to use tylenols 3-4 times a week, and whenever I actually do go to the doctors and ask for some sort of checkup they always just say “oh it’s just stress, itll go away when you X or Y” and then it never does… and of course, sometimes immersion makes it pop out a bit more, so I make sure to take some breaks and have moments of silence so that it doesn’t happen too much.

  5. Huh, I’ve honestly never had these. I’ll admit that I do get fatigued, but never have headaches. And it’s not like I never have headaches period, because I sometimes do, but studying never causes them.

    Closest thing I got eyestrain was when I tried to read manga in the car, and the furigana kept bouncing up and down with the car.

    • Headaches are just a different form of fatigue people encounter. Every person has different fatigue signals :)

  6. I remember mentioning listening immersion headaches, and although mine were quite a problem at first they died down quickly (noticeable improvement within a week).

    It was especially a problem when I started on better immersion materials with long streams of spoken Japanese and no English breaks or music. Now I have much more stamina, but if I start feeling tension around the eyes I just switch to (Japanese) music, which doesn’t tax my brain so much.

    I used to get reading headaches, but they’ve disappeared now that I can be sure of recognise at least half of the kanji in most sentences. Visual Novels also seemed to help me get better at reading and reduce headaches, I guess because you have the voice acting and the text together.

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