Natural Ways To Reduce Stress, Tension And Headaches

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By Charlene Gisele, Health and Wellness Coach

1 Stop multi-tasking!

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Multi-tasking for productivity is a myth. This form of hyper-productivity is lauded in professional circles but in reality, it takes up far more energy than you realise. You end up doing things half as well, in twice the time, plus the mental overload can cause headaches. Instead, diligently allow for a single task or thought at a time, and systematically move through the list instead of juggling them all. Plus, each time you tick something off the list, it helps to lighten your mental load.

2 Schedule in a daytime nap

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It’s possible to have headaches due to physical or intellectual fatigue! So, rather than cramming in as much work as possible, do the opposite – take a nap or have more sleep and you’ll find you’ll have more sustained energy and fewer headaches. This might sound counterproductive when you have ‘so much work to do’, but you’ll work more efficiently and with fewer headaches when you’re well-rested.

3 Take a breather

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A mini, conscious breathwork session can be all you need to help relieve tension in the body. Whether you’re on the move or working at your desk, just take a few minutes to inhale and exhale deeply and consciously, engaging your diaphragm instead of your chest. Keep the breaths even, deep and smooth. Deep breathing calms the body down and reduces the stress on the brain, which should help to alleviate headaches.

4 Have a bathroom dance

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Try to pause at least once a day for a creative release, as it’s a brilliant way to reduce stress on the mind and engage another part of the brain. Try drawing, doodling, playing an instrument, singing, or having a quick dance. If you’re in the office, a co-working space or around others, you might have to escape to the bathroom or windowless meeting room for that dance, but it’ll be worth it.

5 Take a cold shower

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Cold therapy works! Applying a cold compress on your forehead is a great home remedy for headaches because the cold constricts blood vessels and reduces pressure on the nearby nerves. If you feel brave enough, hop into a cold shower for 30 seconds to three minutes for dramatically quick relief.

6 Put on blue light filter glasses

Prolonged exposure to artificial blue light from staring at our screens is a major contributor to headaches. I recommend hourly eye breaks by using a mask to completely rest the eyes for a couple of minutes. If you absolutely can’t reduce your screen time (are you sure though…?) then consider a pair of biohacking blue light filter glasses to help reduce the strain.

7 Get outside

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Stepping out for a breath of air is a great way to reduce stress, especially if you can make it to a local park. But a little walk about the block and a bit of sunshine could also reboot your energy and help to reduce the intensity of a headache.

Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!