15. Stretching and moving
When you stay in a position for a long time, such as sitting at a desk, it can cause tension and create headaches. Even hunching over to examine a cell phone can put pressure on your neck and lead to a severe tension headache. No wonder so many of us suffer from tension headaches! Stretching can help significantly. A 2012 study that measured the results of stretching in a 12-month program found that headaches decreased in frequency and intensity by 69 percent.
One easy way to avoid this is to make sure that you take a break every half hour. Stand up, move around and stretch. Move your head from side to side to help relieve a build-up of stress. Turn your head to the left and hold for a couple of seconds and then turn to the right and hold. Repeat this 10 times each way. This stretch is good for the little joints on the side of the neck.
There are many exercises that can be done at work without access to any fancy equipment. Another exercise that can help is a chin tuck and stretch. Bend the head forwards with your right hand and guide your chin towards your chest with your left hand. You will feel the stretch at the back of your neck. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat several times.
Finish off your stretching exercises with some shoulder rolls. Roll them forward five times and backward five times to loosen up the muscles. Always try to remember that bad posture, poor ergonomics, reduced flexibility, repetitive actions and increased anxiety and stress can play havoc with your body and cause headaches so try to be conscious of this and take preventative measures.