When we’re stressed, we tend to clench the muscles in our jaw, neck and shoulders, which can bring on a pounding headache. Stand up and shake it out regularly – whether you feel it coming on or not. Also, try this simple tension-relieving stretch sequence daily.
Raise and drop your shoulders several times in an exaggerated shrug, then roll backwards and forwards five times.
Stretch your jaw
To ease jaw tension, tilt your head back slightly. Then, open your mouth as wide as you can and hold the stretch for 15 seconds.
For your neck, lower your chin to your chest and hold for 15 seconds. Straighten up then slowly tilt your head towards the ceiling. Close your teeth gently to complete the stretch.
Tilt your head towards your right shoulder. Don’t force it any further than is comfortable. Hold for 15 seconds. Slowly straighten and repeat on the opposite side.
Repeat the first step
Finish the exercise by repeating the shoulder roll.
WHEN TO WORRY: If a severe headache comes on suddenly, is accompanied by blurred vision, slurred speech, numbness, fever or vomiting, see a doctor quickly to rule out something nasty. If you have persistent headaches that don’t respond to natural remedies or pain medications, visit your doc.