Stress can be good or bad depending on the intensity, frequency and duration of the stress. It can motivate you to push through challenges, but if left unchecked for a prolonged period of time you may begin to see some of the negative effects such as headaches. A few simple tips may help keep stress and headaches at bay.
We are a sleep deprived culture! One of the biggest determining factors for your health is the quantity and quality of sleep. Make sure to get at least 7-8 hours per night and try to stay on a regular schedule for optimal health.
Get regular exercise
It’s no secret that exercise is good for you, but did you know it can help decrease stress, tension and headaches? This is usually the first suggestion of doctors and chiropractors that frequently treat stress headaches and it can do wonders. Your body needs to burn off all the excess energy built up from the stress of the day and exercise is the only way to do that. So get moving!
Eat a healthy diet
A standard diet full of fat, sugar, processed foods, caffeine, and refined carbohydrates promotes headaches and stress. When your body has the nutrients it needs it can ward off ailments like headaches. Reach for foods that are low in fat and complex carbohydrates, and balance your lean proteins well for optimal energy and recovery. It’s also important to drink plenty of water and eat regular meals. Remember also that skipping breakfast is a recipe for a headache.
Practice relaxation techniques
Activities such as meditation, gentle yoga, progressive muscle relaxation routines, deep breathing and visualizations are great for reducing headaches and stress. Try to get in at least a few sessions per week and really try to relax as much as you can. The effects can be wonderful in more ways than just reducing stress and headaches.
Learn to take it easy
We live in a society that values production, getting many things accomplished and being busy, but more and more people are unhappy and unhealthy. Learning to slow down and enjoy peaceful quiet times without anything scheduled is important not just to being headache and stress free but also to being happy.