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3 Simple Tension-Tamers

3 Simple Tension-Tamers

Do you ever get stressed and tense? Can you sometimes feel a tension headache coming on? No matter where you are–in a crowded office or subway, or sitting alone at home–here are three easy things you can do right now to help yourself relax.

1. Shoulder Shrugs. Donít carry the weight of the world; shrug it off! Shoulder shrugs are easy stretches that release tension from your upper body. You can do them while either sitting or standing.

a. Inhale and tighten your shoulders, pulling them up toward your ears.

b. Exhale and gently release.

c. Repeat three times.

2. Self-Massage. Prolonged desk work causes tight shoulders and upper arms. Take a minibreak and rub the stress away with a self-massage.

a. Place your left hand on your right shoulder.

b. Gently knead the muscles between your neck and arm.

c. Squeeze. Hold for a few seconds, then release.

d. Continue to gently squeeze and rub along your shoulder and upper arm.

e. Repeat on your left side.

3. Headache Tamer. Tame tension headaches–or head them off at the pass–with this simple technique.

a. Place your index and middle fingers of both hands at the outer edges of your eyebrows and on the indentations of your temples.

b. Rub in small circular movements.

c. Increase the pressure and hold for a count of 2.

d. Release; repeat as necessary.

Read more: Spirit, Exercises, Guidance, Natural Remedies, Self-Help

Adapted from 365 Ways to Relax Mind, Body, and Soul, by Barbara L. Heller (Storey Books, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Barbara L. Heller. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from 365 Ways to Relax Mind, Body, and Soul, by Barbara L. Heller (Storey Books, 2000).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:42PM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:40PM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:49PM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thank you!

2:57AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thanks! Just did the shoulder one - worked great!

2:55AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

simply effective

2:49AM PDT on May 10, 2011


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7:19PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

already do these and nothing helps except 2 Tylenol!

8:23PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

thank you!!!!!!!

1:05PM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

I tried the neck and shoulder massage. It works and feels so good.ahhhh....

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