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.
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).