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Health coach reveals simple hacks to prevent and treat headaches caused by stress

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Most people who have ever had a headache know that they can range from nagging to debilitating. The most common type is a tension headache, a mild, constricting feeling around your head that’s often caused by holding your neck in a tight position.

The use of medicines is one way to treat a headache.

But there are also plenty of ways—like Health expert Charlene Gisele recommended here—that can help you head off the ache.

Health and Wellness expert Charlene Gisele has revealed her seven hacks for preventing such types of headaches.

She said: “Headaches are the body’s way of telling you to slow down and change up your habits.”

Are we multitasker?

Spending time on phone while chatting, eating and doing other things at once take up more energy than you realize.

We call this ‘multitasking’, but this form of hyper-productivity takes up far more energy than you realise, according to Charlene.

According to the expert: “You end up doing things half as well, in double the time, plus the mental overload can cause headaches.

“Instead, diligently allow for a single task or thought at a time, and systematically move through the list instead of juggling them all.

“Plus, each time you tick something off the list, it helps to lighten your mental load.”

A daytime nap?

Charlene said: “It’s possible to have headaches due to physical or intellectual fatigue!

“So, rather than cramming in as much work as possible, do the opposite – take a nap or have more sleep and you’ll find you’ll have more sustained energy and fewer headaches.

“This might sound counterproductive when you have ‘so much work to do’, but you’ll work more efficiently and with fewer headaches when you’re well-rested.”

Breath?

Breathing keeps us alive, but most of us don’t even think about how well we are breathing.

Charlene says: “Whether you’re on the move or working at your desk, just take a few minutes to inhale and exhale deeply and consciously, engaging your diaphragm instead of your chest.

“Keep the breaths even, deep and smooth. Deep breathing calms the body down and reduces the stress on the brain, which should help to alleviate headaches.”

Bathroom dancing?

The clubs might be closed, but we should all be taking some time for a little boogie at home (especially if you’re prone to headaches)

Charlene states: “Try to pause at least once a day for a creative release, as it’s a brilliant way to reduce stress on the mind and engage another part of the brain.

“Try drawing, doodling, playing an instrument, singing, or having a quick dance.

“If you’re in the office, a co-working space or around others, you might have to escape to the bathroom or windowless meeting room for that dance, but it’ll be worth it.”

Take a cold shower

Water therapy (also known as hydrotherapy) has been used for centuries to take advantage of our body’s tendency to adapt to harsher conditions. As a result, our bodies become more resistant to stress.

Charlene finds: “Cold therapy reduces headaches because the cold constricts blood vessels and reduces pressure on the nearby nerves.

“If you feel brave enough, hop into a cold shower for 30 seconds to three minutes for dramatically quick relief.”

Put on blue light filter glasses

Screen time is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to headaches, but using a blue light filter is one way around this.

Charlene explained: “Prolonged exposure to artificial blue light from staring at our screens is a major contributor to headaches.

“I recommend hourly eye breaks by using a mask to completely rest the eyes for a couple of minutes.

“If you absolutely can’t reduce your screen time (are you sure though…?) then consider a pair of biohacking blue light filter glasses to help reduce the strain.”

Get outside

Walking in nature is a great idea if you’ve got a headache.

Charlene said: “A little walk about the block and a bit of sunshine could also reboot your energy and help to reduce the intensity of a headache.”

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