Tension headaches certainly have a negative impact on your productivity, mood and stamina throughout the workday. After a few hours of suffering, you are ready to throw in the towel and head home. This inconvenience is all too common, but there are several ways that you can prevent tension headaches at work so that you are able to make it through your day without feeling as if you were in a boxing match. Next time you are in the office at your height-adjustable workstation, try these five tips and see if you notice a decrease in their occurrence and a boost in your performance.
Be Kind to Your Spine with Proper Posture
You have probably heard about the importance of good posture throughout your entire life. When you were younger, this notion might have seemed more like a nuisance than a helpful habit to form, but the reality is that your tension headaches might be brought on by poor posture. While you are standing at your height-adjustable workstation or sitting at desk, take the pressure off your neck and spine by sitting up straight, back aligned and shoulders level.
Take Advantage of Frequent, Short Breaks
Taking frequent, short breaks might make you feel like you are not being as productive, but you will soon discover that these breaks are essential to your wellbeing and productivity. Take the opportunity to step back while you are standing at work, stretch and roll your shoulders, or even do a bit of yoga. The mental and physical relaxation that this provides will decrease both your mental and physical stress—helping you to avoid those terrible tension headaches.
Break Up the Tension with a Neck Massage
When you feel the tension building in your neck and a headache forming, stop what you are doing. Step back from your height-adjustable workstation and press into the muscles in the back of your neck. Be sure to apply an adequate amount of pressure, but be kind to yourself and apply a gentle massage. You can also massage the muscles on your temple and the sides of your head. Do this for five minutes, or until you feel the pressure beginning to release from your strained muscles.
Always Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to your wellbeing in so many ways. If you are developing tension headaches often, this could be a sign that you are not resting well, or that you need a more supportive pillow. Be sure that you are not sleeping in any strange, cramped positions and adjust your routine to develop good sleeping habits.
Invest in an Ergonomic Height-Adjustable Workstation
Standing at work could help you to relieve the pressure that is causing the tension in your spine and leading to painful tension headaches. The Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation allows you to go from a sitting to standing position, and vice versa, easily. If you would like to learn more information, visit our product page or contact a representative with Upright Ergo today.