Make a daily game plan
Creating a ‘to-do’ list can reorganise your thoughts and help you set priorities for the day ahead. Start by assessing when you are most productive – are you a morning or evening person? Plan your day so the most challenging tasks are tackled when you’re at your best.
Set some boundaries
To maintain a healthy work-life balance, you have to set distinct boundaries. Easier said than done? Start by taking one step at a time – keep your computer switched off at home, make time for your favourite hobby or organise catch-ups with friends and family.
Talk it out
Simply having a chat to family and friends can enhance your wellbeing. If you’ve had a tough day at work and feel overwhelmed, get some fresh perspective by calling a good friend and talking it over. If you have a friend at work, grab a coffee and share a laugh with someone who might be feeling exactly the same as you.
Move your body
A 2008 Workplace Health Management study discovered that people who exercised before work were happier, more productive and experienced less stress. Even taking a vigorous walk during your lunch break can be enough to improve your fitness and can help keep those tension headaches at bay.
Don’t skip meals
We all know that nutrition is key to good health, but when you’re busy it can be hard to find time to eat at all. The reality is that missing a meal reduces the level of sugar in your blood, which can sometimes trigger or exacerbate a headache. Get each day off to a good start by enjoying a healthy breakfast – it’s been found to reduce stress and improve work performance.
Sleep away stress, and your tension headache
Feeling tired may be a trigger for tension headaches. Getting more sleep is a good idea because fatigue can result in the release of stress hormones, the underlying cause of some headaches.
Have trouble getting to sleep in the first place? Then try changing your routine. Going to bed at a regular time each night and avoiding caffeine in the evening can help.