Sunday, 15 March 2015

Advice: Headache At Work | AimeeBellMua

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Like all of us we have very stressful lives and jobs which can result in very uncomfortable and painful tension headaches. I am a big sufferer of this, sat at a desk for 8 hours a day and then wanting to spend additional hours on my laptop blogging! 

So I thought I would share with you a few tips I have picked up to try and aid the headache and to try and prevent them in future.

1.    I guess the most obvious is posture… There are a few checks that you can try for this to see if posture is the reason you could be suffering. (This is definitely my biggest problem)

Support your back – Ensure that your chair is properly supporting your back so that you can sit up straight and your knees are level with your hips. You may need to ask your employer for a foot stool for this.

Adjust your chair height – Make sure your chair is at a level where you can use the keyboard with your wrists and forearms straight and level to the floor. Your elbow joint should be at an L shape.

Place your screen at eye level – Your monitor should be around an arm’s length away, with the top of the screen roughly at eye level.

2.    I have started wearing glasses due to looking at the PC screen all day as you should try to make your screen as glare-free as possible. The glare from the lights to the screen have caused me to get horrendous headaches, so a trip to the opticians could really help you. I have had something called Blue Lens put on them as this helps to stop the glare hurting my eyes & has really helped.

3.    Make sure you are keeping yourself hydrated. It can be very easy to forget to drink and even eat sometimes when we are busy at work but it’s very important to just take a few minutes to grab a glass of water. Drinking a glass of water can eliminate the headache without having to use additional remedies like medication.

4.    Try doing some neck stretches at your desk to relieve some tension . The one which I tend to find eases it slightly is tilt your head to the left, resting your left hand on the right side of your neck and you should feel a nice release. Repeat on the other side.

5.    Try eating almonds as a snack during your day. These contain something called salicin which is a pain reliever similar to those found in aspirin.

6.    And if all else fails then resort to taking a form of pain relief such as Paracetamol/Ibuprofen (please read the instructions of use before taking, to ensure you are okay to take them) I find that the Nurofen Plus/Express work the best for me!

Have you guys got any tips for aiding painful tension/stress headaches? Comment below!

Love A