5 minute de-stressing tips

5 minute de-stressing tips

Resting and restoring your energy is essential to keep you healthy and focused.

Dr Elliot Shevel, a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the medical director of The Headache Clinic has this advice…

5-minute-de-stressUse these 5 minute de-stressing tips for a healthy well-being.


  • Eat balanced meals three times a day with healthy snacks in between to make sure your body gets the nutrients and energy it needs.
  • Make sure you don’t become dehydrated.
  • Put an ice pack on your forehead to help narrow swollen arteries and relieve tension headaches.
  • Avoid bright flashing lights. A television or computer screen can also contribute to a headache.
  • Breathe deeply – this promotes relaxation, relieves tension and provides more oxygen to the blood vessels.
  • Massage your neck and shoulders or have it done by a therapist.
  • Exercise regularly to relieve tension and stimulate circulation.


  • Skip meals. Keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating regularly and at least three times a day.
  • Take too many painkillers. Your body becomes accustomed to them and they can make headaches worse in the long run.
  • Lose out on sleep. Fatigue is a major cause of headaches, so aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Sleep on your stomach or in any position that causes muscle spasms in your neck.

TIP Drink tea and feel fabulous!

In need of a health boost? Put on the kettle and pour yourself a cup of tea.

  • Drink chamomile tea when you’re feeling stressed, angry or before you go to bed.
  • Drink green tea when you’re feeling tired, sick or trying to lose weight.
  • Drink chai tea when you’re feeling sluggish or have a stomach ache.
  • Drink peppermint tea when you have aches and pains.

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