Real talk: Everyone is affected by tension headaches, especially if you stare at a computer screen all day. Fortunately, there’s an easy and ibuprofen-free way to get rid of that pesky pain at the base of your skull. Bonus: It takes only 15 seconds.
What you do: When in doubt, stretch it out. Sit up straight in a chair (posture is key here, folks), with your chin tilted slightly down. Then lower your head as you tuck your chin into your chest. You should feel the stretch at the base of your skull. Use your hand to apply light, steady pressure to the top of your head, providing a deeper stretch. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat as necessary.
Why it works: There are four key muscles located at the base of your skull, known as the suboccipital muscles. Stress, fatigue and lack of exercise can cause these muscles to contract, leading to uncomfortable tension headaches. Before heading to the medicine cabinet, simply stretch your suboccipital muscles to release and relax them.
And if that doesn’t work, you can always try the pencil trick.