Nothing is worse than the Monday blues, except for the headache that inevitably rears its ugly head just as you are ready to call it a day.  While your pounding head may be a result of the day’s long meetings and deadlines you face, what you might not know is that poor posture may also be a contributor.

Specifically, poor posture (which leads to tightness in your upper back, neck and shoulders) can cause what is called a tension headache—that uncomfortable feeling of a rubber band around your head that seems to get tighter and tighter.

So what can you do to prevent tension headaches?

Stretch.  Get up and stretch for at least a couple of minutes each hour.

Avoid sitting or standing in one position for a long period of time. When you are sitting, don’t forget to use your BackJoy SitSmart to tilt your pelvis, and thus your spine, into proper alignment. This will ensure you aren’t slumping over or sitting with the notorious forward head posture (picture that person whose nose is inching closer and closer to the screen).

Use speakerphone or try a headset. Holding a handset between your head and shoulder can once again, strain muscles in your shoulders and neck, leading to headaches.