Everyone has stress in her/his life.
Stress is both good and bad. You need enough stress to keep you active, interested, and excited about your life. Too much stress, without relief, can be harmful to body, mind, and spirit.
Take some time to think about the amount of stress in your life and what you usually do to cope. If you often feel tense and your muscles are taut, consider participating in an activity that can help reduce the way you react to stress.
Some activities to consider include different forms of exercise, movement therapies such as yoga or tai chi, practicing a musical instrument, and mind-body approaches (see next section on therapy to prevent headaches). Try something new or do something that you know you enjoy. Even a small amount of time several days a week spent in this way can help improve the way you feel.
Read entire handout An Integrative Approach to Recurring Headaches by Dr. David Rakel at University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine.
David Rakel MD is Associate Professor atThe University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Rakel is the Founder and Director of the UW Integrative Medicine Program.
Dr. Rakel is board certified in family medicine, holistic medicine and sports medicine. He is the editor for the textbook Integrative Medicine, now in its third edition, and co-editor for the Textbook of Family Medicine. Dr. Rakel completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.
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