When we’re stressed, we tend to clench the muscles in our jaw, neck and shoulders, which can bring on a pounder. Stand up and shake it out regularly – whether you feel it coming on or not! Try this simple tension-relieving stretch sequence.
Raise and drop your shoulders several times in an exaggerated shrug, then roll backwards and forwards 5 times.
To ease jaw tension, tilt your head back slightly. Then, open your mouth as wide as you can and hold the stretch for 15 seconds.
For your neck, lower your chin to your chest and hold for 15 seconds. Straighten up then slowly tilt your head towards the ceiling. Close your teeth gently to complete the stretch.
Tilt your head towards your right shoulder. Don’t force it any further than is comfortable. Hold for 15 seconds. Slowly straighten and repeat on the opposite side.
Finish the exercise by repeating the shoulder roll.