9. Stiffness is a common symptom of anxiety
If you’re stuff and tense all day long, your body can get to a point where it’s actually unable to relax on its own, which can cause muscle stiffness, back pain, headaches, etc.
People with anxiety often complain of pain in their shoulders, neck, head, and even the face…but why is it these areas? When we’re stressed or anxious, these are the first areas that hold this muscle tension. You may actually feel yourself tensing your shoulders and pulling them up to your ears. If you notice this, take some deep breaths and try to relax them.
How to help: Get into a routine of doing shoulder and neck stretches once or twice a day. Yoga can also be very effective in reducing shoulder and neck stiffness. Roll a tennis ball between your back and a wall to help relieve stiffness.
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