5 Surprising Places You Hold Stress

Find out how stress impacts you from head to toe.

5 Surprising Places You Hold Stress

By Diana Kelly Levey

When you feel anxious and worked up as pressures mount in your life, you’ve probably felt some tension in your neck, back, or may have experienced a tension headache. And while rubbing those areas, applying heat, and adjusting your posture might help you relieve some of the tightness and pain, there are a few other areas in your body that you’re likely to hold stress. Here’s how emotional stress is causing you physical pain in unexpected places.

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If you’ve ever attended a yoga class, your instructor probably led you through at least one hip-opening pose. That’s because it’s believed that the hips hold tension—which can be emotional tension or even physical tightness from running or exercising and sitting at a desk all day. Child's pose is a great stretch that helps release tension in the hip area. After you’ve warmed up, a Pigeon pose on each leg or a Figure-4 stretch while lying on your back can help release tightness in the hips as well.

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