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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When you see an email or text that comes through and it makes you feel angry or uneasy, you might unconsciously clench your teeth and cause tension in the muscles around your jaw. Try yawning or stretching your mouth open wide to release some of the tension. Make an effort throughout the day to hold your jaw open slightly so the top and bottom teeth don’t touch. If you think you grind your teeth at night, talk to your dentist about whether a mouthguard is right for you.

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