Did you know that your body stores stress? Everyone reacts differently to stress. For many of us, mental stress manifests into physical symptoms such as a stiff neck, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, tension headaches, and even shortness of breath.
There are tension-taming techniques that can ease the effects of stress on the body.
Rejuvenate yourself with the following progressive muscle relaxation exercises:
Get into your head. If you squint at your screen all day or grind your teeth to a pulp each night, you likely experience a lot of aches and pains in your head. By practicing this muscle-calming circuit, you will quickly feel relief from such common ailments as tension headaches.
A pain in the neck. Your neck spends a lot of time in unnatural, fixed positions such as bent down for hours while reading or craned forward while staring at your computer. By implementing neck stretches into your routine, you can relieve and release the strain that builds in this sensitive area over time.
Get it off your chest. When your daily grind makes you feel on edge, excitable and even easily irritated, your body responds by scrunching the shoulders up toward the ears or rolling them inward. This constricts breathing and can cause anxiety and chest pain. Here's a quick fix for feeling loose and limber:
Belly aching. Many people suffer from a nervous stomach. When you carry stress in your stomach, the bowels increase their production of acid. This can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can lead to more serious conditions such as ulcers and even changes in the lining of the esophagus. The easiest way to relax your gut is through, you guessed it, breathing.
You have no control over external stressors, only your reaction to them.