It’s no secret that stress and pain are closely linked. If you’re prone to stress and anxiety, it’s highly likely that you've been suffering with regular back and neck pain for years as a result. Back and neck pain are actually one of the main reasons that people end up getting help for their anxiety – without it, it can lead to a cycle of future pain, unrelated to anxiety.
Those suffering from anxiety and stress need to be in the best psychological state in order to benefit from other treatments and therapies. Breaking the cycle of back pain depends in large part on the person’s ability to fight back pain itself.
- Stretch – Keep your muscles stretched and nimble to prevent further pain
- Watch Your Posture – Pay attention to any obviously bad posture – sit up straight, walk looking up
- Exercise & Get Moving – Being active can first and foremost reduce stress levels. Do activities to keep your back strong.
- Relaxation Techniques – Deep breathing, yoga, guided imagery, and meditation can greatly decrease stress levels
- Massage – A great tool for both pain and stress – a great way to work out the pains in muscles
Stress and anxiety can affect your life in more than one way. Learning ways to cope with anxiety will enable you to manage your back and neck pain and lessen the chances of it occurring again.