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Sore Muscles May Be Caused By Anxiety

Daniel Sher, MA, Clin Psychology
Sore Muscles May Be Caused By Anxiety

Aches and pains are a normal part of life. But when those aches and pains become very frequent and can’t be explained ]by exercise or injury, they can become intensely frustrating and distressing. Sore muscles are one of the effects of living with anxiety. This article will explore the causes and solutions for these types of sore muscles.

The Anxiety Caused By Anxiety Symptoms

Sore muscles are an example of an anxiety symptom that causes more anxiety. When you wake up sore and dealing with pain, you start to worry about the causes of that pain and how much it will impact your life. You're also less likely to be active and more likely to allow yourself to succumb to the stress.

That's why you need to stop your anxiety at its source if you want to gain control over your future stress and anxiety levels. 

Causes of Sore Muscles

Anxiety may bring about several changes to our lives, some of which can contribute to the development of sore muscles. Examples include:

These are some of the many explanations for why anxiety may create muscle tension, and ultimately sore muscles. Anxiety may also make you more attuned to how your muscles feel. In some cases, you may be experiencing normal soreness for the way you were sitting or standing, but anxiety causes you to feel as though the pain is extreme or caused by something more serious than just anxiety. 

How to Address Muscle Soreness

Despite anxiety causing muscle soreness, these aches and pains can be treated the same way you would treat any normal aches and pains:

You should also do your best to avoid putting extra stress on your muscles. Do this by maintaining good posture, sleeping well, and getting up and moving once in a while if you've sat for too long. These are basic muscle-pain prevention strategies, but they are important for ensuring that the symptoms don't lead to more anxiety.

Preventing Anxiety-Related Muscle Soreness

All of the above tips only work when you're already sore. But what about strategies to prevent muscle soreness from occurring in the first place? For that, you need to address the anxiety that is causing your muscles to experience that much tension. Take steps today to treat your underlying anxiety in order to improve your quality of life.

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