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Stress is what you feel when you have too much to handle. You may have too much work to do, or you may be having trouble with children or a spouse. If stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can affect your health.
We all "hold" stress in different ways. Some people hold stress in their minds. They may worry so much about a problem that they can't think clearly.
If you hold stress in your body, it can affect your back. You may begin to tense your back muscles, which can trigger low back pain or make it worse.
Round and round you go
Stress and low back pain can create a vicious circle. You have back pain, and you begin to worry about it. This causes stress, and your back muscles begin to tense. Tense muscles make your back pain worse, and you worry more ... which makes your back worse ... and so on.
You'll always have some stress in your life, but you can try to prevent situations that cause stress and change how stress affects you.
When you don't have enough time, things pile up and stress mounts. Try these tips for managing your time:
Some behaviors and lifestyle choices can help your body bounce back from stress.
Interacting with others
If you have a lot of stress, tell people about it and ask for help. Look for support from:
Learn to relax
There are lots of ways to help yourself relax. And relaxing can help you manage stress. A counselor or therapist can help you learn these techniques, but you can also learn them on your own. Some of the techniques you can learn include:
Current as of: March 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: March 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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