Anxiety symptoms manifest themselves in a million and one ways. Whether it’s your thoughts, headaches, or palpitations the bottom line is if you can feel or think something than anxiety can intensify it. The same is also true for your muscles and their reaction to your constant state of anxiety.
When you feel anxiety and tension for a prolonged period of time this will eventually lead to sore and even painful muscles. This type of tension can make your legs feel like big noodles and give you the feeling that your legs are about to buckle from underneath you. But fear not this is adrenaline at work and not some mystery disease.
Even small doses of adrenaline can alter the normal contractions of our muscles. This can cause not only weakness, but also aches, pain or even rapid vibration also known as twitching. This phenomenon can affect your legs, arms, chest, back even your scalp in the form of numbness and tingling. So what do you do?
The best remedy for this very common anxiety symptom is to exercise (click here for ideas). Exercise helps with your aching muscles because it helps to “burn” off adrenaline and allows your muscles to reduce the tension that is causing all the pain and weakness.
Remember that exercise means moderate to intense physical exertion for 30 minutes or more. This doesn’t mean that you need to become an Olympic athlete overnight, it just means that if you’re going to take a walk for example that you make it a brisk walk. Walking down the street slowly and lazily is not going to help much. In addition be sure to make your exercise regiment at least three times a week. And it’s also a good idea to do any exercise with a friend or family member to keep the motivation up. Over the first few weeks of getting active you may feel more sore than usual, but once you build tolerance it will do wonders for your sore and achy muscles. And be nice to your muscles and stay hydrated (drink lots of water).
That’s not all. The increased physical activity will not only help your muscles but it will also contribute to an overall healthier and happier you. As you burn off adrenaline and release endorphins you will create a balance that is conducive to feelings of calmness and peace of mind. Do you hate chest pains? Well exercise will also help with this and any other anxiety symptom related to your muscular system. So don’t be lazy and get proactive about how you feel.