Stiff, sore muscles
to increase co2, take in less oxygen. Holding your breath can help (aim for around 10 seconds), as can breathing through one nostril.
“When the body senses danger, muscles tense,” says Winston. that reflex can lead to tightness and pain in your neck, back, and shoulders. What’s more, as stress zaps energy, your posture goes to hell, putting pressure on your joints.
can undo some of that tension. try placing your hands behind your head to open the chest, twisting side to side to release back muscles. and sit up straight. When University of auckland researchers asked study participants to complete a stressful task, those who used good seated posture reported less stress and a better mood than those who slouched. as usual, mom was right.