6 Signs You’re Stressed Out

4. Back Pain


The hormones your body pumps out when you’re stressed produce a fight-or-flight response, which—along with raising your blood pressure and heart rate—tightens up your muscles. If this happens all of the time, that sort of chronic stress response can lead to pain.” Plus, muscle aches are par for the course if you’re hunched over at your desk all day worrying about deadlines.

Movement is truly the best remedy, so if your back is in knots, stand up every hour and do some stretches, such as reaching your arms over your head, touching your toes, and rolling your neck and shoulders. Also try to get in a 10- to 15-minute walk around the office or outside once or twice a day.