Stress and Chest Pain

Stress and chest pain is frightening. While having stress is one thing, it's double-trouble when that stress results in chest pain.

Here are some tips for dealing with stress-related chest pain.

Tip 1: Don't panic

This is easier said than done when experiencing chest muscle pain and stress. It is easy to panic when you experience chest pain as you may fear that they're having a heart attack.

But In fact, your situation could be related to a wide array of problems. You might be worried! You might be depressed! And yes-you might be stressed! 

If the signs of stress for you is chest pain, then you should definitely avoid worrying. That will only worsen the situation, and perhaps cause worse health conditions.  

Other warning signs of stress may include:

Tip 2: Understand the cause of your stress and chest pain

When your chest feels painful due to stress, then it's most likely the result of your chest muscles tightening. This is a defense mechanism of the body, which attempts to protect it from a perceived threat.

Pain can be a good thing! 

That's because you're then aware of the stress that's causing the pain - and you can take steps to reduce it.

Usually stress management starts with keeping a stress diary of the main causes of stress for you.

Take the stress test

This stress questionnaire may help you to identify some of the common causes of stress for you.

Tip 3: Relax!

Feeling chest pain due to stress can only "benefit" you if you take action to reduce your stress.

One of the best ways to reduce your stress is to relax. In the hustle and bustle of today's world, too often we forget to drop everything and kick-back sometimes.

There are 1,001 ways that you can relax. Get more sleep. Go on a mini vacation. Spend more time doing whatever recreational activities you enjoy. Here are some of the best ways to relax.

The actual activities you do to relax aren't as important as the relaxing itself!

Tip 4: Visit a doctor to check your stress and chest pain

Even if you are able to relieve the stress and chest pain yourself, you should still see a physician. 

The doctor may conduct various tests to determine the cause of your chest pain. Some of these tests could be similar to these stress tests that examine possible coronary artery disease.

Even if the problem isn't related to your heart, the doctor might prescribe certain medications for you to relieve your pain.  

Tip 5: Be more active

If stress is the cause of your chest pain, then it's highly advisable that you become more active. You don't necessarily have to run a marathon but you may need to take steps to add more physical activity to your lifestyle to reduce stress. 

Some simple ideas may be to:

  • Take the stairs instead of the escalator. 
  • Ride a bike to work. 
  • Spend more time playing sports rather than watching them on TV.

Here are some other ways that stress affects health:

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