Your mystery aches are making it hard for you to get comfortable.
Whether we're anticipating an attack from a grizzly or from a bear of a boss, we unconsciously tense the muscles all over our body. "We're always hearing about different aches and pains that bother people during the day and then keep them up at night," says Anne Marie Albano, PhD, director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. As any yoga teacher will tell you, we all "carry stress" in different parts of our bodies. While the most common areas are the head, back and neck, you may also experience aches in your shoulders (from hunching them up to your ears), jaw (from clenching or grinding your teeth), the outside edges of your eyes (from squinting) and the corners of your mouth (from pressing your lips together).