How much does stress and anxiety fuck with strength?

When I was younger I used to be considered freakishly strong for my age, especially due to the fact that (although skinny) I didn't look that strong.

Now, at 20, I cant even come close to many of my PRs I made when I was 14-16 years old, despite having a very similar body composition, and only growing like 2-3 inches.

By every metric I should be healthier than I was when I was younger. I eat better food, I do more physical exercise (not all in the gym unfortunately, I mostly workout when I have the time at home) and I now have access to supplements. 5 years later, despite looking fairly fit, I am now significantly weaker than many people I am around, even those who appear to be in worse physical health than myself.

The only conclusion I can come to is that my mental health is sabotaging my strength and gains (as no matter how hard I try I can only seem to gain fat, but its easy to shed off). I don't want to turn this into a vent post, but my mental health started sharply declining from 16-19 years old and has only really started coming back up. I am in near constant physical pain, when there should be no reason for said pain, and as I stated, i cant seem to gain muscle. If anything my muscle volume has become slightly larger then when I was 16 years old, however the performance seems to be inverse. Can continual stress and anxiety cause this?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Idk I believe strength depends on your mind muscle connection, nerve force and ability to focus. Most homosexuals here workout only to look big and juicy for their boyfriends so I doubt you will get a real answer.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I really only care about performance and not looking like a muscle freak. My main concern is that although in comparison I look more muscular now than when i was in my teens, I am measurably weaker.

      it absolutely affects your health and growth. stress and mental distress directly affects physical well-being. easier to get sick, harder to recover, even harder to grow. once it affects your sleep, you're pretty much screwed. in bodybuilding, stress management is an important component. your body does not flourish if your mind is sick and your emotions are keeping you in pain. cortisol goes thru the roof on top of it all.

      get better, OP. focus on your mental and emotional well-being and then focus on your body.

      I've been doing this for decades, and the times in my life when I was stressed or emotionally compromised, I was stagnant or going backwards.

      My sleep cycle is fricked. I work 2 part time jobs and my one job requires me to work sometimes until 2am (get home by 2:30) meaning im normally not in bed before 4am. my other job is slightly normal(er) hours, but still not good. I will be putting in my 2 weeks tomorrow, so that should help. I grew up in a "complicated" family so chronic anxiety is something that I have always had to deal with (and I didnt deal with it well). Alcohol woo hoo (I have stopped drinking).

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    CNS issue

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Bump because im interested. Old parents killed my gains and visceral backpain. Highschool sweetheart was a steroid unto herself.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    stress make your stronger
    anxiety bost your metabolism

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it absolutely affects your health and growth. stress and mental distress directly affects physical well-being. easier to get sick, harder to recover, even harder to grow. once it affects your sleep, you're pretty much screwed. in bodybuilding, stress management is an important component. your body does not flourish if your mind is sick and your emotions are keeping you in pain. cortisol goes thru the roof on top of it all.

    get better, OP. focus on your mental and emotional well-being and then focus on your body.

    I've been doing this for decades, and the times in my life when I was stressed or emotionally compromised, I was stagnant or going backwards.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ah you must be in a difficult major. Try high saturated fat from meats like chicken thighs, filet, prime rib/ribeye, brisket, butter is great. Eat more carbs further ahead of your work out gradually that helps you probably didn't read as much new science on that back then, also being autistic enough to browse hobby boards about something so simple is gonna make you autistic on form rather than just moving naturally amd efficiently.

    >commit to a bulk
    >vert/horizontal(legs as needed) as much as possible doing heavy weights till you need a deload then cut
    >doing too much legs frickin wears you out you can simply lift more often if you aren't burning yourself out hitting high volume heavy legs 2-3x a week
    Should get you up in weight pretty fast.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >stressed
      I'll guess college or work but yeah it takes a couple days to get back to normal after even one day of bad sleep. Try hitting your main laggard lift with smolov.
      >week by week go lighter weight higher volume from a couple 90%1rm sets + volume work to 60% 1rm

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >stressed
      I'll guess college or work but yeah it takes a couple days to get back to normal after even one day of bad sleep. Try hitting your main laggard lift with smolov.
      >week by week go lighter weight higher volume from a couple 90%1rm sets + volume work to 60% 1rm

      I am currently taking a gap year but I am studying engineering. my family is not very supportive so I am trying to get on my own 2 feet. They are rather apathetic in general, unless they need me to do something for them... Life has not been fun for a long time.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You have some sort of nerve damage. The constant pain is a dead give away. Do some lion's mane and psilocybin mushrooms to get back your neural strength.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I have lions mane but i'll have to travel for psychedelic shrooms. not out of the picture but they didnt really help when i did them last.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Low doses work best for psilocybin. It has to be psilocybin and not aminita. You can buy the spores online completely legally and grow them yourself.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >You can buy the spores online completely legally and grow them yourself.
          Except for the fact that it becomes a felony once you plant them...

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            How would you possibly get caught if you’re not selling them/ telling people about it?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Just make your culture medium and sow the spores in the woods when the weather is right. All you have to do is soak wood chips in water for a few months and it is ready to go. They aren't actually illegal to plant them either. Just to own them. If they are just out in the woods you don't own them. Once you harvest them they are easy to hide once dried. It is impossible to get caught unless you are selling them.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

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  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Stress is great for testosterone and in some cases iq, because it forces you to perform. You probably don't lift real weights considering you're whining here about being "stressed", but the main thing I'll point out (pretending you actually lift) is that you clearly aren't getting enough meat or sleep to regenerate your body like a semi-responsible adult. I have no idea however what the frick you refer to as "pain" considering you have not stated whether it is cranial, muscular, or skeletal.

    If it is muscular or cranial, what I have stated will more than cover it. If however it is actually back pain, you're gonna need to do a mild bit of stretching, and a lot of mindfulness to notice when you hold bad posture as a result of your shitty fricking wageslave job getting paid to be emasculated by HR.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Sleep is fricked.

      Pain is all over, mostly lower back, knees and most frequently my head (near constant stress headaches which will come about from almost nothing)

      yes its been a long time since i have lifted regularly, however even then that didnt do much.

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