Ways To Combat Stress To Keep Clenching And Grinding To A Minimum

Jan. 30, 2020 ⋅ Categories: Dental Blog

Stress is a silent killer and a deadly one. Worst of all is that you might have no idea that you are stressed. If unattended, it can lead to a bevy of health conditions, including heart diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also be a precursor for a variety of dental issues, from TMJ disorder to the chipping of your teeth. Luckily, stress management is typically easy and affordable, and it all starts with you identifying that you are stressed.

Learn To Relax

Stress is a manifestation of you being tensed up or overwhelmed. Some of the best ways to relax would be to practice techniques such as yoga, meditation, and self-hypnosis. For instance, for self-hypnosis could repeat a couple of words, such as “calm” and “relaxed”, for some time to keep yourself blissful.

Also, the amount of sleep you get can have a great effect on your stress levels. Even worse, the stress you experience might be the reason why you aren’t getting enough sleep. The trick is to ensure that your sleeping space is tranquil. Also, look for ways to improve your circadian rhythm, such as avoiding using screened devices at least 30 minutes before heading to sleep and avoiding coffee and other drinks that make it tough to sleep, especially in the four hours prior to going to sleep.

Exercise Often

When stressed, your body will produce more of hormones adrenaline, and cortisol, which should trigger a fight or flight mode in our bodies. The good thing is that you can manifest your stress through your workout session. They can allow you a space where you can vent out your frustrations while limiting your exposure to the stressful aspects of your life. Working out also increases the quality of your sleep, reducing your stress levels naturally.

Your dental health doesn’t have to suffer as long as you can be in control of your stress levels. Getting this control will also prevent other health conditions. Practice the tips above to prevent stress from wreaking havoc in your life. Also, call us so we can keep a close eye on your teeth as you are adjusting to a new, low-stress lifestyle.


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