Destress For Better Oral Health And Sleep
We hope that you are having a wonderful summer and finding time to relax. Many people look forward to the summer months all year long as there is usually an expectation of less on the to-do list and a lighter schedule. Families enjoy school being closed as well as activities on hold for the summer. Companies adapt a summer schedule giving a more relaxed atmosphere. Are you dreading the return of fall due to the added stress that follows with the aspects of your day-to-day life? We want to share some helpful tips to manage your stress, which is beneficial, especially if you suffer from TMD or sleep apnea. Continue reading to learn more.
Helpful Ways to Deal With Stress
Everyone handles the stress of day-to-day life differently. Some people can handle a lot in their schedule and adjust to changes and surprises in their life easily, while others have a difficult time managing what needs to be done. When dealing with times of stress, some feel the effects in their bodies — tense muscles and elevated blood pressure — while others may notice a change in their sleep patterns. We are here to offer support to all of our patients, no matter how they handle their emotions. There are certain changes you can make to better deal with your level of stress:
Pinpoint Your Triggers
It is important to know what is causing you stress so you can make the changes needed to manage your reactions. Document the times of day and activities that are most stressful. This will help you mentally prepare for certain times and events and better control how you react to them.
Adding a little movement to your daily routine can help you feel calmer. Even something as simple as a brisk walk every day can help.
Eat Healthy Foods
You would be surprised at the way you handle different situations with a healthier diet free from caffeine and low in sugar. Caffeine and sugar can increase your heart rate, making you feel even more stressed.
If you feel that added stress is affecting your daily life and causing complications with your TMD or sleep apnea treatment, be sure to reach out to us to schedule an appointment. Our office has recently changed, and we are now located in Silverdale, WA. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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