April 10th, 2020
Stress can cause teeth-related problems including bruxism (grinding), which can lead to jaw and facial pain, and headaches.
Here are some suggestions on Healthy Ways to Manage Life Stress based on psychological research.
- Manage your stress around the COVID-19 media coverage with helpful recommendations from the American Psychological Association. Their suggestions include keeping things in perspective and getting the facts from reputable media sources. Learn more at https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics
- Engage in activities that you enjoy. Even while social distancing, you can still engage in pleasurable activities. If you enjoy listening to music, a number of musicians are streaming their concerts online. We love that the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is streaming concerts online. Try watching a movie or reading a good book. The Milwaukee Public Library has online books and movies to check out. Or, you could try cooking a new "braces friendly" recipe.
- Find ways to relax. The internet is filled with yoga and meditation videos. Psychologists recommend these activities to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.
- Stay connected to friends and family. Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Chat on the phone, text, or use video calls to talk with friends and family members. Social relationships are important for reducing loneliness and maintaining a positive attitude.
- Focus on behaviors that promote your overall health. Continue to eat healthy, exercise the best you can in your home or go for walks outside (staying 6 feet from others), and try to maintain a regular sleep pattern.
- Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth daily! You might be social distancing, but good oral hygiene is still necessary.