Teeth grinding (Bruxism) is becoming more common through these challenging times we are facing. Change is difficult, and certain situations in our lives contribute and add stress and overwhelm, which makes our lives uneasy. Often, those who grind their teeth are not even aware of it yet often wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or even a slight headache.

Our dental surgery in Newcastle offers you guidance and assistance with all your dental needs. Here are four stress relief ideas that may assist you.

Just Breathe

Our breath anchors us. Focusing more on the present moment assists can add peace and ease of mind. Focusing too far into the future makes us more anxious, and focusing too much on the past leaves us feeling depressed at times. Use your breath to focus you more in the ‘now’ moments, to feel more peaceful and grounded.

Stop And Observe

It’s our human nature to rush ahead, sometimes out of fear or overwhelm. We can miss what is right in front of us. It is a good idea to every once in a while to pause and just stop. Perhaps even sit with the situation for a moment and quieten your thoughts. Observe the situation from an observer’s perspective, then once you have settled and feel more grounded, make your decision from there.

Relax Into Sleep

We all love doing this, and perhaps it’s just our human nature. Before bed, we reflect on the day, on our lives or on our situations that are not working. We may even wonder what we could have done or said differently.

New idea, try it. It may just work for you!

Five minutes before bed, make a decision with yourself about how you will spend those 5 minutes before sleep. Shift your focus away from what is not working to something that is. Feel what it feels like to be in a more tranquil, calm and uplifted feeling space. Keep that feeling going for as long as you possibly can. This starts training your mind to shift into a more peaceful place, and sleep might become easier for you.

Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

We are our own worst enemy at times. We expect a lot from ourselves, and we can be very critical if we don’t live up to our own expectations. Step back, understand that there are times that we won’t get it all right and have only learnt how to deal with situations through various trials and errors. Being critical of what you did not know just adds more criticism and judgment, which creates a downward spiral, we ourselves create. Be kinder to yourself.

Everything takes practice and commitment, so keep practising these simple yet effective stress relief ideas. Use only the ones that work for you!

Please feel free to contact us at Newcastle City Dentist for all your dental needs. We are here to assist. Your well-being is important to us!