The added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic can have severe consequences on your teeth and overall well-being. From jaw pain due to bruxism (teeth grinding) to sleepless nights, it is important that you find ways to relieve your stress during these trying times.
Throughout the pandemic so far, fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen leads to feeling overwhelmed. It can also cause strong emotions in adults and children. While public health actions, such as social distancing and staying at home, can make people feel isolated and alone, it is important to address that as soon as possible.
Knowing just how stressful a pandemic is, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared some tips to help everyone cope better.
Ways to cope with stress
While caring for friends and family can help relieve stress, it is also important to balance that with self care as well. During times of increased time apart due to stay-at-home orders and distancing measures, it is still important to maintain social connections while caring for your own mental health. Phone calls and video chats can help you and your loved ones feel socially connected and less lonely or isolated.
- Some healthy ways to cope with stress include:
- Know what to do if you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment for COVID-19.
- Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy (in person or through telehealth services).
- Take care of your emotional health.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Make time to unwind.
- Connect with others.
- Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations.
Remember, you can always reach out if you need further guidance. At Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia, we are here to help. It is also important to remember that if you do not take care of your anxiety, it may lead to other complications such as jaw pain or sleep disturbances.