With the New Year might come new stress. From upcoming taxes to maintaining your New Year’s Resolutions, stress can take a toll on your health and your smile. So, when thinking about your resolutions, it is important to add in factors to keep you stress-free, or limit stress as much as possible—your health will thank you in the end.


Manage Your Time

When you were picking out your resolutions did you ever think about adding time management to your list? Well, now you will. Time management is a way to find the time for more of the things you want and need to do. It can help you better decide on what is urgent and what can wait. Managing your time can make all the difference in your life, making your life easier, less stressful and more meaningful.

Take a Look at Your Lifestyle

The everyday choices that you make about the way you live your life affect your stress level, too. While your lifestyle alone may not cause stress, it can prevent your body from recovering from it. When it comes to your lifestyle, try to balance your time between personal, work and family needs. Your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping. However, if your worries keep you from sleeping, try keeping a notepad or your cell phone by your bed to record your thoughts in order to help you let it go while you sleep. It is also important to eat a healthy diet and increase exercise.

Identify the Stress in Your Life

If you are stressed, try thinking about what is specifically causing you stress. Stress management always starts with identification. It may not always be easy, but it will help to think about and draw focus to different areas of your life you may not be aware are causing you stress. Until you identify what is causing your stress, you won’t be able to take the next step toward stress relief—so think hard.

By combating stress, you can help to prevent TMD and other facial problems that can cause you an immense amount of pain. Stress often triggers jaw pain or teeth grinding, which can also lead to headaches and dental pain. Take charge of your life and contact Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on relieving stress and how it might negatively affect your oral health.