While there are a variety of reasons you could be struggling with TMJ pain, stress is considered one of the contributing factors. Since April is Stress Awareness Month, we thought we’d highlight a few ways you can reduce your stress and how you can relieve your TMJ pain.
- Exercise regularly. Getting regular exercise is known to reduce stress and keep your body healthy. If it’s been a while since you’ve been active, make it a habit to go for a walk during your lunch break or do easy stretching exercises before and after work.
- Reduce your screen time. While it’s easier said than done, try to cut back on how much you are in front of screens, like laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Turn it off a few hours before bedtime and take breaks throughout your workday.
- Spend time with friends and family. When you spend time with people who love and care about you, that’s a major stress reliever! However, if you don’t have the support of family and friends, consider volunteer work or joining a social interest group. Those bonds can offer tremendous support during difficult times.
Of course, this just scratches the surface on ways to reduce stress. When it comes to your TMJ pain, visit our office and we’ll examine your mouth for signs of a TMJ disorder. Then, we can fit you with an oral appliance that will protect your teeth and relieve your TMJ pain.