From Business Health Trust dental provider Delta Dental of Washington

Whether it’s work demands, family obligations, or a busy social calendar, stress can take a serious toll on our mental and physical health. Stress can even impact the health of our mouth – issues like teeth grinding, gum disease, canker sores, and TMJ dysfunction can all be made worse in times of stress.

Here are a few easy tips for managing stress.

  1. Exercise regularly
    Exercise increases concentrations of a hormone called norepinephrine, which studies show helps the brain manage its response to stress and stressful situations.
  2. Practice the art of saying “no”
    Learning to set personal boundaries and politely step away from a stressful situation can help to make you feel more empowered and in control of your life.
  3. Get in touch with yourself
    Practicing mindfulness meditation significantly reduced the body’s inflammatory response to stress when compared to other traditional stress-relieving habits.

Read the full list of ways to reduce your stress by visiting the Delta Dental of Washington blog.