A couple of years ago I dealt with elevated stress issues at work while my son was struggling with bullying issues at school. Together this stress contributed to temporomandibular joint, or TMJ disorder in my jaw. My face and teeth hurt. Opening my mouth for a sandwich was painful. Chewing a steak was not even possible. Thanks to my dentist and online research, I found that by managing my stress and wearing a mouth guard each night, I was able to reduce the symptoms of TMJ to where eating is not much of a problem anymore. I still grind my teeth at night and have jaw pain when stress levels increase, but I am much more aware of my stress and how my body is reacting to it.
3. Essential Oils - I have a mini diffuser at work, a diffuser in my bedroom, and personal diffusers on me - necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I massage my jaw and outer ear area up to my temple with peppermint and rosemary, diluted with almond oil. Sometimes I just put oils in my hands and smell them. Aromatherapy sure helps me.
4. Prayer and meditation - I have a spare bedroom that is a quiet place for me. I will sometimes escape to this room for a few minutes for some quiet time with God. Writing in a prayer journal or a gratitude journal can help us focus on the positive things in our lives.
5. Truly escape - Book a weekend (or longer) away!
Lion’s Park is only a few blocks away with a walking path along the Mad River - take a blanket and a book and enjoy the bubbling sounds of the flowing water. God has a magnificent way of using nature to relieve the stress of the day!
What are some ways you relieve stress? I would love to hear some of the things that work for you.