Are you stressed? Does the holiday season leave you feeling tired and drained before it even really starts? These and other day-to-day stressors can be impacting your smile more than you know. Stress causes us to hide our smile and increases negative habits such as biting your nails, eating in between meals or consuming high sugary or carbohydrate foods. All of these factors may be damaging your smile.
Your health is at risk and so is your smile. This holiday season, make sure to take time for you and decrease your stress levels. Here are 5 things you may consider doing instead when you feel stressed that can contribute to keeping your smile healthy.
1. Go for a walk with your favorite friend. Low impact walking is proven to decrease stress and increase your desire to smile.
2. Complete a relaxing craft or puzzle.
3. Read a great book.
4. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and check in.
5. Sit and take deep breaths in and out counting to five with each breath.
Taking time to enjoy life and decrease your stress is not only essential for your every day health, but is essential to keeping your smile in fantastic condition. For more information on the negative impact of stress and your smile, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.