Sometimes life moves quickly and brings with it unavoidable stress. This often leads to sleepless nights and heightened anxiety, both of which can impact your smile as well as your health and mood. At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we are committed to keeping our patients as stress-free as possible! Take a look at some of our relaxation tips below.
Stay in the Moment
Worrying over the future and what might be is a common cause of stress. The future is uncertain – of course we dwell on it! However, it is important to recognize that there are factors beyond your control and that sometimes you simply do not control the outcome. All you can do is try your best to prepare for what you can impact and let the rest go. Staying in the moment can help by focusing your attention and energy on what is happening in front of you, not what might happen in the future.
Focus on Self-Care
Self-care is often repeated as a buzzword, but sometimes the meaning behind the words is lost. At its most basic, the term refers to caring for yourself the way you care for others. Making time to do something nice for yourself, such as reading your favorite book, cooking your favorite food, or simply reveling in silence, can be incredibly relaxing and might even positively impact your mood! Consider creating a bedtime routine that involves self-care if you are having trouble sleeping (make sure to avoid sugary food or drinks!).
Take Breaks as Needed
Real-life is busy, especially if you work or have children. There are a few situations that cannot wait an extra five or ten minutes for your attention. However, sometimes taking a few moments to breathe deeply and recenter yourself can lower stress and increase your sense of control and relaxation.
Sometimes dental visits can be a source of fear or stress, both of which make it difficult to relax. Our experienced team can help make your next visit a peaceful one. Reach out to us today!