As your trusted dentist in The Woodlands, we want to extend our sincerest, most grateful thank you to our family of patients. As rocky as 2020 has been for all of us, we couldn’t have done it without all of you and your support. Know that no matter what, your Woodlands dentists will be here for you and your family — for what’s left of the year that was 2020 and the better days that are yet to come for all of us.
As the year comes to an end, there tends to be added stress, especially when the holidays are involved. We thought it might be a good idea to discuss some easy, stress-relieving tips you can use every day to help you feel more comfortable and balanced.
Limit the Need for Screen Time
Sure, some of us are spending more time than ever in front of our computer, logging into Zoom meetings all day long while working from home, working out virtually, and staying in touch via Facetime. But did you know that medical experts say that if you genuinely want to feel less stress, it’s best to limit your screen time? A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine said that greater exposure to screen time (i.e., smartphones, tablets, computers, etc.) could lead to sleep difficulties, heightened anxiety, and even depression. All of these things also contribute to your stress levels. If possible, always try to take regular ten or 15-minute breaks from your computer or phone. You’ll find it can make a big difference!
Take it Slow
When your life and your mind are racing and feel out of control, one of the best things you can do to gain your grounding again is to simply slow down. Practicing something called mindfulness can help. This is where you make a conscious effort to be more present, feel more aware of your body, thoughts, and surroundings. By taking a little time out each day for yourself and concentrating on one thing, you’re going to feel less anxious and stressed. Consider crafting, reading, even cleaning to help! You can also try journaling, where you get your thoughts down on paper and stress less.
Exercise it Out
Your Woodlands dentists and physicians will tell you that exercise is one of the best de-stressors there is for you, your body, even your smile. Exercise will increase your overall health, therefore positively impacting your oral health. You’ll even experience an improved sense of wellbeing. Even light exercise has been shown to:
– Boost the level of endorphins or feel-good transmitters in your brain
– Strengthen your cardiovascular, digestive, and immune health
– Improves your sleep quality and your self-confidence
Even if you only have five minutes a day to dedicate to exercise, it’s better than nothing at all. It’s time to feel good and get moving.
As we wrap up our final blog post of 2020, we wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family prosperity and good health in the new year. We look forward to seeing you and your smiles in 2021. If you’re looking to start the year off with a bright smile or need a new dentist, consider The Woodlands Dental Group. Let us help you find your ideal dentist:
Dr. Leslie Blackburn (Pediatric Dentistry) – Growing Great Grins
Dr. Robert Dernick (General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry, and TMJ) – Robert G. Dernick, DDS
Dr. David Epstein (General, Cosmetic Dentistry & Sleep Apnea) – Epstein & Vakil General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Mike Freeman (General, Cosmetic, Implant, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ) – Dr. Mike Freeman Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
Dr. Alisa Reed (General, Cosmetic, Implant, Laser, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ) – Dental Designs by Alisa Reed
Dr. Wade Williams (Orthodontics) – Wade Williams, DDS, MS
Dr. Nikita Vakil ( General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry) – Epstein & Vakil General & Cosmetic Dentistry