Let’s look at the fact that monitoring and effectively managing stress in our lives enhances what we do for you in orthodontics, giving you more opportunity to share your bright beautiful smile with others with a full and grateful heart, not one bogged down by excessive stress. Take a look at this link to see the Stress Factors Rating Scale. After finishing this blog give yourself a few minutes to rate your stress. If the total stress points are less than 100 you’re doing great, 100 -200 and you could be starting to feel some physical/emotional effects from stress; 200 to 299 you’re likely feeling negative effects, and if over 300 the stressors in your life could very well be promoting physical/emotional illness.
Perhaps you’ve had enough experience with changing stress levels to know you feel much better when you’ve been blessed with a period of time with relatively low stress in your life. You can be active in promoting this more healthy level of stress.
Doing the Stress Factor Rating Scale will help you know the kinds of experiences that cause stress and which ones are more powerful than others. Keeping your body/mind/soul healthy with the Health Habits described in a previous blog will help you keep up your resistance to stress. Being healthy, a good diet, exercise, a positive attitude toward life’s difficulties aid your ability to handle stress and will allow you to better enjoy the journey you are taking in orthodontics to get your “Great Smile”.
Gather a support system around you and let them know you want to make positive changes in your life and stresses. Tell them you want to achieve a healthy body and mind, gain the ability to handle stress by conquering its negative effect on you and succeed in becoming the bright smiled person you want to be.
We believe that as you know your stressors and stress level and gain abilities to manage/reduce stresses you will find it easier to achieve the rest of your goals. One of the most important methods we know is regular strenuous physical exercise. This can include walking and stretching as well as more challenging exercise like jogging, swimming, bicycling and various gym workouts. Great exercise allows stress to be released through the muscles in a healthy way rather than thru muscle tension, which can cause pain.
It burns calories, raises the metabolic rate, give us muscle tone making it easier to enjoy movement during the day, and helps us sleep better at night because we’re more tired when we hit the sack.
Once we feel that we are de-stressing, and learn techniques to control stress levels, next consider good nutrition. If weight is a factor, be more aware of calories, portions and emphasize low glycemic index foods. Putting in the effort to create healthy eating habits will pay off. You’ll be able to reduce between meal snacking, know healthy foods from junk foods, and probably improve your digestive function as well.
As you move thru these positive changes in stress management you’ll be able to factor in your health habits and these efforts will support each other. Watch for small steps of improvement and keep going forward. You will be able have a sense of your own well-being you may not have had before. If you need support when you hit a low, rally your support system around you, including us, your orthodontic team. We really care that you reach your goal for a healthy lifestyle.
Lifestyle stress reduction, health habits and the orthodontic health improvements you make while under our care here at Raleigh Orthodontics will serve you well for a lifetime; changes you’ll never regret making. When we finish your bright beautiful smile and remove your braces, with a healthy lifestyle you’ll have every reason to show off your natural, full smile and spread your joy to others around you.
For information about Dr. Bert and his practice please contact him by email at this website: Raleigh Orthodontics
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