I woke up Saturday unable to open my mouth (my husband shouted with glee until I smacked him). My jaw was killing me, the joint was on fire, and whenever I tried to chew or yawn it felt like a nail through my head. A nail. That’s it! I looked around my yard. I clearly have tetanus from a rusty nail.
No, Cheryl, you’re stressed. You’ve been clenching your jaw together while you sleep.
I also haven’t been listening to my husband lately. Why? Because I can’t hear him. Why? Because my shoulders have been shrugged up around my ears.
Cheryl, you’re stressed.
It’s the end of summer mayhem that has me a little…shall we say…more tense than usual. No more vacations in sight. Child isn’t in school until September 9 (that’s 6 days, 2 hours, 15 minutes…yes, I’m counting). And all those professional 9-to-5ers are done with their vacations, which means they’re raring to go with new projects for me (merely pointing out, definitely not complaining).
If I can get an “amen” from you, then you know what I’m talking about (or you’re just really super religious). These three tips on chilling out in five minutes are for you:
- Gently hold a pencil between your teeth without biting. Ignore the desire to bite it in half. This is counterproductive because now you’re stressed to find another pencil. The action of holding it minus the chomp prompts you to relax your facial muscles, thus relieving tension.
- Press your temples for three to five minutes. Massaging nerves in this area is an acupressure technique that relaxes other parts of the body.
- Make sense with scents. Jasmine, not just a princess, also possesses a rich, deep scent that is used to prevent mental blockage, nervousness and sadness. It also functions quite well as an antidepressant.
Are you overly stressed these days? How do you cope with stress?