How to Deal with TMD This Holiday Season
Is jaw discomfort making you feel like the Grinch this holiday season? While the holiday season can leave many filled with joy, it is well known that the holidays can also be a huge cause of stress. This year is especially challenging due to the situation that we are all currently experiencing. Holiday traditions need to be changed, traveling plans need to be adjusted or cancelled, and gifts need to be purchased online—enough to cause anyone’s jaw to twitch with discomfort. For those who suffer with TMD, it can be even worse.
Stress and anxiety can be a major catalyst for a flare-up of symptoms related to TMD. TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, is a problem associated with the jaw and the muscles that control it. It is not uncommon to experience problems related to TMD such as tightening of the jaw muscles, headaches, and discomfort in the jaw or muscles caused by stress. With some helpful suggestions, you can be prepared to manage the issues before they become unbearable.
Make a Plan
- Whether you are taking a road trip to visit family, hosting a small, intimate family dinner, or planning out your shopping trip for holiday gifts, make a plan in order to help prevent any issues. It is easy for stress to creep up during times of chaos or while feeling overwhelmed. Taking the time to pack ahead of time, make a menu, or plan a shopping list can help to alleviate those feelings. It is also beneficial to plan meals, being sure to eat soft foods and avoid foods that may cause a flare-up.
- It is easy to get overwhelmed during the holidays, putting sleep on the back burner. When the body isn’t getting the rest and sleep it requires to function is when TMD problems can arise. If you are planning to travel, it is especially important to plan ahead and prepare your body for the added stress. To cut down on stress, plan your trip accordingly and give yourself ample time.
Please let us know if you feel you need extra support or have questions about managing your TMD during the holiday season. If you are located in or near the Terre Haute, IN area, we look forward to hearing from you soon. We wish you happiness and health during this holiday season!