Managing Stress During Uncertain Times

 

There is no question about it. These are stressful times. Stress management is important anytime but especially during times of uncertainty. Here at David & Associates we care about your physical and emotional health and for this post would like to offer you a few simple ideas to manage the stress in your life right now.

  1. Know that this too shall pass. No matter how things appear right now, nothing lasts forever and this chapter won’t either. Sometimes keeping that perspective will help fight the doom and gloom feelings you may experience right now.
  2. Keep up good nutrition. Stress and the anxiety that often comes with it can take its toll on your mental health and your body.  Being stressed can increase your need for certain nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin B, selenium, and magnesium. As tempting as it is during challenging times to resort to junk and comfort food, we don’t advise it. Eat a well rounded diet and include some of these foods when feeling anxiety (recommended by Medical News Today): Brazil nuts, fatty fish, turkey, dark greens, dark chocolate, eggs, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, and green tea.
  3. Drink water. Studies have shown that dehydration leads to higher cortisol levels—the stress hormone— the last thing you want when feeling stressed anyway.
  4. Get outdoors. Fresh air, greenery, the sounds of wildlife – these are things that do the body and spirit some good. Take a walk, go for a bike ride,  sit and read outside on your patio… even a few minutes here and there outdoors throughout your day will really help to keep anxiety at bay.
  5. Count your blessings. Keep a gratitude and write down a few things you are thankful for right now. Add to the list each day. It is hard to feel stressed and in a bad mood when you are focusing on the gifts you enjoy in your life.

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety”.  ~Aesop, Fables

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Can Smiling Really Make You Feel More Confident?

 

Here at David & Associates, we definitely believe that your oral health affects your emotional health. Here are five ways that having a beautiful smile that you feel comfortable  sharing with the world will increase your confidence:

  1. Smiling activates  muscles that trigger the release of endorphins – those feel good hormones that make you feel happy.
  2.  We are each other’s mirrors. What you project out to others will be reflected back to you. Smiling at someone will make that person feel good and in turn you will feel better about yourself.
  3. Smiling more will make you feel more confident in your appearance. People perceive a smiling face as more youthful and attractive.
  4. When you smile, people treat you as being more confident, trustworthy, and successful. This will in turn, help you believe in yourself.
  5. It is not uncommon to feel a little shy in certain social situations. For those of us who are introverted, that can certainly be the case at times. A little smiling goes a long way to make you feel relaxed and appear more approachable to others.

We hope we have convinced you that it’s time to get that smile power! going. We look forward to serving you and helping you feel more confident in your smile today. Give us a call 904-268-0606 to make an appointment.

 

“Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over”. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997