How Mindfulness Works?

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How Mindfulness Works?

Mindfulness emphasizes a non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness of your individual experience generally meaning thoughts, feelings, and sensations, but sometimes taken more broadly to include interactions with the physical world. Thus, part of the task is to actually be in the present moment instead of thinking about the future or the past. But the other central element here is the open acceptance of whatever you find in your present, it’s a kind of “going with the flow.” This orientation towards experience is sometimes referred to as “beginner’s mind,” in which one sees the world as if for the first time, free of the baggage of experience or preconceptions.

In everyday waking life, characterized in the brain by the dominance of the Beta brainwave, the evolutionary hangover of the fight-or-flight response causes a host of undesirable problems. While we once needed to react quickly to real dangers like a predator interested in dining al fresco on a little homo sapiens – the elevation of blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol are now frequently triggered merely by perceived stressors. Since no actual “flight” ensues, the body is not able to “burn off” the hormonal stew in a release of intense physical activity and, over time, the neurochemical imbalance leads to cardiovascular diseases, suppressed immune systems, inhibited growth and repair, and many other physical and emotional ailments.

Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of mindfulness in combating stress. In part, this is due to the reduction in the trained mind’s tendency to wander “off the reservation” and start speculating about imaginary, dire consequences. In some studies, a “mindfulness intervention” actually caused people to reevaluate perceived stressors and react to them in a neutral or even positive way.

In addition to the reduction of stress, mindfulness enhances one’s ability to perceive the world accurately and, in fact, tends to encourage more positive reactions to experience. Not surprisingly, the practice has spread from the medical arena to the world of big business, with several major corporations offering mindfulness programs to their employees.

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Does Stress Really Affect Your Mouth And Teeth?

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Does Stress Really Affect Your Mouth And Teeth?

Stress is one of the most common psychological conditions, so common to the extent that it is now believed the apparent lack of it is simply another form of the condition. The American-Institute of Stress now claims there are 44% of Americans with higher stress levels than what they were about 5 years ago.

Stress has far-reaching implications if not addressed with the urgency it deserves. One of these effects is in relation to our teeth and mouth. In this post, we shall look at how stress affects your mouth and teeth.

How Stress Affects Our Teeth

Bruxism –This is indeed one of the most common ways through which stress affects our teeth. Bruxism simply refers to the act of clenching or grinding our teeth and the fact that it normally happens while we are asleep makes it even more dangerous to our teeth. It is evidenced by flatter or more sensitive teeth and jaw.

Gum Disease – Stress has a direct influence on the development of gum disease. Gum disease is characterized by various symptoms based on the stages of its development. Basically, the two stages of the condition are the milder form [known as gingivitis] and the more severe form [known as periodontitis]. The general symptoms of gum disease manifest in receding gums that create spots which offer breeding grounds for bacterial infections.

Temporomandibular Disorders and Temporomandibular Joint – Temporomandibular disorders encompass various disorders that attack the joints and the muscles in our neck and jaws. On the other hand, Temporomandibular Joint specifically targets the joints which connect our lower jaw to our skull. These two disorders are characterized by sore jaw muscles, clicking and popping in the jaws as well as tenderness in the jaws.

Dry Mouth– Dry mouth is caused by the inability of the salivary glands to secrete enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. Aside from causing difficulty in chewing and swallowing, it is also known to lead to cavities. Drinking water could be a temporary reprieve as you wait to address the underlying cause [stress in this case].

Canker Sores – Canker sores are basically oral sores or mouth ulcers, and a common cause of stress. They directly result from the seamless and vigorous cleaning of the teeth, chewing on the cheeks and the tongue and stress. While canker sores caused by chewing on the mouth are easily treatable using common home remedies such as coconut oil, those caused by stress may not be so easy to get rid of, unless the cause of the stress is effectively addressed.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned are just some of the ways on how stress affects your mouth and teeth. The good news is most of these conditions are manageable but the bad news is; you may have to act fast before they escalate into severe health conditions. There are dental treatment that professional will introduce you just like splint for teeth grinding.

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