7 Surprising Signs You're Way Too Stressed
Many people, asleep or awake, tend to clench their jaw muscles or grind their teeth when they're tense.
Nix It: See your dentist -- if you grind your teeth, she can create a mouth guard to prevent it. In the meantime, pay attention to your jaw position during the day. "There should always be a small space between your upper and lower teeth [when you're not chewing]," explains Micah Sadigh, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. To relax your jaw, gently open your mouth to the point where you notice tension in the muscles of your jaw but no pain. Take a deep breath, and as you exhale, allow your jaw to go completely slack.
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