Lauren Saccone
April 01, 2017 5:00 pm
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Have you been feeling tense lately? A little out of sorts? Have you been clenching your jaw to the point where it’s become a painful distraction? Don’t panic — you’re not alone in these feelings. It’s just another in a long line of politically induced physical maladies.

Since Election Day, people have been suffering increasingly from symptoms as varied as sleeplessness, weight loss, depression and, yes, clenching their jaws, according to a report in Vogue. And the cause? It’s as simple as political stress. In these tumultuous and turbulent times, anxiety over the current political climate can manifest in physical ways.

To put it simply, times are tense. People are more stressed out than ever, and overwhelmed by the news. Every day there seems to be a new crisis or scandal. Even the most relaxed people have been a bit uptight lately, and a lot of people are reacting by clenching their jaws and grinding their teeth. Unfortunately, this trend can have a negative impact on your health. Headaches are a common side effect of jaw clenching, as well as an unpleasant clicking in the jaw. Worst of all, clenching your jaw is terrible for your teeth.

If you want to keep your smile sparkling (and avoid those awful stress headaches), you have a few options to ponder:

Meditation

Go the natural route with meditation. Get in touch with your breathing, and learn to let go of all the stress and anxiety in your life. You’ll leave a session feeling lighter, more collected, and less tense about the state of the world around you.

Acupuncture

If meditation just isn’t your style, you can fight against clenching your jaw with acupuncture. You can have your acupuncturist pinpoint the areas causing you stress, and walk out feeling soothed. Your jaw (and teeth) will thank you.

Mouth Guard

Still too tense to stop grinding your teeth? Having trouble sleeping because you’re clenching your jaw? Then it might be time to head to the dentist, where you can get a night guard for your teeth. It looks like those old retainers from high school, and will keep you from grinding your teeth at night. You’ll be snoozing in no time.

Botox

That’s right, the neurotoxin known as Botox does more than fight wrinkles. It actually severs the nerves that allow you to contract your jaw. The result? No more clenching your jaw — no matter how bad the news may get.

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