How does Dental Care Affect Your Mental Health?

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The link between dental care and mental health has not been studying much – however it bears looking into. To be sure – and let me clarify – when I talk about this connection I am not talking about being stressed out and having a bad day because your tooth hurts. This is bad no doubt. No – what I am talking about is the psychological impacts of deep teeth issues that may not be entirely visible to the patient.

What many people may not know is that interestingly enough – our gums are actually intricately connected to the brain – it is a small part of soft tissues – part of a small group called the arakmaditas that is close to the brain – a very small and exclusive group. So the question is – how does our diet affect our overall mood when it comes to just the teeth – and how important is teeth care really?

You will find that tooth care is extremely important – and there would be no dentist that would disagree with you – but you would be equally surprised that it has an affect on the brain that you may not even be aware of.

The study of the link between dental care and mental health is unfortunately a very new field.

When it comes to mental health especially in Australia you will find a high suicide rate amongst men – actually this is not exclusive to Australia only. Everywhere in the Western world the male suicide rate is much higher than women. When we look at the diets of men and women that may give us a clue – but a big potential factor is the way both sexes are raised as well as their natural proclivities to certain behavioural patterns and activities.

Men are taught and trained to not talk about their feelings as much as women – all though how much of this is nature and how much is nurture is something to be debated. What is important is to continue to research this gap – find out if there are any links between gum disease and men’s diets and women’s – and continue working to ensure that every member of society is able to enjoy a happy life.

Find out more about how to take care of your tooth with a toothbrush that’s not only good for you but also good for the environment.

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Is the obsession with new age medicine creating more stress than it’s worth?

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Since the beginning of time people have been obsessed with exotic herbs and medicines. Chinese medicine has placed a big foot in the West – and it’s understandable – especially for people desperate for a cure and unable to find it in Western medicines.

Many times people may suffer mentally – and we all know about the power of the mind – and how powerful it can be in helping us heal. Since the Western world still knows very little about the mind we must not find it difficult to understand why people go towards exotic solutions.

From witch doctors and shamans to herbs from the furthest reaches of the Earth – there is great belief in the esoteric healing power that comes from thousands of years of learning. Of course the question is – these antidotes that are found through the old world’s with doctors – are they really backed up by any science – or is the majority of their help based on the placebo effect.

It is true that the placebo effect plays a large part in recovery – however it is also unfair to attribute the placebo effect to those that live in the olden world and dismiss it in the Western world. The many posters and certificates of achievement, university degrees that hang on the walls of doctors is more than enough to create a placebo effect in the patient – the doctor knows this to some extent and would not encourage against it. The entire Western treatment system lends itself to the placebo effect just as much as the Eastern world.

So the only thing that can be looked at is high volume studies on what works for people and what doesn’t. After all we have to look at the recovery rates of people under different treatments and see which ones work best. The challenge though is that the Eastern way of medicine focuses on a holistic approach to health while the Western approach looks at only being able to heal someone without looking at other parts of their life.

One thing that can help reduce stress on the environment is a bamboo toothbrush which you can find out more information by clicking here – as that goes to one of our suppliers – being closer to the Earth is sometimes all that’s important.

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Avoid Stress By Learning to Get Along With Your Work Team

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It’s no secret that a big cause of stress for many working professionals is the team that they associate with at work. Think about it – you come into work and you have someone there that you don’t get along with – your stomach tenses up. And this will go on throughout the whole day – after all it’s not like we can escape from our work colleagues the same way we can escape from other people who are causing negativity in our life.

Nope – not a chance. Instead these people are around us – and the toxicity is stored inside of us. So what do we do. Many people will simply say change jobs, or just avoid the person – and to some extent that can be helpful if you work in a large company and maintaining distance is not an issue – however for others this is not practical as they work in a smaller company and not only that – in many instances they have to actively work with the person they have an issue with.

The good news is that in the case that you either have a small company or you have to actively work with the person that you have an issue with there is a solution – and that solution is conducting a team building activity. What you will find is that when you are forced to work with the person or people that you may have an issue with – actively overcoming some kind of challenge that what will happen is that you will build a common bond with them and learn to respect and value them as members of the team.

Remember – not everyone is going to like each other – but as a team respect and mutual understanding is very important. It is hard to not judge others in your company – especially those you may not get along with – and coming up with bias is extremely easy.

However with team building sydney chatswood activities what will happen is that you will slowly and surely learn to respect them – and from mutual respect a friendship is possible. One thing that we have found – if your company does not wish to employ the services of a team building company is to try and take the opportunity when working with a person to learn how your own reactions work and how you can avoid falling prey to your unconscious reactions – remember work is a huge contributor of stress towards people and finding a way around it is very important.

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Feeling Stressed?

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The first step to relieving stress is to identify its source. Here are some common offenders:

  • Change
    Any significant change in lifestyle or routine can incite stress while mind and body try to acclimate to the new living conditions. Examples are: A move, a new job, losing a job, pregnancy or birth of a child, or the death of a relative or friend. You can find more information on Psychology Today
  • High Personal Expectations:
    Perfectionism, or setting unrealistic goals is at the heart of a lot of personal stress. Over-achievers often create a lot of stress by the extreme efforts they invest in trying to attain the impossible.
  • Financial Challenges
    Not making ends meet, and dealing with creditors is a prime source of stress.
  • Physical Pain or Discomfort
    Relaxation alludes anyone with even a slight discomfort, all the more so, someone who is dealing extreme illness or chronic pain.
  • Spiritual Unrest
    Unanswered questions and doubts about the meaning of life or a lack of direction and guidance inspires feelings of being lost and stress.

There are infinite possibilities when it comes to finding the source of stress in your life. It is very important to take the time to get to know yourself, and know what pushes your stress buttons.

Once the source of the stress has been pin-pointed, you can move on and utilize a way to prevent it. Here are 7 suggestions for effectively dealing with and avoiding stress. They are not meant to be used exclusively, rather they complement each other very nicely.

  • Prepare for change by putting as many coping mechanisms at your disposal as possible. Keep a positive attitude; remembering that change ultimately cultivates growth.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself and those around you. Take all endeavors one step at a time, and exalt in small victories. Focus on the quality of achievement rather than the quantity.
  • Learn to tolerate imperfections and appreciate the differences in others the same way you expect them to tolerate your imperfections and appreciate your uniqueness.
  • Develop your communication skills. Learn to communicate with your loved ones in a way that is constructive rather than in a way that breeds aggravation and friction.
  • Responsible financial planning always helps. Learning how to earn, spend, and invest with the future in mind will prevent the stress of a financial crunch down the line.
  • Eliminate physical discomfort by staying in good physical shape and getting medical -traditional or alternative- attention when necessary.
  • Seek out guidance and information to help you identify the meaning in life and the role you have to play. Find a mentor, or a friend to talk to. And take time to think, and put all things in perspective, once you have identified what the core meaning of life is.

These are methods for dealing with the source of stress. Sometimes a more immediate solution to stress must be introduced in order to achieve the presence of mind necessary to truly deal the source of the stress itself. This is called diffusing stress. Once you are overwhelmed by stress, find something that will quickly diffuse it and allow you to get back to yourself and move on from there. Here are some suggestions:

  • Massage
  • Breathing exercises
  • Light music, dimmed lights
  • Doing something enjoyable in a relaxed position -e.g. light reading.
  • Exercise
  • Laughing
  • A hug

The method that works best will be different for each indiviual person and situation. It is important to note that some behaviors that have become popular stress diffusers are in actuality stress inducers because of their negative long term effects. Examples are emotional eating that leads to a poor diet, addiction, and committing acts that go against your conscience and moral identity.

We would also like to thank the work of Acoustica Projects for helping us setup sound proofing in our studios that helped us to avoid stress in our own work lives (being next to a train line is definately not the ideal scenario).

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