Managing Stress in Situations Where You Just Can’t

So my gum graft surgery was a success, everything went well. Now for the healing process.

I don’t deal well with constant low-grade pain. I did Invisalign last year so I’m familiar with this, but it doesn’t mean that I deal well with it. Needless to say, I’m not a very happy camper right now.

Unfortunately, besides the pain medication, there’s nothing I can do to make this discomfort just disappear. It’s causing me to be short-tempered, it’s causing nausea, and it’s causing me to be claustrophobic and irritable and a million other unpleasant things.

That’s not super nice for the people and dogs that I live with, and frankly it’s not very nice for me, either. For the stress I can’t control that only time will take away, here are a few tips for managing/coping/dealing/handling this situation.

  1. Be Okay Asking for What You Need. Give yourself permission to ask others to be respectful of your personal space (your cuddly dog will forgive you for needing a little alone time), it’s okay to turn off the TV or the music that’s playing, you can ask for a little quiet if you need it.
  2. Mint Tea. I don’t know why, but mint tea always calms me down. It’s okay to take five minutes to drink it in peace and enjoy it before you go back to your daily tasks.
  3. Cut Yourself a Little Slack. It’s okay to not complete everything you normally would: take a deep breath and appreciate what you’ve been able to do today.
  4. Know that Tomorrow Will Be Better. When you’re in pain, every day is a step closer to healing. They say “Time Heals All Wounds”, and that is really only true when you allow it to happen. I find that as long as I believe that tomorrow will be a little better it makes the pain today a little easier to handle.

I know these are simplistic, but honestly I can’t handle anything too complicated right now. They really do help. What tips do you have for handling stress that is outside your control? I’d love to hear from you!

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