Everyone gets stressed at times. For many people, the past eight months have brought worries about their health, their families, their jobs, the planet and so much more. Whether you’re worried about the future or just can’t seem to get through everything on your to-do list, these overwhelming feelings aren’t just tough on your mental health — they can also take a toll on your body.
When you feel stressed, your body produces increased levels of a hormone called cortisol. High levels of cortisol can make you more prone to oral health problems such as gum disease, canker sores, cold sores and teeth grinding. But the effects don’t end there. Stress can also drain your energy and make sleeping more difficult. You may experience headaches, weight gain and trouble concentrating or remembering things. Stress may also contribute to serious chronic issues like such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.