We all experience stress at certain times in life—due to the demands of family or work or even social obligations. However, chronic stress and a barrage of cortisol (and other stress hormones) constantly circulating within the body can take a serious and unhealthy toll.
Here are seven subtle yet chronic stress indicators…
1. Jaw Tenderness
Is your jaw or mouth feeling a little stiff? Chances are that tenderness can be attributed to stress causing you to grind your teeth. Most of us grind away while we’re sleeping, which explains why you likely don’t even realize you’re guilty of teeth grating and gnashing.
According to research from the American Dental Association, grinding of the teeth commonly results from stress. If you’re feeling the results in your jaw, wear a mouth guard, which can protect the teeth and reduce jaw discomfort.