A few weeks ago, I was dealing with an infected tooth – and a whole lotta anxiety about it. Between poor childhood dental care and not-so-great oral genetics, this mouth needs more TLC than the average one.
After a visit with the dentist and a periodontist, I’ve got an action plan. The tooth may be removed at some point because of the bone loss around it. But before we go that route, we’re going to do some deep cleaning and see if it helps.
While this situation has caused me drama, I do what I always do when life hands me a lemony sack of crap: a complete reframe.
1. I allow myself to sulk about it for 24 hours. No more, no less. Something about that 24-hour time frame seems to snap me into action mode.
2. I do a good deed. In this case, I donated to a charity that restores the smiles of women who are victims of sexual and domestic violence. Helping someone else neutralizes the energy around my own situation.
3. I count my blessings: my family, my health, my work, my awesome dental team, a roof over my head. Giving gratitude shifts my mood almost instantly.
This is a simple reframe that I have used for many other situations in my life. It snaps me out of self-pity or whatever other shit feeling I’m experiencing and into a better state – a proactive and positive one.
Keep in mind this little list isn’t going to solve every issue nor it is a substitute for therapy or other forms of care. But for the little dramas of life (like an uncooperative tooth), it can help. The next time you’re dealing with something unpleasant, try it out and see how you feel.
Duck duck goose!
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What I’m Grateful For:
A great dental team
Support from the people I love
Spotting bluebirds on my walk
Soundtrack for 6/19/21:
Leilani by Witch Prophet
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