I’ve used my paci before when I have had TMJ problems and it does keep me from clenching teeth-on-teeth, and I am aware it’s not a mouth guard, but I can definitely see perks to it. Aside from that I really wish the states would legalize some form of cannabis for at least medical reasons. It has proved reliable for treating my anxiety and it’s fast acting in a pinch. It works better than any of my meds have, at least for me personally.
In my years I’ve learn to mask my anxiety and stress pretty well. I smoked cannabis recently and one of the things I learned was how tense I am. I realize I’m not always aware of it, other than feeing sore a lot, but I had to really focus to relax my muscles, even after my mind had calmed. I have also been having my TMJ act up lately, with bad headaches, and pain. Which is probably from me clenching my teeth when I sleep. So now I have another reason for paci training myself during sleepy times!
I’m in the process of learning a hard lesson I feel. Don’t burn yourself out trying to make friends. Just take care of yourself, and with time there will be people you can call friends. I feel like while I’m genuinely nice to people, I spend a lot of energy trying to make new friends and be engaging. However, this doesn’t exactly mean people will want to be your friend. So I’m trying to be more relaxed about things.