|My three big reasons to re-prioritize and reduce stress|
"What is TMJ?" you ask. Web MD describes it like this:
"Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. These disorders are often incorrectly called TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint." Possible causes include:
- Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ
- Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
- Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ
- Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
As a 30-something SAHM with two little kids I was drowning under the pressure - much of it self imposed. I had started out freelance writing "for fun" nearly five years ago after my daughter was born and I stopped working in the newsroom. At times I made very good money. Business was going so well for me that I had hired an assistant. But the online writing freelance world isn't steady and shouldn't be relied on for consistent income.