Stressed Out




Patients come into the dental office stressed out from a lack of sleep.


I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

It must be a full moon, because everyone coming into the dental office today has an issue with dental pain.

I can’t remember a time when the entire waiting room required crisis management.

Every morning patient was a surgical procedure.  From the looks of the schedule, the afternoon will be more of the same.

Today is one of those pulling-teeth- kind- of- days, literally.

Mentally, I’m shouting, All hands on deck!

Can you remember your childhood experiences in the office of your friendly neighborhood dentist?

Some people tell us they are afraid to seek dental care because of childhood experiences.

I’m stressed today and many of the patients as well.

Lack of sleep and just not feeling well, will make you stressed.

However, my stress is different because I’m thankful for the increase in business today. That’s a good thing. But I must

get every patient handled, in a way that allows the patient to return, and refer friends and family.

When you are stressed, find the opportunity to get some quiet time.

In solitude is where the stillness within can allow you to relax.

A quiet mind, free of all the hustle and bustle of a day, will allow you to find solutions that will get you back on a good path.

Stress and health are related to one another. In dentistry, we see the manifestation of stress when patients report

clenching their teeth, where pain develops in the jaw muscles. Pain can radiate down the neck creating headaches as well.

We also see the attrition of the enamel from bruxism, commonly called night grinding.

In general, stress causes illness when it overloads the human body, wearing down our strength, when something unpleasant happens around us.

“Most folk are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want,

and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

George Bernard Shaw.

When stressed out, we sometimes look for happiness in the material world.

Buying sprees while working through stress may create guilt and only make things worse.

Stress comes when we don’t feel we are moving forward in life.

Always be thankful for where you are right now and better the condition of things around you from there.

When we blame others for what is happening to us, we are not taking responsibility for our lives.

During stressful times, your self esteem will need a boost. By working on your self esteem you can increase your self-confidence.

Before you leave work, get one thing done that will empower you. Feeling good about yourself

helps to pull you from the downward spiral of stressful life. There are times even while down, help someone else.

The act of helping others will lift your spirits as well.

“In a higher state of consciousness, speak from your true spiritual self, to the most High Power of Powers, humble yourself.” (Artis L. Clark)

We achieve a higher state of consciousness through spirituality.

Sow the seeds of prosperity every day. When at your job give it your all. Handle your A1 priorities to maximize

what will come from that day. It’s great to go home after a long hard day. Allowing too much rest in your life will

disrupt your flow and allow weeds to grow in your garden.

Do you allow solitude time in your day to think? We are able to map out the plans to climb mountains when quietness

and stillness come into our busy lives.

Allow nothing to cut across your production cycles. Production is producing quality products from your post.

There are times friends may drop by my office to say hello. I am always glad to see and hear from them. When we are busy,

I will politely say a brief hello. This is practice building. I quickly get back to my production cycle.

When under stress, be thankful for encouragement from others. Encouragement is a great buffer against stress.

Paying attention to the details of life, will improve your quality of life.

It’s difficult to be under the influence of stress when your mind is occupied with positive thoughts and you are doing meaningful work.

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  Henry David Thoreau.

If you are having one of those pulling-teeth-kind-of-days, stressed out beyond measure, make up your mind, you are the one that

controls what gets done that day for your own forward progress.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.     




Published by Artis

I am a dentist in the Kansas City, MO. area willing to help in the world where dental health care is needed and appreciated. To date we have established a dental clinic in Israel and evaluated the healthcare delivery system in Havana Cuba. Serving my community at this time as a photo journalist also.

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