Unconsciously tense your whole body. Become aware of it. Consciously relax and breathe deeply. Repeat endlessly.
The dentist told me to eat soft foods after getting prepped for two crowns. What a challenge that can be! Baby carrots, out. Nuts, out. Frozen chocolate chips, out. Bubble gum, out. Well, that gets rid of two vices. Salad, croutons, seeds, etc. All gone.
I can chew but it is tiring to chew all on one side. Too many soft foods are sweets, like yogurt, pudding, jello, applesauce, canned fruits, etc. I am thinking of steamed carrots, potato soup, chili, and lots of pureed fruit or smoothies.
Any other helpful ideas?