Stress busters

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Deadlines pile up at work, the house is falling apart, and everyone needs you at the same time. If left unchecked, continued stress can do some serious harm to your health in the long run. In the shorter term, though, increased stress can affect your skin adversely. Breakouts, acne, premature aging – these are just some of the issues you can face if you do not address the problem.

While you are working on eliminating the stressor, there are some things you can do to alleviate its effect on your skin.

Eat and drink healthy

I know we say this a lot, but drink water! Staying hydrated helps with organ function, especially the biggest organ of all, your skin. Green tea can be extremely calming and works as an anti-oxidant, so it’s good for you, inside out.

Check what you are eating, as certain foods can raise your cortisol levels, and thus negatively impact your skin, while others can help bring it down. Opt for dark-coloured greens, like spinach, broccoli, and asparagus, and fruits rich in vitamin C, such as berries and oranges.

Follow a good exercise and sleep pattern

Anything less than 7-8 hours of sleep can cause your body to release cortisol, which increases dryness and inflammation of the skin. So make sure you pencil inadequate bedtime in your daily schedule. You can also try meditation, which has a significant calming effect.

You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to feel the effect of exercise on your skin. Even a brisk walk outdoors can do wonders, decreasing tension, boosting circulation, and keeping inflammation at bay. Or try one of those minute workouts!

Try to give yourself a break

Maybe take a bath when the kids are asleep and use a soothing body wash to relax your senses. Light a candle, dim the lights, shut down for just a bit. If you can schedule a massage, do it. Otherwise, get and give hugs! Listen to what your skin is telling you. Touch has a soothing effect for all ailments, and hugs make you happy – proven fact!