Known as ‘the silent killer’ stress can be a significant contributing factor to many health and skincare related concerns such as; acne, eczema, psoriasis, anxiety, raised blood pressure, depression, increased blood sugar levels, poor gut health and more.
Research undertaken by the American Psychological Association has discovered that money and work are the two top reasons for stress, closely followed by family responsibilities and personal health problems.
With the modern world demanding more, stress in our daily life has the potential to cause long-term damage to both our mental and physical wellbeing. Never before has it been so important to implement techniques into our lives that can help to reduce stress and increase overall happiness.
If you’re struggling with a particular issue at the moment that’s causing you to feel more anxious than usual, it may help to try out one of our top 10 tips for managing stress, especially if you feel that it has begun to take over your thoughts.
Look After Your Skin
We’ve all experienced those annoying flare ups and cluster of pimples, which always seem to emerge when we’re under pressure or feeling more stressed than usual. Work deadlines, important events, major exams…you name it. They show up like clockwork every single time.
This is why it’s so important to take control of your skincare routine and be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to acne management. In addition to a consistent home care program designed by your acne specialist, making time in your schedule for a professional facial each month will, without doubt, help to keep your acne under control.
Here at Envision Acne & Skin Care Center, we also like to incorporate the use of LED light technology into your treatments. LED light has multiple benefits for the skin and can be a great tool for stress reduction. Skin rejuvenation, reducing the redness, and bacteria associated with acne and scar healing are just some of the benefits you get from LED light treatments.
If you are suffering from acne, it’s time to take action and stop letting it control your life. Skincare and acne centers like Envision are here to help and restore your confidence. Don’t hesitate to call us to find out how we can help to get your stress related breakouts under control.
Stress can be a contributing factor to internal inflammation, which is why it’s important to eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and inflammation fighting foods. A healthy diet will provide support to the hormones that are responsible for keeping your body in balance. Avocados, almonds, turmeric, green leafy vegetables, fatty fish and herbal teas are just a few of the nutrient rich items which we should all be adding to our shopping carts during the weekly grocery trip.
Limit Your Caffeine, Sugar & Alcohol Intake
We all know the potential long-term damage that caffeine, sugar, dairy and alcohol can have on our health. With the ability to impact blood pressure, dehydrate our skin and deplete vitamin/mineral levels in our bodies, it’s important to significantly reduce our intake of these empty calories and non-essential items. While small amount of sugar, alcohol and caffeine can boost your mood temporarily due to their ability to deliver adrenaline into our systems, over indulgence can increase cortisol levels (the body’s stress hormone) and have long term negative effects on your health.
Every now and then we all need to treat ourselves. We don’t mean do it with expensive retail purchases of the latest designer clothes, which you’ve seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week. Eating just a small amount of organic dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) every day is believed by many nutritionists to potentially benefit our health in its own small way. Due to the combination of minerals (iron, magnesium and copper) and antioxidants (polyphenols, flavanols and catechins) it contains, it can reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow. Whoever said that chocolate was bad for you?
Keeping fit is known to improve our mood and health. When undertaking any form of physical activity from a brisk walk to supervised cardio workouts at the gym, endorphins (also known as our feel good hormones) are released into our bodies, which not only enhance our mood, but also reduce unwanted tension and stress.
Spending Time Outdoors
The benefits of spending time outdoors in a natural environment have been promoted for many years. Aside from giving our brains a visual holiday from the hustle and bustle of city life, appreciating the simple things such as the change in seasons and the peace nature provides has been known to enhance our memory skills and lower levels of anxiety. Japan is one country who actively promotes spending time outdoors on a regular basis. In fact, they believe that fresh air is so important for health that they have a name for it, known locally as shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, which many city dwellers adopt as a form of preventative medicine.
Meditation is an ancient art that has been used for centuries as a way to align the mind and body, alleviate anxious thoughts and control unwanted feelings of stress. While many people throughout the world have been dedicated to their own short daily practice, it’s only recently when extensive scientific research has been conducted by respected academic institutes to shed more light on the incredible benefits of this health enhancing technique. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra have made meditation fashionable again and are amongst many in the US who advocate its benefits.
A good night’s sleep has been proven to energize our bodies and keep our skin looking healthy and radiant, but how can it help to reduce stress levels? According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you’re experiencing muscle tension or have an overactive mind which is racing with thoughts and worries, it’s unlikely that you’re able to sleep well.
Deep breathing and muscle relaxation techniques before bed and switching off our electronic devices at least 1 hour before our heads hit the pillow are just two ways to calm our minds. When we sleep, growth hormones are released in our bodies which are critical for cell reproduction. Our brain activity, heart rate and breathing also slow down and our temperature begins to drop as our body becomes relaxed and starts to repair itself. We believe that you should treat sleep as an essential part of your beauty and skincare routine.
The Power of Laughter
Known to lower stress hormones and strengthen the immune cells, laughter is an underrated activity. Laughter releases endorphins that make us feel happy. This is believed to increase a sense of inner harmony and wellbeing. Laughter also increases our oxygen intake, which stimulates our internal organs and circulation leaving our skin glowing. Next time you catch up with friends, remember how powerful a dinner filled with stories which spark laughter can be.
Listen To Understand and Not To Respond
It’s often been said that, as a generation who has become accustomed to instant gratification, we’ve become used to listening to respond rather than listening to understand. When you truly learn to listen to what others have to say and focus selflessly on their needs and fears with the sole aim of supporting them, your own levels of stress become less significant.