What does stress do to healthy skin?
Stress is a big factor in today’s world. The way we deal with it is as individual as we are. We need a certain amount of stress to function, but when it reaches extremes and we can no longer deal with it, it becomes a problem. Not dealing with our stress levels can lead to many symptoms and diseases, including trigger skin problems.
Stress doesn’t cause skin conditions, but if you are prone to conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or other skin conditions, you are probably already aware that when the stress is up, so is the condition. So, it is important to learn how to better manage the stress in your life, to help reduce the flare ups of these conditions.
Stress places greater demands on the body’s nutritional status than normal. Often when we find ourselves in these situations, planning and preparing meals takes a great dive in priority. However, this is when good nutrition is most important. Choosing healthy snacks such as fruit over junkie and fast foods is a start. It is important to drink plenty of water and replace tea and coffee with other more gentle alternatives such as herbal teas. Try to make eating meals as relaxing as possible. Turn off the TV, put on some relaxing music and enjoy your food and your family.
Supplements of nutrients are very important at these times. A good multi-vitamin, B vitamins in particular) and mineral supplement is a vital part of stress management. A daily supplement of Essential Fatty acids (Omega 3′s) will help to improve your skin as well as help improve your mood and disposition. EFA’s have anti-inflammatory properties and will help you to maintain beautiful skin, even in the most stressful times.
There are many herb remedies that are of great value when dealing with stress. The appropriate herbs for you will depend on your individual circumstances. Ginseng has become a popular stress management herb in recent times, as it enhances the ability to handle life. In many situations, people under stress need help relaxing at night, to enable them to get the vital sleep needed. There are many relaxing herbs that can be of assistance here. A cup of herbal tea before bed can be relaxing, teas such as chamomile or Evening bliss are enjoyable.
Using essential oils in an oil vapiouriser, releases a pleasant aroma into you environment, as well as having a therapeutic effect. Oils such as Lavender, Basil or Petitgrain are stress relieves. Relax your stress away in a warm bath with a few drops of essential oil (mix a few drops in a little milk to help it disperse in the water).
Spending time meditating, just getting in touch with yourself, with nature and the higher being, releases your tensions. Focusing on your breathing and clearing your minds will do you a world of good.
It can be very difficult in a busy life style to make time for you, but to deal with stress effectively it is vital. Time for fun, relaxation and exercise needs to become a priority. Enjoying your life will make the stressful times much easier to deal with.
Taking time out to do something fun with your family, is a great way to relieve some stress and help you get life into perspective. Set aside sometime every week for those you love. Make it a regular “date”, even if it is only a hour or two. Having some fun event to look forward to every weekend, it will help you face whatever lies ahead. It has been proven that people who have pets deal with stress a lot better, so also make some time to for your pets. They ask for nothing else but your company.
To cope with stressful situations, we must recognize that it is not the situation that is stressful, but the way we react to it. To deal with stress long term, we may need to adjust our attitudes to what is going on around us. Making stress management a priority becomes important if we are going to win the stress game.