Stress and your skin

Procrastination is a form of stress control. We procrastinate so as not to do something that may be stressful, but in doing so cause ourselves more stress with said task(s) still needing to be done, only now we've wasted even more time in getting started on them. What complicated creatures we are!

For example, stress can aggravate psoriasisrosacea, and eczema. It can also cause hives and other types of skin rashes and trigger a flare-up of fever blisters.

8 Ways to Ease the Effects of Stress on Your Skin

You probably can’t avoid stress completely, but you can try ways to handle it better. Try these approaches:

  1. Don't neglect your skin. Take care of it, even if you're tired or stressed.

  2. Get regular exercise. It's good for your skin, the rest of your body and your mind.

  3. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have 10 minutes. Take a bath or read a book.

  4. Hydrate yourself! Drink plenty of water, every day!

  5. Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or visual imagery.

  6. Get enough sleep. 7-8 hours each night is ideal.

  7. Say no. It's OK to set limits and boundaries to lower your stress.

  8. Talk to someone. Seek support from a friend or a professional therapist.

Is it easier said than done? Hell yes. Impossible? No!

Whether it's occasional bouts of stress or building anxiety it's never as simple as just calming down but doing a little, each day can help. Have a "happy list" full of simple things that you can do if you feel that knot tightening in your belly or have something important coming up that's stressing you out. This way you don't need to think you can just look at your list and do as many as you have time for! The list doesn't need to be permanent nor something that's completed in a day: that would add to the stress! Simply something you start jotting down when feeling good, happy vibes, and add to as the days, months, years go on!

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