Does stress affect your skin?

Relaxation!Can too much stress affect your skin?

I have recently been getting many clients coming in with break-outs, blemishes and various types of acne. After examining the skin and asking a lot of questions about health, diet, lifestyle and work life balance it usually becomes very apparent that stress is the underlying problem. Stress takes a big toll on our body, it compromises our immune system and if left un-attended will show up in our lives as fatigue, a sore throat, anxiety or where we might really notice it; on our skin. Because in today’s world we are so accustomed to living with low level stress all the time, we may not actually recognize that we are stressed. But your skin will tell you. I always say; ‘your skin is talking to you, so take a listen!’ Don’t get frustrated and irritated with yourself or your skin if it is acting up; instead think of what might be causing this imbalance in your system and see how you can make some small changes. When we truly feel good, we radiate health and have a glowing complexion.

WORK/LIFE BALANCE
There was an article recently on today.com that talked about how people nowadays experience stress at home even more than at the office. Whether you work or not, work is present in your home, either from your partner or from just managing home, school, work responsibilities. This is very stressful because you can never turn it off. Most of us are juggling so many responsibilities; work, kids, school, extra-curricular activities and running a house-hold. It is a daily challenge to keep it all together.

This is why it is so important to find ways to take care of ourselves and distress our minds and our bodies. When we feel good and our lives our harmonious, we look and feel radiant. So if you are experiencing acne, break-outs, or your skin is not quite glowing, it may be a good idea to think about what in your life could be a causing this? You could be eating healthy but how are you feeling? Are there any stress-factors such as consistent lack of sleep, always thinking about work, worrying about your little ones, or an over-active brain that could be the culprit? If the answer is yes, it is time to find ways to restore harmony and relaxation back into your life. You will notice that your skin will start clearing up and get that glow again.

HOW TO COUNTER-BALANCE STRESS
One of the ways that work for me to counter-balance stress is to take 5-10 minutes in the morning before everyone wakes up and tune into myself, focus on my breath, inhale and imagine myself in a relaxed, healthy state going about my day. Or in the evening before I go to bed, I take a little time in my bed or in the shower and turn inward, letting go of the day so I have a clear head before going to sleep. You will sleep better.

I also incorporate essential oils into my life daily to help me get centered and stay calm. A scent can transform your mood or your entire day. One of the things I absolutely love when I drop my daughter off at her daycare, is that there is always orange essential oils infused into the air in the morning. If I am in a rush, it immediately reminds me to stop, slow down and be in the moment. Where do I need to be in such a hurry?

Lastly, I remind myself to take a break from my phone! The virtual space that we all live in can be very unsettling. The inbox that never gets entirely cleared out, the always being available to someone, the allure of social media or searching the internet. Most of us are guilty of being attached to our smart phones but if you can get into the habit of putting it away once in a while during the day, it will have a most positive affect on your life and overall well-being.

These are just some techniques that work for me, but I encourage you to explore what works for you and do more of it. Your body, mind, brain and your skin will respond favorably. I would also love to hear if you have any different techniques that work for you?

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