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Stress and your skin

Written by Andrew Yother

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Posted on March 16 2018

If you’re anything like us your life can be stressful.  The modern world places so many demands on us it can make our heads spin.  As it turns out all of this head spinning can be bad for your skin.  Under stress your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone that triggers inflammation and can lead to the breakdown of collagen.  What does this mean for your skin?  Premature aging, fine lines, and other undesirable conditions which when coupled with the psychological effects of stress can wreak havoc on a clear complexion.

So what can you do?

Drink some tea

A quick break for some tea can be a great chance to slow down and regain your focus.  Research at University College London found that within an hour after performing a stressful task the cortisol levels of tea drinkers dropped an additional 20% compared with the levels of non-tea drinkers.  So drink to your health.

Get outside

A quick stroll outside has been shown to help reduce cortisol levels.  A Scottish study showed that people spending the most time surrounded by green space had low cortisol levels than peers.  A nice walk can do you some good.

Get your meditation on

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress.  It doesn’t have to involve sitting still.  Focusing on the present moment and being mindful is a great way to get out of your own thoughts and see the beauty in everything around you.  Be mindful of your actions and you can feel the stress fall away.

Breathe in – Breath out

Deep breathing has naturally takes some of the bite out of stress.  By taking deep controlled breaths you can reduce your blood pressure and slow your heart rate.  By knocking down these stress symptoms you can bring your body and mind to a more relaxed state.

Exercise

Exercise causes the brain to release feel good chemicals that naturally fight stress.  It doesn’t have to be a marathon.  Some light weight training, a quick walk, or even some stretching can be of benefit.  Besides, we all know exercise is good for us anyway.

Any suggestions you have ?

Please feel free to add any of your personal stress-busters to the comments below. 

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