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When you are stressed or tired, your body takes a beating too – your skin, in particular, doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to replenish and develop cells. As South Africans, we live in a highly stressed state already, so any additional pressures can really have a detrimental effect!
If you can try to avoid getting stressed or reduce your stress levels, you’ll notice an improvement in your skin moisture, colour and appearance. Without resorting to medication, there are 5 tips you can try:
- Get more sleep!
It can be difficult in this fast-paced world we live in to get between seven and eight hours of sleep a night, but that’s what your body and mind needs to recoup. While this may sound impossible, think about what could be cut out or reduced to give yourself more sleep – do you need to watch TV? Try to wind down before bed, giving your brain time to calm down, to ensure better quality sleep. A warm relaxing bath or reading an uncomplicated book can help to slow things down.
- Manage your time
Being more organised will help you avoid wasting time, which in turn, helps to reduce the stress that comes with not getting things done – it helps to write a list of what needs to be achieved each day. Prioritise your daily To Do list, breaking it down into manageable tasks, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s empowering to be in control – try not to let other people’s issues side-track you from your agenda.
- Eat healthier
A balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is exactly what your skin needs to stay vibrant. Convenience foods are quick and simple, but often lack the fresh nutrients (and taste!) your body craves. Also look at portion sizes – eating too much, especially at night, can leave you feeling unenergetic and bloated. When you are under stress, you may find yourself binge eating, or eating on the go – slow down and appreciate your food. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they stimulate, rather than relax.
- Have a positive mindset
Negative thoughts will only increase your stress. A positive outlook can be hard to maintain, but the benefits are enormous! Be careful of how you speak to yourself – don’t berate yourself for under-performing or non-achievement. Think of ways to get around situations you can’t control, with a positive spin.
- Get some exercise
A brisk walk or a session at the gym can invigorate your body and mind, reducing levels of stress hormones. A good laugh with friends can have the same effect!
Unmanaged stress can aggravate acne, eczema and psoriasis, cause hives or rashes and trigger fever blisters. Make stress management part of your daily skin routine today!