When you were a child, you probably didn’t even know what stress was, you probably just heard your parents comment on how stressed out they were. As an adult though, I’m sure you have a whole new understanding of stress and how much of a toll it can actually take. From missed deadlines at work to buying a home to financial strain, there are countless things in our day-to-day lives that can totally stress us out, and when stress hits for long periods of time, it can have some serious side effects. Consider the ways stress might be impacting you and commit to reducing stress for a healthier life

 

5 ways reducing stress can have a positive impact on your health a lady surrounded by paperowrk and hands giving her things over a desk as she has her head in her hands looking down

 

Your Physical Health
Too much stress can make things go haywire in your body, and you might not even realise a lot of the things that you feel are due to stress. For instance, maybe you get migraines when you have to pull an all-nighter studying, or you get a stomach ache right before giving a major presentation at work. Stress can also lead to major health issues, such as heart attacks and arrhythmias, which are definitely a lot more serious than a mere headache. Plus, people who deal with acute stress are also more likely to deal with mood problems, like depression and anxiety. All of these side effects are more than enough of a reason to try to regulate your stress levels. 

Hydrate Me!
It may sound strange, but too much stress may actually be dehydrating you and leading to dry skin. Because stress messes with your skin’s ability to lock in moisture, you might notice you have to reach for lotion a lot more often. Go with a moisturiser that is very rich and has plant-based ingredients, like aloe vera or shea butter, so that you can give your skin an extra boost during your most stressful times. Also make sure to drink plenty of water; invest in a Hydroflask and keep it on-hand all day long.

Your Complexion                                                                                                                        There is a lot that we do not know about our skin. I mean, what are blackheads, anyway? Well, blackheads are caused by clogged pores, and clogged pores can be a symptom of stress. When we get stressed out, our bodies start producing the stress hormone cortisol, which basically prepares your skin for acne breakouts by encouraging oil production and blocking your body’s ability to keep inflammation under control. 

Premature Ageing
Not only will stress lead to acne breakouts, it can also lead to premature ageing in the form of wrinkles. You know how stress messes with your body’s cortisol levels? Well, cortisol can also cause your blood sugar levels to rise, which leads to more sugar molecules in your blood than there should be. The sugar then bonds to proteins present in your skin’s collagen fibres, which then causes the fibres to become hard and crack, resulting in an
overall loss of tight skin. All of this causes loose skin and wrinkles. If you are feeling especially stressed and want to limit the impact on your face, make sure to eat as many vegetables and whole grains as you can while limiting your consumption of fatty foods and junk food. Sign up for deliveries of fresh produce from FarmFreshToYou.com within the USA or places such as Riverford and Abel & Cole in the UK.

Falling Prey to Bad Habits
One of the worst things that stress causes us to do is fall prey to our worst habits, which can affect all of the above and make it so much worse. Some of us chew on our fingernails when we are feeling stressed out, or we pick at our pimples or forget to wash our face before bedtime. Whatever your vice is, I’m sure it is not a good thing, so you need to make sure to take extra special care of yourself when you are feeling overly stressed out. Maybe you should pick a day and pamper yourself with a salon appointment for a facial. Just make sure you pick one that is especially soothing and calming, and encourages you to spend some time relaxing in a sauna before your appointment. 

 

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9 Comments on 5 ways reducing stress can have a positive impact on your health

  1. Louise x (@withlovefromlou)
    September 23, 2017 at 1:05 am (7 months ago)

    My doctor told me last year I needed to reduce my stress levels or I would be at high risk of having a stroke in the next few years. I’m only 32 so that scared the hell out of me! Sadly, I don’t think I’m doing a very good job of reducing it at the moment, but I’ve been trying!!

    Louise x

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  2. Rachel
    September 23, 2017 at 10:55 am (7 months ago)

    It feels great finding ways to keep your stress levels low. My favourites yoga, meditation and pampering.

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  3. Healthy and Psyched
    September 23, 2017 at 11:41 am (7 months ago)

    That’s so interesting. I didn’t realise that stress could be dehydrating!

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  4. MadeFromBeauty_ (@MadeFromBeauty_)
    September 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm (7 months ago)

    It’s so easy to let stress take over, it’s really useful to be reminded how bad it is for you and that de-stressing is vital!

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  5. Milly Youngman
    September 26, 2017 at 11:12 am (7 months ago)

    I definitely agree with this – I’ve reduced the amount of stressful situations in my life lately and it’s really helping me feel better!

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  6. Karen Langridge
    September 27, 2017 at 11:16 am (7 months ago)

    Yikes, I didn’t know stress could make you look older than you are! That’s it I am going to try and lead a stress free life from now on 🙂 x

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  7. Lucie
    September 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm (7 months ago)

    Such an interesting post and definitely something I need to take on board x

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  8. kirstyralph13
    October 3, 2017 at 10:50 am (7 months ago)

    I’ve found that the best way to reduce stress for me lately is to go running or the gym. I need that time to myself to clear my head especially with a 6 month old! Drinking water helps a lot with dealing with stress but I never really thought about moisturising skin although I get really bad dried skin when I’m stressed so I need to get some moisturiser now! x

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