Your emotions have a powerful effect on your body. Stress, in particular, can be the root of all kinds of issues. It can affect not just your mood and mental health but your physical health and appearance too. Signs of stress can also show up on your skin, triggering flare-ups of any pre-existing conditions you may have. Take a look at some of the warning signs your body might be giving you.
Signs Of Stress
When you’re under stress, your body experiences a surge of hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol (commonly referred to as the ‘stress hormone’) and testosterone. These hormones are an instinctive reaction from your body to help you with whatever the stressful task may be. However, they also contribute to an increase in oil production levels and inflammation. Furthermore, your skin responds with an excess of cell production, thickening the epidermis to up to 10 times its normal size, resulting in blocked pores and the ideal environment for acne.
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When you’re experiencing stress you can suffer from a condition called Telogen Effluvium. This is when your hair follicles go into a resting phase, causing strands of hair to fall out. A rapid increase in androgens, such as testosterone, can cause your hair to shed more than usual. This issue should only be temporary, so if you find it’s an ongoing problem please consult your GP.
Redness & Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that leads to red and inflamed skin., Studies have shown that stress can affect skin’s sensitivity. Plus, according to the National Rosacea Society, stress can trigger rosacea symptoms. So when your skin flares up, we suggest sticking to soothing ingredients, like Aloe Vera and Cucumber. For an immediate, short-term solution, you can conceal redness and rosacea with anti-inflammatory mineral makeup. The Corrective Camouflage Kit and Redness Relief Powder are the perfect cover-ups! They’re designed to effectively cover the skin without aggravating any skin conditions.
Perhaps one of the more commonly recognised signs of stress. When experiencing high levels of stress you’re likely to be having trouble sleeping, clenching your muscles around your neck and shoulders, these can all trigger a tension headache. Tension headaches feel like pressure around the head, neck and behind the eyes. If you are suffering with tension headaches often, try and ensure you get at least 7 hours of sleep a night, eat healthy unprocessed foods and if possible get some exercise in too.
How To Fight Signs Of Stress
In our caveman days, the hormonal reaction to stress was an incredible way your body would kick itself into overdrive to handle approaching danger. However, in our more sedentary and safer lives today, (i.e. we don’t have to hunt wild animals to survive), stress is more of a constant. It occurs for every day, less extreme, things such as work deadlines, social situations and bill payments. Which is why it’s important to learn how to effectively manage it daily.
Daily physical activity helps your body produce endorphins, aka ‘happy hormones’. This chemical acts as a natural painkiller as well as improving sleep, which in turn can reduce your stress.
Becoming more aware of what’s happening right now can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better. Mindfulness is a popular technique recommended by therapists when dealing with anything from stress to anxiety and depression. It involves taking some time out of your day to just sit silently and pay attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body. It’s all about remaining in the physical present. It may sound easy, but it actually can be pretty tricky to stop your mind from wandering off and worrying about a million different things. So, don’t be discouraged! It takes practice. When your mind does start to wander just slowly bring your attention back to the present.
Enjoy “Me- Time”
Take some time out of your week to do something you enjoy. Whether it’s meeting up with a friend, starting that new hobby, getting your nails done or even just staying in with a good book.
Avoid Bad Habits
Don’t use alcohol, smoking, caffeine or junk food gas a coping mechanism. Healthy body does equal a healthy mind. Alongside regular exercise, having a healthy diet will help you cope with stress in the long term. These bad habits may give you temporary satisfaction but it won’t help you manage your stress effectively.
We can’t emphasize enough how important sleep is to your body. Make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours of beauty sleep every night. Tiredness is a key factor of uncontrollable stress.