Dealing with stress is a normal part of life. Sure, it's not the most fun thing in the world, but it's something we all have to learn to live with. No amount of self-care will stop stress from happening. The key to successfully managing stress lies in the way we choose to react and manage it.
Stress can wreak havoc on your hair, skin and nails but it's more than meets the eye. Being stressed out can slow your digestion and make it harder for your body to absorb essential vitamins and nutrients. Cortisol levels also rise when we are stressed. Both cortisol and a lack of proper nutrients can pose problems for our appearance. Combine the two and you're just asking for grey hairs!
Nearlythree-quartersof acne sufferers report more severe acne flare-ups when they're feeling that heavy weight of stress. Cortisol causes our bodies to produce more oil in our skin which can then lead to clogged pores.
Women who reported feeling stressed are 11 times more likely to have hair loss!
Not only can your hair start to thin, but stress really does turn your hair grey. When your body reacts to stressful situations, your hair is depleted of its beautiful pigmentation. So yes, when you pick up your spouse's dirty clothes that they put right next to the laundry basket for the 200th time, they really are giving you grey hair!
When grey hair starts making an appearance, so does its best friend: wrinkles.
Yes, wrinkles are another bit of collateral damage caused by stress. Stress is our body's instinctual way to stay safe from dangers. It's our hardwired fight or flight mode. When we are stressed, our bodies release adrenaline. When we were cavemen, this would have helped us run from wild animals. Nowadays, it helps us answer emails while waiting in the school pickup line while also mentally making our to-do lists.
That adrenaline causes us to sweat, which means we lose water, which means our skin dehydrates. The cortisol we talked about also causes us to lose collagen which is the miracle protein that keeps our skin looking young and vibrant.
says New York dermatologist Dr. Julie Russak.
Our hair, skin and nails are the least of our concerns when it comes to survival. And, since our bodies don't realize it's the year 2021 and not 1520, we are still wired to sacrifice these parts of our bodies first.
In all aspects of your life, set boundaries. Let's say it together one more time - SET BOUNDARIES. We live in a world where everything we ever need is at our fingertips 24/7. We can contact anyone around the globe at any time of day. Our jobs are no longer confined to the walls of our workplace from 9am to 5pm. In order to keep your sanity and get a grip on your stress before it gets a grip on you, throw up those boundaries.
Commit to switching your brain from work mode to play mode at a specific time every day. Leave your phone in the other room for a few hours. Don't answer every text, call or email. Stop signing up for every PTA event or agreeing to every holiday party. Take time to just enjoy being alive and spending time with whoever or whatever you love.
There are many types of collagen (29 to be exact) that each play a unique role in your health. Investing in a multi-collagen supplement will have your body jumping for plump, luscious joy! Your hair, skin, nails, digestion and selfie-mode will thank you.
It seems like exercise cures everything, right? Getting in your daily steps or going for a jog can help clear your mind of stress, loosens muscles and promotes blood flow. It also helps combat cortisol.
Pro tip: Take your dog with you. They'll love the outdoor time and science shows that dogs lower our stress too! Who doesn't like puppy kisses?
Practicing meditation forces you to shut out all outside distractions and focus on clearing your mind. Light some incense, dim the lights and drift away into a tranquil soundtrack. Consider adding in some yoga to stretch stiff muscles even more.
If none of the above options sound like they'd stop your stress in its tracks, think about what it is that sets your mind free. Is there any particular task that allows your mind to drift off and forget the stress of the day? Self-care doesn't always mean candles and bubble baths.
Stress only controls us if we let it. We choose to react to things and it's those reactions that make all of the difference. Don't be afraid to set boundaries to protect your physical and mental health. Most importantly, nobody is immune from aging.
Collagen supplements certainly help, but we will all turn grey and get wrinkles at some point. Take care of yourself but never be ashamed of the transformation of your body.
Each change is part of the story that makes your life unique.
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