De-stress your skin
Modern life means that sometimes stress comes as standard and there will inevitably come a time where work or your personal life (or both) can take its toll.
As if feeling stressed wasn?t bad enough, stress can also have an impact on your skin to leave it dull, sensitive, red, inflamed and uncomfortable.
Here are our top tips to help you de-stress, to ease both the mind and body and get your skin back on track.
? Remove yourself from the situation. Go for a 10 minute walk if you can, but even if you just go into another room or step outside for a few moments, removing yourself from the situation that is causing you stress (be it a person, your computer, or whatever) can really help to clear your head and encourage rational thought.
? Breathe deeply. Stress often brings with it shallow breathing, which can reduce the amount of oxygen that your body receives. Focus on your breath for a few moments – just become aware of it rather than influencing it at first ? then take a few slow, deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth (closing your eyes if possible) to help calm down your system. Now focus on your breath again and notice how it compares to when you began the exercise.
? Unplug. The fact that we all tend to be constantly ?switched on? thanks to smartphones, laptops and tablets means that we can be ?on-call? at all times. But do you really need to be reading/responding to emails at 10pm at night? Try to have a dedicated time in the evenings to switch off your electronic gadgets and relax instead with loved ones or perhaps read a book or take a bath.
? Exercise. Although you might not feel up to it, working out is a great way to take your mind off the day?s stresses, spend time focused on you and release pent-up adrenalin and aggression that may have built up in the body. What?s more, exercise releases feel-good endorphins, so it?s a win-win situation.
? Sleep. It?s amazing how much better you feel and how much clearer you can focus after a good night?s sleep. Send yourself off for an early night and if you have trouble dozing off, try listening to soothing music or focusing on your breathing to distract yourself from any racing thoughts.
? Let it go. We can have a tendency to let all manner of things bother us throughout the day, but learning not to ?sweat the small stuff? can have an amazing impact on how much lighter you feel.
If stress is having an impact on your skin’s health, natural skin specialist, nutritionist, pharmacologist and health scientist Claudia Louch can help. Click here to make an appointment enquiry at the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic.