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How Stress Can Affect Your Body and Tips For Managing Stress

Stress can play havoc with your body and your skin. The problem is, most people don’t recognize the signs of stress, so they don’t take steps to look after themselves.

Do you frequently sleep less than 8 hours a night? Do you find you are always racing, trying to get things done? Do you skip meals or exercise because you simply don’t have the time? Do you find yourself pulled in different directions, juggling work, family, and many other responsibilities? Do you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day, not having much motivation to do anything else?

What are the effects of stress?

Long-term stress can have a huge impact on your health and well being. Long-term stress impacts on your immune system, causing you to pick up viruses and get sick more often. Stress affects our nervous system, causing tension, headaches, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety. Stress affects the digestive system, causing irritable bowel, nausea, vitamin deficiency due to poor absorption of nutrients from the gut. Stress affects your hormones which can lead to a myriad of side effects.

How stress affects the skin

Let’s talk about the skin specifically. Stress induced skin conditions include rashes, irritation, inflammation, hives, itching, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Lack of sleep will make you skin look tired and dull and cause puffiness or dark circles around the eyes. Stress accelerates ageing in the skin, causing wrinkles to appear sooner than they should.

Tips to manage stress

So how can you manage stress? There are some small things you can do every day to relax and recharge, give your body a chance to get back into balance.

  1. Go to bed earlier to get a good night sleep. It’s amazing what a good night sleep can do for your skin and your body. Go for a 20-minute walk every day, getting out into nature is very therapeutic for the body and the mind. Walk in the park, the gardens or the beach, leave your electronics behind, listen to the birds and the trees. This simple act can do a great deal to reduce stress.
  2. Take time out every day to meditate for 5-10 minutes. You can do it in bed first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Or step out for a moment outside your house, sit on a chair, close your eyes and tune out for a few minutes whenever you feel you need a break. It will do wonders to calm your senses and your mind. Take up a hobby doing something that gives you joy, photography, painting, singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument.
  3. Look up local community colleges and browse their short courses for inspiration. There is so much you can do for recreating that will help bring balance back in your life.
  4. You can always come in and book a relaxing spa escape, a beautiful body ritual that promotes a sense of deep relaxation. Try our new Oriental Sensations Spa Ritual, guaranteed to help you relax and unwind. Or try a relaxing pedicure, there is nothing like someone massaging your feet when you are feeling stressed.

There are many ways you can bring back balance into your life to better manage stress for long-term good health and wellbeing. If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek the help of professionals and if it’s affecting your health, do go see a doctor or a health care professional. Looking after yourself is looking after others.


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