Stress has been linked to a number of skin conditions. Acne and psoriasis are thought to worsen during times of high stress. According to a previous post, Stress: Skin-Damaging, Acne-Causing, "Stress can cause a myriad of skin problems - hair falling out, skin breaking out, skin flushing and so on." Numerous studies have also linked stress to psoriasis. Based on this, learning stress-management techniques is essential to improving complexion and should be a part of your daily skin care regimen.
The following are 10 ways to help reduce stress:
Add exercise to your daily routine. It has been shown that incorporating exercise into your daily routine can improve mood and reduce stress levels.
Use aromatherapy. Lavender and chamomile are believed to have calming properties. Dab a handkerchief with one of these scents to keep with you. During stressful times, you can take out and breathe in the scents to help stay calm.
Practice breathing exercises. For a quick calm down technique, take 10 breaths slowly. Inhale for 5 seconds and then exhale for ten seconds. This can help you immediately calm down. Practice deep breathing techniques for 10 minutes each day to help feel calm throughout the day.
Take a walk. Being outside in the fresh air is a simple de-stressor. According to research, the greener the area the better. Taking a short 5 to 10 minute walk will help you feel more relaxed.
Meditate. Meditation has an instant calming effect. Clearing your mind of negative or troubling thoughts gives you a chance to unwind. By practicing meditation for 10 minutes each day you will be able to use it to escape from a stressful situation.
Focus on what you can do, not what you can't do. As soon as you feel yourself getting nervous or worried, stop and think. What can you do about the situation? Many times we focus on our helplessness, what we can't do rather than looking at the situation and realizing what we can change.
Break large problems down into small steps. No matter what the problem is, it usually can be broken down into small parts that are more easily solved. When feeling overwhelmed, write down each part of the problem on paper and choose one area at a time to start solving.
Accept that there may be more than one solution to a problem. We often limit our choices for resolving a situation by searching for the ONE best solution. This prevents us from looking at all of our choices or acting on part of the solution.
Don't blame yourself. Many times we spend time and energy feeling guilty or blaming ourselves for our problems. But often situations are out of our control or have happened because of numerous events rather than one single thing we did. Instead of wasting energy blaming yourself, use this time to list as many solutions as possible to your situation.
Keep a funny stories notebook. Keep a notebook with you to write down funny and humorous stories. When you are feeling stressed, take out your notebook and read over the stories. Laughter and smiling are great stress reducers.
By learning to manage stress, you can improve the healthy look of your skin and keep psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions better under control.
Published On: January 02, 2012