In a previous post, we discussed some of the ways stress can impact your skin. From bags under the eyes to acne breakouts, stress and your skin are clearly not friends. So what are some ways to reduce stress in your life and promote clearer, happier skin?
We're glad you asked! We have found several suggestions for stress-reduction in your life. While not all of them may be the best for you, you're sure to find one or more ways to relieve some of the tensions of the world and help improve the skin you're in.
Stress Reduction for Healthier Skin
Some of the ways you can work on reducing your stress include: meditation, listening to relaxing music, exercise, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), burning incense or candles, laughing, taking a walk, and disconnecting. We will cover the first 4 this week, then the last four on March 27th.
Meditation for Less Stress & Healthier Skin
Do you find your face furrowed a lot in concentration or do you have a problem with grinding your teeth? Meditation can be a quick and easy way to get some of these stress factors reduced and start you on the path to more healthy skin. You can meditate for as little as two minutes and still feel results.
How do you meditate?
There are a few different options. Many people suggest starting with guided meditation, as it allows you to focus on just completing the tasks. You can find guided meditation tracks pretty much everywhere on the internet. The audio recordings give you a clear instruction on how to focus your mind and slow down for just a second. Meditation also helps promote clearer thinking, so it may have long term stress reduction effects if you make it a part of your daily ritual.
Soothing Music for Less Stress
There is some scientific evidence to suggest that music rhythms may be able to effect brain waves. Soothing sounds such as rain and nature can help get you to a more relaxed state. The University of Nevada has a wonderful library of soothing sounds to get you started. If unfamiliar music puts your teeth on edge though, consider digging up some old songs that have a positive connotation for you. Stress relief should focus on your personal preferences, and not necessarily what "people" expect to be soothing.
According to the ADAA "Exercise is ... considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function." It might be hard to get started in an exercise routine, but it is definitely worth it overall. Web MD suggests "by increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system," ...You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside." Exercise releases feel good endorphins, has been proven to lower stress overall, which can also help lower the incidence of stress triggered breakouts and skin conditions. Exercising may not be super pleasant to get started at, but it is definitely worth it for your skin, body, and brain.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
Progressive Muscle Relaxation, or PMR for short, is a technique that was first developed in 1920 to help regulate tension in the muscles in your body. If you've ever been working on something tricky for a while and realized you had been clenching your jaw or furrowing your brow, a few sessions of PMR might make an improvement in your life, and prevent wrinkles from forming or deepening. PMR teaches you to recognize tension in your muscles and release it. There are several soothing videos on youtube that will guide you through your first PMR sessions, for example, here or here.
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