Stress comes in many forms, workplace stress, family stress, grief over the loss of a loved one, etc… Some can be avoided, but as we know, many cannot. Some people handle it better than others, and some even thrive from the pressure. Regardless, it takes its toll on everyone.
Stress help to rid your body of many essential vitamins and minerals. Particularly vitamins C, E, and B. This leads to lethargy, lower focused mental activities (clinically it causes more erratic brain activity and a reduction in short term and long term memory). Drying out and aging of the skin (in some), weight gain, and in others an increase in the sebaceous gland activity – which usually causes breakouts, acne, and rosacea. Of course, those will all bring more stress as we focus on how others view our physical appearance in today’s society.
We cannot stop all of it, but we can take steps to stop or limit its toll on our skin and body. Take a multivitamin supplement every day. Eat a well-balanced diet – especially fish meat like salmon (high in omega 3’s which is proven to increase brain function and cellular activity, but it also is proven to reduce the aging process of the skin and promote weight loss). Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Strive for at least 5 servings per day. You will see a notable difference in 4-6 weeks, and you will feel better (along with better colon health and drink plenty of water
Exercise more often. Aerobic exercise release powerful hormones that actually counteract harmful chemicals and results in stress. It will also improve your body’s abilities to cope with oxidants. Strength training is also beneficial for your aesthetic goals and overall well-being. Meditation and prayer may also ease the stress, take 20 minutes every day or so.