Starting to stress pre-holiday season? Stress can do a number on your mind, but it can also be apparent in your face, skin and hair if you are carrying such a heavy load. Stress ages us, quickly! Stress creates an adrenaline rush in our body, which in the simplest terms means that it upsets our body’s natural balance. Adrenalin is fine when you are running from a bear, but constant raised adrenalin levels will eventually cause burn out and disruption. Stress can cause hair loss, acne, psoriasis, hives, eczema, warts, cold sores and blisters, just to name a few topical symptoms. But it can also raise your blood pressure, cause headaches, fatigue or intestinal problems. 75-90% of all doctor visits are stress related! And stress costs our country $300 billion annually!
Stress creates an extremely acidic and toxic environment in the body. Numerous studies have been done which show links between stress and certain types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and pretty much every degenerative disease we are faced with today. Do not let this happen to you. You can combat and manage stress with a few simple techniques.
First of all, you must take cues from your body. Our body in its’ infinite wisdom will tell you when it is under stress. Do you get headaches? Is your hair falling out? Can you sleep soundly at night? Well, stress can be pretty sneaky and may attack in many different ways, so learning to recognize stress is the first step to dealing with it.
Next, you have to identify the source of your stress. Could it be work or family related? Maybe you are dealing with toxic people in your life. Try keeping a journal to keep track of how you feel and when for a few days to really clearly identify what the cause of your stress is.
Once you have identified the source, you must devise a plan of action. Implementing relaxation techniques is a good start. When you feel overwhelmed in a stressful situation, slow down and count to 10. This will have an automatic effect on your heart rate and will help you keep your cool.Schedule activities to help you destress-get a massage, take a bath, go running, read a book. Realistically though, if you don’t make the time and set a reminder for yourself to actually do it, you will probably skip it. It is vital to take time out for you, and this is an easy way to make sure you are your number one priority.
Do not turn to food. Stressful situations tend to make us feel vulnerable to unhealthful eating-and these foods mostly contain sugar, which will make you feel good at that very moment, but will leave you empty and unsatisfied. Make sure you have healthy foods on hand-fruits, vegetables, nuts, green powder drinks, etc. Then at least if you feel the urge to bite into something hard as a stress reliever, it can be an apple. 🙂
It can be extremely easy to fold and let stress get the better of you, but try to catch yourself and remember what that stress response is doing to your body. Do you want to look old, tired and literally stressed out? Or do you want to retain your youth and beauty by starting some new, helpful, stress-blasting rituals? Be good to your body. It truly does have to carry you and all you are faced with. Is it worth it to sweat the small stuff?