How To Handle Stress

How To Handle Stress
Our healthy habits are often the first thing to go when we get stressed. We may skip the gym, smoke, eat junk food, forgo our skin-care routines and withdraw from our family and friends. Learning to take control of the things that are truly under our control—and, believe it or not, many stressors fall into this category—is a great help. Preparing for times of stress and giving ourselves a break is the first step toward managing it. Start by working on the small issues first—it will have a positive impact on your brain and help decrease stress hormones.

• Find an ally—a friend, relative, therapist or member of the clergy—and talk about what is going on in your life rather than isolating yourself.

• Go against the grain. You may feel like skipping a workout or eating junk food, but doing what you can to counter these impulses pays off in the end.

• Exercise. Walking for as little as 15 minutes a day helps raise your level of endorphins, the moodboosting chemicals in your brain.

• Zone out to help you “zone in” later. Find a healthy way to relax. It could be massage, yoga or meditation—anything that has a quieting effect.

• Sleep! Sleep is anti-infl ammatory, a time of heaing when cortisol levels are at their lowest. Getting enough will keep your best coping skills at hand.

• Throw out your magnifying mirror—it only encourages you to critique and pick at your skin. The body and mind are more connected than we realize. The good news is that we have the capability to lessen stress by taking small steps each day. Try a few simple lifestyle changes, and your face will show the results sooner than you’d imagine.
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