You know that stress is bad for your health—but your health and your appearance are closely connected—this means that stress can also take a hefty toll on your looks. Keep reading to learn more about how stress affects your body.
When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol—which can weaken your immune system and contribute to breakouts. Acne can be painful and embarrassing, but it can also lead to permanent scarring.
When people are stressed, they are more likely to furrow their brows and frown, which, over time, can contribute to the development of wrinkles.
Stress makes it harder for you to get the sleep you need, and when you are sleep deprived it shows up in your face—especially around your eyes. Stress and sleep deprivation can lead to bags under the eyes, dark circles, puffiness, and bloodshot eyes.
Don’t let stress damage your health and your appearance—take the following steps to reduce stress in your life:
- Exercise regularly—this is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy, improve your appearance, and reduce your stress levels. Try to find a physical activity that you enjoy so it is easier to fit exercise into your daily routine.
- Spend time outside—Sometimes something as simple as going for a walk on your lunch break can help you clear your head and relax.
- Avoid overcommitting. Learn to say no when you don’t have time for a social engagement or extra project.
- Read or watch something funny. Laughing is a great way to reduce tension and relieve stress.
- Spend time with loved ones or call them if they aren’t nearby.
- Try a yoga class—the calm environment and physical activity can help you clear your head.
- Take a nap—just a little bit of rest can go a long way.
- Avoid looking at screens an hour before going to bed. Checking your email or phone can make you anxious, and the light can disturb production of melatonin, which helps you sleep.
To learn more about improving your health and appearance, schedule a consultation at the Cleft And Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center.