Breakouts always seem to pop up at the worst times. When you’re preparing for a big interview or just feeling overworked and overwhelmed. This is because stress triggers a chemical response within your body, which causes breakouts. The best way to prevent these stress breakouts? Relax! Which sounds like a no-brainer but can be very challenging for some people. So here are some of the best stress management techniques. Your skin and mental health will thank you!
Update Your Diet
While we all enjoy a coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine at night, alcohol and caffeine can have effects on the body that increase feelings of stress. Caffeine works by stimulating your nervous system. Too much can lead to a rapid heartbeat and increase in blood pressure, which can lead to induced anxiety and stress. Additionally, in a review of studies on stress and alcohol published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews it was determined that the variables surrounding the consumption of alcohol, such as the drinking environment and type of beverage, can alter the ultimate effects of the alcohol. The studies indicate that drinking alcohol doesn’t relieve stress, but instead increases it during a drinking binge.
It may seem cliché, but stopping to take a nourishing, supportive breath and recenter yourself is an effective way to reduce stress. Pause to concentrate on your breathing. Can you make it silent? Deeper? Longer? According to a study from Teaching and Learning in Medicine, students who employed the deep breathing method of stress management found relief each academic year. They also reported perceiving less test anxiety, nervousness, self-doubt and concentration loss by using the technique outside of class.
Stress is a normal part of life, but chronic stress can wreak havoc on your skin. As you take steps to reduce stress, you will not only notice your skin improving but also your general mood and wellbeing.