Stress and Your Inflamed Skin

Stress & Your Inflamed Skin

It would certainly seem true that when you’re stressed, your skin shows it by the development of a large pimple in a most undesirable location (read Does Stress Cause Acne?), a new patch of eczema springing up, and the flaring up of your rosacea, right?

Scientific research has yet to confirm – until now. [Read more…]

Does Stess Cause Acne?

Does stress cause acne?

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Pimples from Stress

It always seems to happen right when you have that big event, an exam , or you are worrying about something – a pimple or pimples appear. Even in my 50’s I just had two pop up on my chin right before and during a very hectic work week.

It certainly seems to go hand in hand, doesn’t it? Remember in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on the wedding day the bride woke up with a big pimple. She put coverup on it, and then her groom told her later he had developed one, but it went away when he sprayed Windex on it!

From WebMD:

Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, (says that) “When you already have acne and you get into a stressful situation, that seems to be when your acne really flares up.”” [Read more…]

Reduce Stress by Breathing Like This

When you have a period of stress, do you ever notice how shallow you are breathing? I know I am barely breathing while I’m rushing to get things done, or am nervous about something.

I’ve known how to breathe with my diaphragm since I was in Junior High Choir, but somehow, that all goes out the window when I’m just trying to get something accomplished in a hurry or have a boatload of “stuff” to get done. You, too?

So, know that as I am sharing this with you, I need this reminder even more!

Breathing to Relax

How to Breathe to Relax: [Read more…]

Stressful day? Find Your “Mindful Spot”!

You have more meetings than time to produce and your phone is going crazy with calls, emails and text messages. Pretty soon your head is spinning, your eating whatever is handy, and you’re getting a little snippy at the smallest inconvenience. Sound familiar?

What can you do to maintain your calm, get everything organized to continue being productive, and stay focused while your phone is ringing away? Find your mindful spot.

Your mindful spot is the place you can go to disengage yourself from the overwhelm, and put you into your peaceful calm.

Focus on things around you where you are right now, and breathe. Take a little stroll in the fresh air.

Ladies Power Walking

Sing a happy song.

Do some positive self talk like:
“I am fully able to handle everything that comes my way with a positive attitude and successful outcome”.

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Organize, prioritize and make lists in the order of importance and when things need to be accomplished.

Think happy thoughts and …

smile

Most of all, Keep SMILING!

Mindfulness Reduces Stress

summer fruitsWhen your doctor tells you to make lifestyle changes, what does that mean? By now I think everyone knows the big changes to make:

  • Stop smoking,
  • cut out alcohol,
  • start exercising regularly,
  • eat a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, lean meats and nuts.

One could do all of the above, and without working on reducing stress – or learning how to change your perception of things that cause you stress – your risk for stress related health issues will remain the same.

How do we get a handle on stress so that it no longer influences our health in a negative way? [Read more…]

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