Stress is inevitable in becoming successful, and it can take its toll not only on your mental health but on your body too. Below, we’ve listed how it can affect your physical wellness and how to look fresh and worry-free in spite of it.
1. Red spots appear on your skin.
Inflammation is your body’s natural reaction to threat. When you’re stressed, cortisol floods your bloodstream and causes an imbalance in your hormones and gut. This can result in psoriasis, eczema, or acne.
Among the countless benefits of a healthy diet is helping your body manage stress better. Eat fruits, vegetables, grass-fed protein, and probiotics to help keep your gut healthy and to prevent any skin breakouts the next time you feel on edge.
2. Your risk for obesity increases.
There's some sort of high when you eat your favorite comfort food to cope with stress—this is how the vicious cycle of “rewarding stress” begins. The higher your stress levels, the more you crave fatty and sugary foods, making you more prone to obesity when you cave.
Combat your stress by exercising. It may be a difficult habit to get behind, but that’s all the more reason to get started. Get your pulse up and load up on endorphins (aka happy hormones) with a good workout, then go to work with a clear head and a positive mindset.
3. Your skin starts to form fine lines.
If your signature RBF involves furrowed eyebrows and an unimpressed frown, you might want to consider a different look. In addition to sallow skin, when your facial muscles and skin are stretched or contracted the same way out of habit due to stress, fine lines start to form and become more visible over time.
While it sounds silly at first, meditation and deep breathing techniques can help suppress the initial reaction to stress—which includes wrinkle-inducing facial expressions. Try guided meditations or take deep breaths the next time you encounter a stressful situation. It also helps to smile; it's been found that positive facial expressions lead to a better mood.
4. Your hair thins out.
Stress can accelerate your hair’s natural growth cycle, jumping from the growing phase to the falling out phase quickly. Alopecia areata (patchy hair loss) and trichotillomania (hair-pulling) are examples of stress-induced hair-loss disorders.
The last thing you need on top of a stressful career is compromised health. On top of de-stressing techniques, you can use Cream Silk Hair Fall Defense Conditioner to help fight signs of hair loss. It has Break-Shield Complex to help prevent breakage and control hair fall by strengthening your tresses from root to tip.