MINI SERIES: STRESS - TOP TIPS TO COMBAT THE EFFECTS OF STRESS
EAT TO FUEL YOUR BODY
Poor nutrition can result in immunosuppression. A healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, good quality protein and healthy fats will provide you with the fuel to cope with stressful situations. Keeping your blood sugar levels steady by eating smaller meals throughout the day has been shown to help reduce cortisol levels. Incorporating a well formulated multi-vitamin/mineral supplement into your diet is an ideal way to ensure that you're getting the right nutrients on a daily basis
EXERCISE - GOOD FOR BODY AND SKIN
Exercise is a great way not only to reduce stress, but to also achieve healthier skin. However, the type of exercise you do should involve relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and mindfulness, for example yoga and Tai Chi. People often assume that a lot of exercise is the cure for stress but too much rigorous exercise can have the opposite effect, so it's important to build in rest. Getting more oxygen to flow to the brain will result in a reduced physical and mental response to stress. Studies have shown that exercise not only reduces stress, but it also encourages blood flow to your skin. Exercise produces endorphins which can help improve sleep, which will in turn help reduce stress. You should be moving but not over-doing it. If your body has at least eight hours rest, it will renew and rejuvenate itself which will also show in the quality of your skin.
A good remedy to help with stress is often just talking. It's important to take a step back and talk to someone about whatever is causing stress. Talking things through can help relieve stress and put a different perspective on a challenging situation. Sharing problems with a close friend or family member rather than 'bottling up' issues can be an effective way to start tackling stress. Sharing your burden can often help to lighten the load, and knowing that you have someone to talk things through with and discuss your issues can make the world of difference