Reducing the impact of stress on your skin
♦ Set limits. Don’t be afraid to say no to requests for your time and energy. There are only so many hours in the day. Set limits for yourself and others.
♦ Become a problem solver. Make a list of things that cause you stress. Figure out which problems you can solve now and which are beyond your control or the moment. Start by solving the little ones. Learn how to calmly look at a problem, think of possible solutions, and take action to solve the problem. The confidence that you build by solving the little problems will help you tackle the big ones—and this will go a long way to helping you feel less stressed.
♦ Take deep breaths. Slow down and take a few deep breaths; this will help your muscles relax.
♦ Stretch. Stretching can also help relax your muscles and make you feel less tense.
♦ Get enough sleep. This helps you recover from the stresses of the day; most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night to feel rested.
♦ Eat right. Fuel your body with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
♦ Get moving. Getting physical activity help relax your tense muscles and improve your mood.
♦ Share your stress. Talk with friends or family members about your problems. Not only can it help you feel better, but also they may provide a different perspective on the issue and new, possible solutions.