Stress. Tips on how to manage stress!

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Stress. Stress is something we all deal with, and especially in college I was constantly stressed and overwhelmed. Stress is normal and sometimes hard to manage. When I was graduating college, I had so much to get done in such a short amount of time that I honestly did not think about how stress was negatively affecting my health. Instead I was just relieved to get through the day and sleep. However, during my final semester is when I started noticing my skin changing, which is what I know now is rosacea. Stress is one of my many triggers but probably the most impactful.

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What happens when I am stressed?!
When I am stressed my face is swollen, redder then normal and prone to breakouts.

How do I know how my body reacts to stress?!
Recently I had an important exam to take for my next goal in life and I had been stressed and studying constantly. During this time my face was extremely swollen, red and I was constantly breaking out. Once the exam was over and I could relax my face had almost instantly calmed down, the swelling was mostly gone and my face was less red.

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How to manage stress?!
Stress can be difficult to manage but I have some tips that have helped me.

  • Sleep. Taking a nap could give you the time you need to recharge.
  • No caffeine. Caffeine could make you jumpy and more anxious. Try decaf.
  • Limit social media use. Most of us are addicted to instagram, snapchat, twitter and/or facebook. Focus less on what others are doing and focus more on what is important to you. Your followers aren’t going anywhere they will survive without you.
  • Workout. I have fell in love with working out. Setting aside an hour a day to run on the treadmill or lift weights not only helps me reach my body goals but also relieves stress.
  • Learn to say NO! When you are stressed do not continue to add more to your plate. If you are able to say no then say it!
  • Spend time with family and friends. Spending time with people who make you happy can help you relax. Support from the ones we love can help us get through stressful/difficult times.
  • Listen to music. No matter what mood I am in, music always makes me feel better.
  • Take a bubble bath. Take a shower or bath. Light some candles and ignore the world for a few minutes.

Managing stress is important for your health and hopefully some of my suggestions can help you! Let me know what you do to relieve or manage stress.