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.
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.
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.