Did you know April is Stress Awareness Month?! It seems to make sense, since it’s the same month our taxes are due, and we’re finding that we need to dig deep into our pockets to write a check to Uncle Sam. But April is also a reminder to stop and take a look at ourselves and the stress we put ourselves through on a daily basis. Whether it’s our jobs, our responsibilities with our families; something strenuous or negative we are going through, or even something as joyous as a wedding that we are planning. Stress is unavoidable in our lives and it’s up to us to find ways to reduce and manage it.
Studies are beginning to find tangible relationships between stress and compromised physical health. Those with jobs that maintain high stress levels are exposed to higher risks of heart attacks, greater likelihood of diabetes and arthritis, and premature aging. But it’s not just the jobs, it’s also the mindset. Whether we are at work or at home, if we just believe we are under stress, or if we dwell on it or react poorly in response to it, these can all change our hormonal balance and therefore negatively affect our physical long term health.
Although medical evidence is inconclusive whether stress directly correlates to wrinkles, it’s pretty evident that stress is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. A significant study showed that telomeres, which are the structures at the end of our chromosomes that shorten as we age, are prematurely shorter in those experiencing long-term stress. So this premature aging of our cells might be the reason our wrinkles may appear earlier.
So, the bottom line? It’s easy to say, “Don’t stress!” but that may not be very realistic.
Try these tips:
Smile: Smile when you are stressed. Smile when you have nothing to smile about. Smile when you don’t need to. Research has shown that smiling can help lower our heart rate and improve our heart health. And not to mention that smiling makes us more attractive, can boost our immune system, can lower our blood pressure and overall just makes us look and feel better.
Meditate: Taking time for yourself. Even a few quiet minutes behind a closed door can improve your outlook. Meditation has long been touted as one of the most basic and simple things a person can do to improve the quality of their physical and emotional life. Medically and scientifically speaking, it can also lower our blood pressure, support our immune system and reduce the levels of cortisol in our bodies.
Exercise: Getting into a gym, going for a run, or even taking a long brisk walk will get that blood flowing, and can act as a stress reliever. Exercise will increase your overall health and can also provide a great means to stress management. Brisk physical activity pumps up the endorphins, pumps oxygen through your body and helps strengthen bones and muscles. Exercising regularly can increase self-confidence and lower symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety, and can also improve your sleep. All this can help ease stress levels and give you a sense of command over your life.
For those who wear the pre-existing signs of stress on their chests or faces, there is one more thing you can do that is simple and effective. Overnight, between smiles and meditation, apply the SilcSkin Decollette Pads to your chest and/or the Facial Pads to your face and watch as your wrinkles fade and the youthfulness of your skin returns. It’s the easy alternative to injectables; it’s inexpensive and it’s effective. Once you see the results for yourself, there will be a little less stress in your life and a lot more smiling.