Stress is our body’s way of reacting to any sort of threat or demand on your body. When your body feels threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which awaken the body’s need for action. Stressful conditions can have a direct impact on your health and appearance on your skin and body. The symptoms affect your health and you may not even realise how much. That nagging headache, an increase in insomnia or sleep disruptions and decreased energy levels and productivity are directly linked to stress.
Unfortunately, this condition is a common issue we all face today which is largely a result of our fast-paced modern lifestyles. Work pressure, constant deadlines, career demands, balancing home and work life and emotional issues all add to the stress filled lifestyles we lead. Stress is after all the body’s normal reaction to change that require an adjustment or response to manage and our bodies react to these changes with mental, emotional and physically responses.
HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOUR BODY
Stress that continues without relief can lead many negative effects on your body and can often manifest itself in physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and problems with eating and sleeping. Research suggests that the condition can also bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. There are many people to turn to what they believe to be stress relievers such as alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. Instead of helping relieve stress or create relaxation many of these substances, especially when in excess, tend to keep the body in a stress state and may lead to more problems.
The body can react to the symptoms of stress which we can see in our bodies in a number of ways. A lack of energy, increased headaches, stomach concerns including diarrhea and nausea, muscle tension and pain, insomnia, slow immune responses, shaking, increase in sweating and grinding teeth.
HOW STRESS AFFECTS YOUR SKIN
When your body is stressed it triggers a release of our stress hormone call Cortisol which is also believed to increase the production of oil on our skin, making our skin more prone to pimples or causing flare up or breakouts and acne. Skin can manifest itself on the skin during stress in a manner that experts refer to as the mind-skin connection. Conditions such as Rosacea, Eczema, Hives, Psoriasis, Alopecia and acne can occur as a result of prolonged stress.
Another impact that stress can have on skin is the negative effect on the emotion and may result in low self-esteem, decision-making, social interaction and our ability to maintain healthy daily routines. This can lead to neglecting daily skin regimen and care, lack of concern on symptoms and can lead to other skin manifestations. Many skin rejuvenation treatments have been shown to significantly improves a person’s outward appearance and have a positive impact on the way people feel about themselves.
Contact The Melrose Aesthetic Centre for more information on how we can help manage your stress levels better.