Stress is a reaction to pressure. There are different kinds of stress we experience. We all have experience stress; environmental (sun exposure, air pollution, smoking), physical (feeling strained), emotional (emotional distress) , traumatic (reaction to a traumatic event), chronic (daily ongoing stress), and acute (happens sudden stress for a short period of time).
When you are chronically stressed. A chemical reaction occurs when the body is stressed. When stressed, the brain gives signals all through the body to turn on inflammation and receptors that releases a hormone called cortisol. Stress causes our bodies to work harder which causes the skin to be reactive, sensitive and harder for the body to heal skin issues. When the hormone cortisol is released into the body, cortisol sends a message to the glands in the skin to produce more oil. When an increased oil production in your skin happens it’s causes the hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells then it causes a pimple and skin redness.
When the body is stressed is can interrupt with the balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria in the digestive system. This disruption of good bacteria and bad bacteria can affect you skin, promoting acne and redness to the skin.
Stress accelerates aging and that makes you look older. The hormone cortisol breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin. Inflammation causes a production of certain hormones, those hormones interfere with cell recreation and free radical damage causing premature wrinkles, spots, and sagging skin.
Daily we are exposed to stress. We can keep our stress under control by living a healthy balanced lifestyle. Set some time aside for you.
Ways You Can Reduce Your Stress Level
- Practice deep breathing
- Take breaks
- Take time to relax
- Spend tome with family or friends
- Get enough sleep
- Listen to soothing music
- Chew gum
- If something is bothering you do not hold it all in talk to a family members or friend or if you can’t talk about it journal you thoughts and emotions.
- Do not take on more than you can handle.
Learn to say no
- Avoid procrastination
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
- Have realistic expectations and do not be too hard on yourself.
- Focus on what you can do.
Help calm the environment you live in. There are some great essential oil products to help you relax and cope with the stressors of life.
Calming blend essential oil is made with a blend of calming essential oils; lavender, wintergreen, frankincense, Amyris, lemongrass, cedarwood, orange, and patchouli. Use this recommended essential oil blend to help you drift off to a more restful sleep.
WHY USE A CALMING SLEEP ESSENTIAL OIL?
Essential oils with calming benefits
LAVENDER – Lavender helps insomnia and anxiety and promote relaxation, calm, and balance.
WINTERGREEN – Wintergreen offers crisp, refreshing relaxation. Unwind, stimulate good blood circulation, and promote relaxed bliss.
FRANKINCENSE – Frankincense is healing and comforting. Use it to create a safe haven from the pressures and stresses of daily life.
AMYRIS – Amyris is woodsy and grounding. Soothe anxiety, detoxify the body, and promote good sleep.
LEMONGRASS – Lemongrass reduces stress and promote mental cleansing and a gently uplifted frame of mind.
CEDARWOOD – Cedarwood brings calming energy. Relieve restlessness, and promotes grounded energy.
ORANGE – Orange is up lifting. Ease negative feelings and promote a cheerful, elevated mood.
PATCHOULI – Patchouli has the sweet spicy of incense. Ease cold and headache symptoms and promote a connection with the higher self.