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Beat stress to look your best

Stress can make you feel pretty awful.  For one thing, thinking about the many tasks you have to complete can leave your head spinning, leading to sleep loss and fatigue, which in turn reduces your ability to focus and function efficiently.  It can also have you feeling anxious and irritated, which may start to affect your relationships both at work and on the home-front.  And, of course it can also lead to more serious ailments like depression, ulcers, and even hypertension.  But these are all somewhat unseen effects.  What about the physical markers that can be left by stress?

You may not realize it, but suffering long-term stress can also have consequences when it comes to your personal appearance.  Totally aside from the fact that you begin to neglect your normally stringent standards of dressing, you are probably engaging in stress-eating (leading to bloating and weight gain) and you’re likely starting to look a little rough around the edges (dull skin and hair, puffy raccoon eyes, and possibly even stress-related acne).  Luckily, there are plenty of ways to beat the stress and return to a state where you look (and feel) your best.

Relax. This may sound pretty self-explanatory, but you really need to relax.  One of the major contributors to the onset of stress is the fact that you are putting everyone else ahead of yourself and neglecting your own wants and needs.  Make no mistake; you are not only doing yourself a disservice by adopting such an attitude, you are also posing a detriment to those you are trying to help.  When you’re not at the top of your game, you’re not going to deliver quality work, which could harm your career or personal relationships.  It’s a vicious and self-perpetuating cycle that only you can stop.  But how?

Say No. First and foremost: learn to say no.  You do not have to accept every invitation or obligation that comes your way.  By choosing to make some time for yourself at the expense of others, you are going to develop a healthier outlook on life and ensure that you get the personal attention you need to function properly.  And when your friends, family, and coworkers see you once again looking and feeling good, they won’t begrudge you a little time to yourself.  Remind yourself that you are allowed to take some time out of each day to do yoga, run a bath, read a book, take a nap, or simply watch the clouds go by for a bit.  This type of focus will help you to clear your mind and get back to a place where the world can once again be broken into manageable bits.

Get organized. Another trick for beating stress is to make lists.  Always keep a pad and pen handy (especially by the bed).  When thoughts of deeds to be done swirl around and clutter your brain, simply write them down for later reference, thereby removing them from the forefront of your mental awareness. 

Following these simple tips will leave you feeling confident and a little more carefree.  And, of course, the payoff is that you will not only feel happier and less stressed, but it will clearly reflect in your outward appearance.

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1 Comment

  1. 40MomsClub

    February 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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