Life can be challenging and difficult or demanding circumstances are often a normal part of our day to day lives. Our bodies react to stressful situations in a manner meant to prompt us to act and protect us from injury and disease, yet the repetitiveness of this response is not beneficial for the majority.
Stress causes the body to release more glucose and elevates blood pressure. When stress is chronic the body’s regulatory abilities weaken increasing the risk of developing diabetes, stroke and heart attack. Stress causes muscles to tense in order to prepare us to react to danger. This increased muscle tension is a common contributor to many chronic pain issues. Chronic stress weakens the immune system making us more susceptible to colds, flus, infections, and also interferes with our skin’s ability to heal. Our skin can be very reactive to stress which aggravates cold sores, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, acne, and can cause hives and other rashes.
Keeping our stress levels under control is important for our physical and psychological well-being as well as our appearance. There are many small things we can do between our massage and facial appointments to help. Take breaks throughout the day to center yourself, do some deep breathing exercises, stretch, drink water. Find some time for yourself everyday- a relaxing walk, bath, cup of tea, or just time to do something you enjoy. Exercise and stretching are important in so many ways including stress reduction. Our inner state reflects in how we face the world and in the face we show the world. Bring more positivity, joy and kindness into your life and note the many benefits!