Don't Let Stress Get in the Way of Beauty July 22 2012, 1 Comment

Lately on my Twitter feed I have been noticing a lot of people (mostly woman) who are drowning in stress; and I couldn't help but relate. Work is expecting a project due soon, school finals are on the way, your kids seem to be getting the best of you, your ex is being a ridiculous jerk, your spending more than you make; whatever it may be, these things cause stress. A woman can take a lot, but sometimes life may make you wonder. If you ever think about giving up, remember what you are here for! Stress totally sucks, but do not let it get in the way of looking your best. As many know, stress can cause breakouts, weight gain, and fatigue; which can make you stress even more because you all of a sudden become unhappy with how you look. It's like a never ending circle of stress, but there is a way out. 

Before I wanted to pursue a career in fashion journalism, my major was psychology; and I still enjoy reading psychologists articles just to keep myself healthy. Recently I learned a lot about how stress can destroy a woman's body and beauty, something we as woman absolutely cherish, from psychologists Ari Novick, Ph.D, and Michael Breus, Ph.D. 

“The most common causes of stress are work, family, marriage and relationships, time management, finance, not meeting life goals, and disappointment in self,” explains Dr. Novick. Once affected, these stress symptoms can manifest both in the mind and the body. “Physically, stress can cause significant health problems,” says Dr. Novick. “It’s directly related to heart attacks, immune system deficiencies, diabetes, ulcers, eczema, and weight gain. Mentally, it can cause feelings of depression and anxiety, lack of motivation, anger, nervousness, mood swings, and procrastination.”

Lack of sleep is also a huge contributor to stress. Without enough shut-eye, stress levels can skyrocket, causing blotchy skin, a dull complexion, dark under eye circles, and weight gain. “Sleep deprivation causes a change in your stress hormones, such as cortisol,” explains Dr. Breus. “The more sleep deprived you are, the higher your level of cortisol. This increases your appetite—specifically for high carb and high fat foods—which increase the levels of serotonin in your brain, which in turn, helps reduce cortisol and calm you down.” To release yourself from a rough patch you may be in, surround yourself with positive things and positive people. “Learning to change your perception is half the battle.” 

So ladies, I know things may be hard at times, but nothing lasts forever. Go put on your favorite outfit, do your hair, slip on the hottest shoes you have; and go and conquer your day. Nothing should get in the way of your confidence and beauty.