Stress has finally started to come to the forefront of people’s mind. For years stress has been the reason for depression, anxiety, loneliness and nervousness, between the grind of high-pressure jobs, family happiness, money worries and trying to maintain a normal life, stress has become pervasive in our everyday lives.
The effects of stress can take many physical forms, people often complain about muscle tension, blurred eyesight, chest pains, indigestion, feeling dizzy and headaches, to name but a few of an ever-increasing list.
But did you know that stress also has a strong effect on our appearance.
Stress can trigger skin issues, including eczema and psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis is very common and can lead to the person scratching furiously at their head, often removing hair, if is not uncommon for bald patches to appear in these areas, as the scratching kills the follicle.
Stress can also trigger a condition called Trichotillomania, resulting in the person unconsciously picking at their head and beard hair, until bald areas become visible.
Research has shown that TenT’s Biotin works with the body to stop rashes and skin irritations and can be used as a cure for scalp psoriasis. Along with Biotin, there are many good shampoos, including T-gel, charcoal shampoos and a personal favourite - if I need to ensure all nasties are off my scalp and hair – Head & Shoulders Classic (not to be used every day, but when the need strikes).
It has recently been proven that stress can alter you hormone balance increasing the amount of cortisol produced in the skin. Often spots or breakouts will appear on the temples of stressed skin.
This cortisol overload can trigger breakouts and dry skin. It will also reduce your skins elasticity and ability to retain water. Another key issue that a cortisol overload can produce, is a decrease in the production of Collagen.
TenT’s new skin supplement (releasing soon) is designed to help with these issues, packed full of Collagen, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and Vitamin C, it will increase elasticity, reduce wrinkles, fight UV damage and brighten the skin.
You probably realise that stress can take a toll on the quality of your sleep, but you may not know exactly how or why. Basically, it’s because feeling stressed out increases your physiological and psychological arousal in ways that are incompatible with the state your body and mind need to enter relaxed, restorative sleep.
The 3 most common ways to tell if stress is affecting you sleep are.
- You can’t turn off your busy mind
- Your muscles are very tense
- Your heart is racing
While we all understand that a poor night’s sleep makes us tired, affecting our productivity, health and mood, it is not as commonly known about the affects a poor nights rest has on our appearance.
A lack of sleep can deprive you brain, body and skin of nourishment. A good nights rest helps remove dead blood cells and dead brain cells allowing new ones to replace them. Thus helping your skin glow and improving your cognitive function.
Poor sleep will also contribute to a dehydrated complexion, redness and dark circles. They say that skin is the window into your bodies health- therefore stress + no sleep will only evoke a dull complexion, dry flaking skin and breakouts.
TenT is soon releasing a new supplement aimed at helping you sleep, made up of Magnesium, L-Tryptophan and other great ingredients designed to help you relax and sleep soundly through the night.
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HOW TO BATTLE STRESS
Here are a few simple ways to battle stress and enjoy life a little more-
- Exercise- Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. It lowers stress hormones, releases endorphins, helps you sleep soundly and gives you confidence.
- Light a candle- while we understand it’s not for everyone, some scents are especially soothing.
- Reduce your caffeine intake- Caffeine is a stimulant and people have different thresholds, if you notice you are anxious or jittery, consider cutting back and none after 2pm.
- Write down issues- Sometimes writing your issues down can let you focus on them one at a time, rather than feeling overwhelmed. Writing a plan to combat issues can really help too.
- Laugh- It is hard to feel stressed or anxious when you are laughing.
- Just try to chill- I know this is easier said then done. But sometimes taking a step back, trying to refocus on the important things in life and remember that we only get one go on this ride, so enjoy it and don’t waste it feeling stressed.
The leading reason for TenT being founded was to help men with their mental health and to try to give them more confidence to march (not whimper) through life.
If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, you are certainly not alone and here are some helpful articles, plus a very good charity for mental health that we hope will help.