It's been proven that exercise eases anxiety and depression, but some days require a little something extra. With the Christmas holiday period closer than we realise, there's no better time to take pre-emptive measures and make good habits that will help you keep calm and carry on — regardless of what the season brings.
If you're wondering if you suffer from stress symptoms, they include: muscle tension, headaches, stomach upsets and fatigue. Taking five minutes out of your day to do a simple deep breathing exercise could mean the world of difference for your body and mind, and bring you back to equilibrium. See a favourite of ours from Queensland Health, keep reading after the break.
Between social media, email, and texting, it's easy to go without actually talking to your closest friends. If you find yourself stressed out during your day, whether it be work, family, or life-related, there's no reason you have to deal with it on your own. Picking up the phone and reaching out to someone you trust is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make you feel better. The next time you're stressed, take a few minutes to call a friend or family member with a caring ear. Talking therapy with someone close will ease your mind and can prevent you from turning to stress-induced habits like overeating. Although turning to our loved ones in a time of need can make all the difference, it's also great to connect and laugh with friends even on days when you're feeling happy and relaxed.
Thanks to a certain Victoria's Secret Fashion Show yesterday and the fact that Summer is just a few short weeks away, we've fully immersed ourselves in Flat Stomach Mode. But exercise and a healthy diet aren't the only things you can do. Relaxing is key.
It might sound strange but stress is a common factor in bloating, which is definitely something you want to avoid when you're in a bikini. When you're stressed, adrenalin production levels increase in typical "fight or flight" mode but this typically slows the digestive system down, causing bloating.
Cortisol — dubbed the "stress hormone" — also doesn't help matters as it increases the body's longing for sugar and fats, which is why you feel like polishing off two family-sized Dairy Milk bars after a bad day at work. The good news is, levels of cortisol can easily be decreased by exercise and other relaxing activities. So if you want to have the perfect beach body — breathe, take a break and beat the bloat with a walk and a relaxing bath each day. How do you de-stress?
High levels of the stress hormones cortisol, referred to as the "anti-sleep" hormone, and adrenalin in our bodies are two of the major contributing factors when it comes to sleep deprivation. The day-to-day pressures of work, family, friends and life cause our bodies to release higher levels of cortisol, which is bad news when it comes to bed time. The worst part about it? Once we're concerned that we aren't getting enough sleep, we choose that as something else to add to our "stress list," resulting in even less sleep. Here's a few ways to beat stress before bedtime and get your well-deserved beauty sleep.
- Exercise! Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, the natural "happy" hormone, however choose your activity carefully, as exercising before bedtime increases your body temperature, making it harder for you to fall asleep. If you can't squeeze the gym in at any other time, attempt a gentle yoga routine before bed to regulate your breathing and lower your body temperature.
Whether you're the one sitting the exams or you're the nervous mum worrying about the results, the HSC can be stressful time for everyone. But to make sure that your household stays as stress-free as possible during exam period, we've compiled a quick guide for students and those at home supporting them.
- Be realistic with your study plan — if you set unrealistic goals, you'll only stress yourself out further
- Make sure you take a break — head outside, go for a walk, just step away from the books for five!
We've been talking about stress for the past few weeks — what stresses you out; how to combat it; what celebrities do to de-stress; and how it can affect your skin — and we thought it would be a good time to talk about the differences between stress and anxiety.
It's pretty much a given that every person will experience stress at some point in their life, but according to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 14.4 percent of Australians suffer from some form of short-term anxiety disorder with women experiencing higher rates of anxiety than men. Age-wise, it is twice as dominant in women aged 25-34 than men. So how does it show itself? Well stress and anxiety can have similar symptoms:
- Feeling especially tired or like everything is an effort
- Unable to get to sleep or very restless sleep
- Feeling especially worried about something
- A change in your skin and increase in breakouts
- Feeling irritable and sometimes irrational
- Having an unexpected pain, especially in the jaw from clenching your teeth
The difference between the two is that stress is often the result of feeling nervous or under pressure about something. Anxiety on the other hand is the continuation of those feelings, with or without a stressful event in your life, and as it's an on-going feeling, it can be much more crippling. I've already shared my top tips for combating stress and for those suffering from anxiety, Beyond Blue has some great advice on coping with anxiety.
Whether you're going to be in a tizz over the Grand Final or are using the long weekend as an excuse to chillax, chances are some calming, de-stressing products will be in order. So we've rounded up 10 of the best calming bath soaks, body moisturisers and face creams so all you need to do is keep calm and breathe. And treat yourself to these!
I’d love to tell you that being stressed doesn’t affected your skin — as if being a great big knotted ball of stress is enough to contend with, right? — but the reality is, it does. In more ways than one. Below are three ways that stress can show itself on your skin, but more importantly, ways that you can combat them.
Dryness: Stress compromises the skin’s lipid barrier, which basically means that it doesn’t hold onto valuable moisture as well as it should. Because of this, be sure to use a super hydrating moisturiser like Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser ($75).
Dullness: You know how you feel lethargic when you’re stressed, as though everything’s an effort? Well that’s essentially how your skin feels, too. The whole cell renewal process takes longer, which means dead skin cells sit on the surface for longer, resulting in a dull appearance. Ensure your skin is looking extra radiant by making sure that you exfoliate every 2-3 days with a scrub such as Neutrogena’s new Deep Clean® Shine Control Daily Scrub ($12.99). And add a touch of liquid illuminator into your foundation for an extra boost. Try St Tropez Skin Illuminator ($29.95).