No matter how much we try to avoid it, we all have had to deal with stress at some point in our lives. In fact, many of us deal with it on a daily basis. Depending on your work and lifestyle, stress and anxiety can be a daily occurrence that you have just learned to accept and ignore. However, ignoring stress does not make it go away and the longer we ignore it, the more it affects us. And not only does it affect our minds and body, it can also make you look older.
Lack of Sleep
Anxiety and stress can cause lack of sleep and this causes all kinds of problems both physically and mentally. In fact, the lack of sleep can cause under eye puffiness, dark circles under your eyes, and a general feeling of even more anxiety. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body does not have time to recuperate and heal from all the things we put it through on a daily basis. We need at least eight hours of sleep per night to rejuvenate and when we don’t get that, it just compounds the problem. If you have puffy eyes or dark circles, try holding the back of a cold spoon under your eyelid and rubbing it around to get the blood flowing and fluid draining from that area. You can also try using face creams and concealer.
Certain Facial Expressions
Are you constantly frowning or furrowing your brows? Maybe you purse your lips or sneer when you are thinking about something that stresses you out. These and other kinds of facial expressions can cause deeper wrinkles and lines in your face that make you look older. Be mindful of what your face is doing when you are working or thinking about something that you know is making you anxious. Look in the mirror and see what your face looks like when you make these expressions. If you see lines or wrinkles due to these expressions, you need to consciously soften your look to release the wrinkles before they become permanent. It may take some time and thought, but if you stay on top of it, you can reduce those wrinkles without reducing the stress.
Get Rid of Stress However You Can
However, it is best if you try to reduce your stress and anxiety. Stress can even cause hair loss, acne, and changes in your skin texture. This is due to the increase in cortisol and other stress hormones that flood your system when you are anxious. So, get rid of that stress. If not just for your looks, then for your mental and physical health. Studies show that people with frequent anxiety are more susceptible to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer. So, getting rid of some of that stress is worth it for your mental health. But if you are having a hard time ditching the stress, it may help you to talk to a professional. You don’t even need to make an appointment or leave the house because with online therapy you can talk to your therapist anytime you want from anywhere you want.
This is a guest post written by Marie Miguel.
Marie Miguel Biography
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.