Stress and your image

Are you stressed out? Me too!

We all know that women deal with stress differently than men. Chronic stress floods the body with hormones that can have an adverse effect. Stress causes all kinds of diseases and ailments. Some women try and cope, but when we can’t some of us eat more, some eat less, some take up unhealthy habits like smoking or excessive drinking in an effort to deal with the situations we are experiencing. Undoubtedly, through out time, this takes a mental and emotional toll, but it can also wreak havoc on the way you look. Stress can cause premature aging, dark circles, sudden weight gain or loss, hair loss, breakouts, etc. Even if you are dealing with some stress, you don’t want it to manifest itself physically so everyone can see what you are going through.

Throughout the years women have fought so hard to become liberated that now we just end up doing it all, trying to be super women. The first step in de-stressing is learning to say no. Say it with me….N O. When you feel overwhelmed and someone tries to pile one more thing on you, just politely decline. As women it’s in our nature to be nurturing and caring.  We try and be all things to all people but it’s just not physically possible, so stop trying.

I know some of y’all are like saying no is great, but what about the stress you cant just say no to like financial issues, situations at work, taking care of children or family members, etc.  Here are a few things that I’ve been working on lately that I hope might help you.

#1 Put yourself first

I don’t mean neglect your other responsibilities, but take a little me time every day. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, but find something that you like and do it every day. It’s just one way to look out for #1, you. I mean, how are supposed to take care of everyone else if you don’t take care of yourself? Think about it.

#2 Power of positive thinking

I have to admit I really struggle with this one, I’m a realist/ pessimist and I usually see the worst, but at least attempting to think positively helps. I try and visualize the end of my stressful situation and how much better I will  feel when everything is great again, that helps.

#3 Diet and Exercise

I know you have heard this one before, but it really makes a difference. The foods you eat really affect your mood. There is scientific proof to back it up! And besides sex, exercise is the most effective and constructive way to release stress. Try it. Go to a kick boxing class and take your stress out imaging you are kicking someones ass, then go eat a something healthy.

#4 Talk it out

Women, we love to talk so try and talk through your situation with someone. It helps just for someone to listen. If you are going through some really personal issues that you don’t want to share with your friends or significant other (which I highly recommend) try sharing with a family member you trust. At least you  know they won’t go tell your business to everyone.

#5 Have a drink (my favorite)

Ok, although this is not terribly scientific but try having  a glass of red wine. 1 glass, not 4. Red wine has beneficial properties like antioxidants, reducing coronary artery disease and maintaining the immune system. Usually, I wouldn’t encourage people to drink, but one glass may help relax you after a particularly stressful day. Just don’t be an alcoholic, ok?

Try one or all of these tips and you will most likely see an improvement in your attitude and physical appearance. Remember, the mental affects your physical. So take care.

2 Responses to “Stress and your image”
  1. I like this post! This is definitely needed on a day like today! Thanks!

  2. imagemaven says:

    You’re welcome! This have been particularly stressful lately, just trying to pass on a few tips

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