5 Simple Tips to Ward Off the Signs of Aging:
Here's something that many don't always think of right away as being a reason behind the signs of aging: stress. In fact, this has become a growing issue for many individuals and has created the need for an entirely new scientific field devoted to it, called psychodermatology. This is the study of human emotions and the effects that they have on a person's skin. Basically, these professionals study how the mind & skin are connected to one another- on various levels.
Ever noticed that you suddenly got a blemish or breakout seemingly overnight, before a big event-like a date, exam, or interview? This is due in part, to the increased cortisol levels that occur when we are stressed out- your body releases these hormones as a response mechanism to deal with the anxiety :/
So what's the way around this?! We all get stressed and with our busy lives today- it's no wonder! But there are a few simple things you can do in your daily life, that will lower your overall stress levels and keep your body & skin feeling....AND looking great! :) Check them out below!
- Take a relaxing nature walk with a friend. This sounds super simple, but it works for several reasons: firstly, you are spending time with a friend and secondly, you are doing something relaxing together. It's also been proven that being around nature itself and the colors of green for example, have all been found to lower cortisol & stress levels.
- At least times a week, take at least 15-30 minutes on ea. of your chosen, pre-planned days and do some light exercise. Yoga is a great example and doesn't require expert technique to get in shape! It's been shown that regular exercise will promote clearer skin and a healthier, more energized body too.
- Avoid foods and drinks that can cause you more issues than they are worth. There are even some out there can aggravate or even trigger stress! Skip out on the energy drinks, tea, coffee, carbonated beverages, & alcohol. When it comes to food, it's best to leave out fasts food meals, food high in sugars, butter, or cheese; meat, shellfish, almonds, and other nuts have been known to encourage anxiety/stress as well.
- Once a week, pick a night that's reserved for yourself- even if it's just 15-20 mins. of "quiet time" and set up a nice, hot soaking bath. Add in some natural bath sea salts and/essential oils like Lavender, Chamomile, or Rose are great for relieving stress naturally :) Throw in some of your fav tunes at a low volume in the background or some candles for added atmosphere and relaxation.
- Pick a fav new pastime or hobby that you'd like to try or perhaps something you sorely just miss doing. At least once at the beginning and one time at the end of the week, pick a nice relaxing corner or quiet spot in your home to sit down and work a bit on your chosen activity [hobby]. Try: jewelry-making/beading, blogging or writing, art work or drawing/painting.....For example, I recently started working on an inkspirations for women book from Marci Shimoff. *Find out more about this awesome book below!
The Beauty Closet Recommends:
inkspirations for women
by Marci Shimoff
by Judy Clement Wall
*amazon.com pricing w/out shipping!
When I was a little girl, I often loved sitting with my younger sister on evenings and grabbing some coloring books. She and I acquired quite a collection over the years and it became a fun past-time for us to do together. As a grown woman, I look back at these times that we enjoyed this activity and I can easily picture how relaxed & stress-free I felt :) I thought that with all of the stress that I've been going through lately with my impending graduation in a couple of weeks and my entry into grad school over the summer, that it would be nice to find a relaxing past-time.
Because I work in the IT Networking field and also run my own blog, I spend a lot of time on the computer- probably a bit too much time. I knew I needed something different, that would take me away from the computer! That's when I thought of the times that my sister and I used to spend with our coloring books and knew immediately that it was a perfect fit for what I was looking for :) There's a drawback to this as I quickly found out however...if you're an adult, it's a tad harder locating a "grown-up" version! Luckily though, Marci Shimoff comes to the rescue with this fantastic book- inkspirations for women.
There are 30 beautiful and unique designs that are perfect for putting your own touches in with markers, colored pencils, and whatever else you can think of :) I especially like the guide at the beginning from the author, that describes coloring tips & tools and a color wheel that explains each type of color in detail. The meaning of colors and imagery, in addition to "harmony how-to's" are also included; these go into detail about each color and how it's associated with certain emotions or feelings.
The last couple of pages in the introduction section of the book- as well as the inside cover, include submitted & completed artwork by others. Each coloring page has a quote or motivating saying that is encouraging and uplifting. A few of the pages have some very beautiful Mandalas that are quite intricate and these are my fav's out of the entire book. If you would like to learn how to make you own Mandala, there's a guide at the very back of the book as well and it gives a decent 6-step detailed instructions on how to complete one :) All in all, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up liking this and for under $9, it's a great price for hours of relaxation and enjoyment.
Where You Can Get It:
*snag this @ Amazon with FREE one-day shipping if you're a PRIME member!