Here Comes the Stress

There are quite a few things which contribute to acne outbreaks—not the least of which is stress.

In the next year, stress is going to be a big part of my life as I prepare for my big day. (It still gives me chills of joy to think that I am really getting married!) I know pimples are going to be a big part of my life as well, in particular if I don’t keep my stress levels in check. In my case stress goes way beyond my soon to be mother-in-law. I’ve got it on two fronts; the stress to my skin and the stress in my head.

Physical Drama

 The weather outside is frightful… and it’s fixing to wreak havoc on my skin for the nest few weeks. The transition from summer to autumn always creates major problems for me. The cold, drier weather will stress my skin. I have to be watchful of the change and adjust my makeup and creams accordingly. I’ll be going on a weekend camping trip to the mountains toward the end of October. I’ll need to bring along ample sunscreen to protect my skin while I am outside for extended periods of time. Just because temperatures grow cooler doesn’t mean sunburn is any less a factor. 

Stress of the Head

 I have a million things to plan for my wedding. I have all this research to do on wedding venues, caterers, honeymoon spots and so on. Add to this my usual worries (I am quite an accomplished worry wart) and I have the prefect recipe for an extended acne outbreak. How do I combat all of this and stay as relaxed and calm as possible? My Aunt Phoebe suggests I make sure I am getting at least 8 good hours of sleep a night.  She also mentioned staying consistent with when I get up each morning and when I go to bed. Sounds like good advice, yes?

 I also have developed a list of things that help me relax when I am stressed.  I posted the list by the mirror in my bathroom. My list includes reading, jogging and chilling with some music. I also am doing my best to eat as healthy as I can to further reduce any physical stress. Meanwhile, I’m going to try out a few new tricks to stay as relaxed—and blemish free—as possible.

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