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12 10 2021

Tips on Managing Holiday Stress




The holidays are a time for family gatherings, but they can be stressful when juggling all of the festivities. Medical Aesthetic Center in New Jersey offers tips on how to manage holiday stress.

Reasons Why You May Stress Out During Holidays?
1. The Holidays trigger memories of special loved ones who have passed away. Memories can be both wonderful and painful.
2. The increased demands placed on you during holiday time due to work, school, volunteer activities, extended family obligations, and social events all contribute to your stress level.

3. Holiday expenses can take a toll on your bank account, leading to financial stress. The pressure of creating the perfect holiday meal or event for your families and friends has many people stressed about cooking and hosting tasks.

4. Family expectations may cause you much anxiety as you feel the need to make this season "perfect" for everyone in order not to disappoint or upset those you love most.

How Stress Affects Your Skin?
Stress affects not only your emotions but can affect your appearance. That's because when you're stressed, you produce hormones that trigger the release of oil from the skin's sebaceous glands. This excess oil gets trapped in pores, leading to blemishes like blackheads and whiteheads and creating an environment where acne-causing bacteria can thrive. As a result, many people are left with red skin, often mistaken for skin conditions such as rosacea or eczema.
5 Tips On Managing Holiday Stress
1. Mantra/affirmation
The holidays can be difficult, but it's important to remember that you are not alone. Repeat an affirmation or mantra to yourself throughout the day to help keep your stress level in check. Some examples include "I am strong," "I am capable," and "I am loved".
2. Exercise
Exercise is good for you all year round, but it's especially helpful during stressful times. It releases feel-good hormones called endorphins and increases blood flow, improving skin health. You don't have to train for a marathon or do CrossFit; simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking around the mall before holiday shopping, or taking a bike ride to meet a friend for lunch can help keep your stress levels in check.
3. Healthy Diet
Eating healthy is important during the holidays. This doesn't mean you have to eat rabbit food all day; just remember that moderation is key! Focus on eating lots of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods and sugary snacks, which can cause a blood sugar spike and subsequent crash that will only add to your stress level.
4. Get Enough Sleep
It's easy to let your sleep schedule go off track during the holidays, but getting adequate sleep is key to keeping your stress level in check. Most people need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. If you're having trouble winding down, try reading or taking a bath before bed.
5. Take a Break
When all else fails, take a break! Step away from the stove, put down the gift wrap, and take a few minutes for yourself. Relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, or even a quick nap can help refresh your mind and rejuvenate your spirit.
Treatments For Stress Relief 1. Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment that uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin. This treatment can help to improve the appearance of blemishes, redness, and uneven skin tone caused by stress.
2. Chemical Peel
Chemical peels are another type of resurfacing treatment that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots, which are a common result of stress.
3. LED Therapy
LED (light-emitting diode) therapy is a non-invasive skincare technology that uses colored light to treat various skin conditions. LED therapy can help to reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation caused by stress.
4. Laser Genesis
Laser Genesis is a laser treatment used to improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. This treatment can help to reduce the visible effects of stress on the skin.
5. HydraFacial
The HydraFacial is a non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment that uses the power of hyaluronic acid to help improve the visible effects of stress on the skin. This treatment can help reduce fine lines, uneven skin tone, and inflammation caused by stress.
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