What Is Stress? What Do You Mean It Impacts My Skin?
If you've ever felt nausea out of nowhere, headaches that you disregard as 'stress', pop a Tylenol (hopefully replaced with my CBD Renew Oil), or general fatigue throughout the day -- signs are your body is trying to tell you something. Are you listening?
It's trying to tell you you are stressed. But, we often times blanket stress as too much work going on, we end up thinking we need to cut back our workload in order to stop being stressed. Let me let you in on a little secret Tribe, stress takes on different forms in your body and is caused by different triggers in your environment. Are you listening?
Types of Stress:
Physical stress from overworking your body physically that can show up on your mind. If you have a labor intensive job, do you often find yourself getting migraines or headaches? Odds are you are over-working your body and under-serving your self-care.
How do we fix this? Dedicate time to nourish your mind and body. If you are straining muscles in your neck, arms, or legs, spend extra time using Body Butter to work in those areas. Create time in your schedule for self-care in the form of appreciating your body.
In the last 2 years, especially with Covid, consistently being 'tuned in' to the media will cause Media Fatigue. We don't realize how passive information always playing in the background is digested and absorb by our body and mind.
How do we fix this? Allow yourself time blocks for when you will tune in and out of the news. Before bed is NOT the time for information overload from negative news. Allow nighttime to be your time for gratitude and peace.
FOMO: Fear of Missing Out
Knowing who is in your circle and who is your REAL friend is incredibly important. If you struggle with wishful thinking of "I wish I was there" or even worse, doubts of the community around you, you will over work your mind and result in stress.
How do we fix this? Audit your community. Who are those people you consider your inner circle? Are these people you can address this issue with? Who are your energy reciprocators? Write this down.
Detachment and Disassociation
Believe it or not, feeling detached from a situation can cause you stress. This is often a side that your mind is going into 'overdrive' and isn't able to address the situation at hand. Have you ever felt like you can't find your keys, and now you forgot the task you were working on, and are overwhelmed thinking about when you need to get groceries but the original issue has been forgotten? Consider this form of stress as your disassociation.
How do we fix this? Notice what you're noticing. If you start to see yourself pull away from an original situation and feeling overwhelmed by the daily nature of life, remind yourself you've been here before and take notice of it. Once you have been able to label the thought, write it down. Write down the feeling, what you see on your to do list for the next few hours, or days, and then take 4-5 deep breaths. Remind yourself, you are capable.
Spend time journaling. Many of our tips include journalling or noticing your feelings. Put aside dedicated time to jot down your dreams and thoughts. Journal to dig deep into your feelings and thoughts. Make it a space on paper that is your own without self-judgement. Some opt for an online word-doc journal, some love to free-form write on lined papers in a folder. Do what works for you!
Situational Stress (Finance, Work, Relationships)
The most common type of stress. Whether it is over your next credit card statement, a manager that is driving you crazy, or a boyfriend that is getting on your last nerve, this type of daily stress can seriously impact your body and mind. Not only has this shown signs of breakouts, thinning hair, dull and drying skin, or excess oil production, but it also impacts the way you positively affirm your day and life.
How do we fix this? Audit your pain points. Often we are able to pull out the symptom of stress but cannot articulate what is the cause. Is it something you are able to fix or do you feel it is the situation in control? If it is the situation, is there something you can do for yourself that is healthy in this moment? Break down each stress in this format and see how it works for you.
How Can You De-Stress?
Spend more time on your skincare routine. Allow this to be your form of self-love, self-expression, and full control. Our best products with essential oils to help you to de-stress:
- Vegan Body Scrub - Scents of Lavender
- Vegan Body Butter - Scents of Lavender
- Heiwa Soap - Scents of Eucalyptus
- Gua Sha - Address pressure points
Spend time with nature. Allow yourself to go outside for 20-30 minutes for walks, to spend time when there is sun outside, or to walk barefoot in the grass. Pro tip: do not take your phone with you during this time
Spend time journaling. Many of our tips include journalling or noticing your feelings. Put aside a dedicated dream and thoughts journal to dive into your feelings. Make it a space on paper that is your own without self-judgement. Some opt for an online word-doc journal, some love to free-form write on lined papers in a folder. Do what works for you!
About the Author:
A. Kumar is a passionate Health and Wellness Advocate as well as Donata's Marketing Manager.