September often brings many new changes to our lives. Older children head off to college. Younger children go back to school. Things pick up at work. It’s usually a hectic month. And it can be difficult to deal with all the stress that comes with the post-summer blues but managing your stress level is critical to both your physical and mental health.
Tips to Reduce Stress
When working to reduce stress, it’s important to stay away from various vices that may help you cope temporarily, but will have negative long-term effects. These include smoking, excessive drinking, overeating, under-eating, or violence. Replace those habits with healthier activities – running, singing, or poetry to name a few.
According to Dr. Susan Gannon at The Plastic Surgery Group in Albany, another great method to managing stress is to adopt a healthier overall lifestyle. Start eating better foods, fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly. A common stress reliever is sports, aerobics or tennis for example. From a mental standpoint, learn to accept things that are out of your control. And of course, make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. That relaxation time to rest your body and mind is critical to your health.
Effects of Stress on Skin & Aging
Stress can take a heavy toll on your skin and speed up your physical signs of aging. In honor of September’s Healthy Aging Month, start taking a more proactive role in managing your stress level and keeping yourself healthy. What are some healthy ways that you help reduce stress in your life? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.