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Managing Stress - Mind Body Stress Skin Connection!
by Jen Flanagan
At Garden of Wisdom we have been mentioning to our customers for quite some time about the connection between skin issues and the mind. Emotional and mental stress sets off a chemical cascade reaction in the body that can and does affect the skin in deeply profound ways. We have seen our customers use the best routines possible with the best products and not have full success with their skin until they addressed the emotional/psychological component of their situation. Diet plays a role as well, but for the purposes of this article we will focus on the emotional/psychological component.  
When we first started mentioning this to customers, there were not many studies done. The last 9-10 years we were going purely by our experiences/conversations with our customers. We feel this is pretty powerful anecdotal evidence in itself.

However, it came with great excitement that new evidence now suggests our mindset can indeed play a huge role in skin health. There is a new field of study that reflects this called Psychodermatology.  

From an article on Web MD - "Psychodermatogy is a field that addresses the impact of an individual's emotion as it relates to the skin," says Karen Mallin, PsyD, an instructor in the departments of psychiatry & behavioral sciences and dermatology & cutaneous surgery of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami."  

What the experts and studies are finding that the mind has a direct connection to your skin via neurotransmitters and neuroimmunoendocrine circuitry. People are realizing that the psychological aspect is something we should really be looking into ourselves.  

Here are some ways to help manage and minimizing stress
  • Look into herbs and supplements that can help - such as Ashwaghanda, and B Complex.
  • Relaxation techniques such as walking in nature, meditation, and even exercising or walking regularly can help!
  • Gratitude - Journal things you're grateful about - having this mindset can really change your outlook.
  • Find a hobby or a craft that helps to take yourself out of your mind and into your heart.
  • Make sure to take breaks for yourself. Running ourselves into the ground makes it harder to manage other things in our lives.
  • Listen to something you find humorous! Laughter is the best medicine!
  • Go to your favorite outdoor location! Getting out into nature can really help us reset.
  • Unplug from the internet! Sometimes giving ourselves a break from the internet.
  • Make sure to get enough rest/sleep and eat well! Heavier food items can really take a toll on our energy levels as it gives our bodies more to process.
These are just a handful of ideas! What are your own ways you unplug and de-stress?

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