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No doubt, stress can negatively impact your health, but it doesn’t have to. According to studies, individuals with health conditions such as mental illness, heart disease or other life-threatening ailments are the most susceptible to the debilitating effects of stress. However, people who are considered healthy are not out of the woods either. This article will show you proven ways for staying healthy even when things get stressful.

Statistical Facts about the Impact of Stress on your Health

According to the report from David S. Krantz, PhD, on, “stress is also a catalyst for stroke or heart attack in individuals with undiagnosed heart disease.” But even healthy people can suffer the consequences of stress. In fact, stress has the capacity to expose healthy individuals to health issues by weakening their immune system, and as a result make them more vulnerable to contagious ailments.

According to another medical expert at WebMD, Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD, “attitude plays an important role in tempering the reaction that stress provokes to weaken an individual’s immune system.” In essence, individuals who are drawn more to negative information and pay less attention to the positive would experience more stress, and as a result become more exposed to grave consequences of stress both mentally and physically. Therefore, staying healthy in times of stress starts with your attitude. You should strive to stay optimistic regardless of what is happening around you and the news coming in from around the world.

Relieving Stress to Stay Healthy

In order to cut back stress and desist from the grave consequences of stress on your health, medical professionals have recommended a couple of tips as follows;

  • Try and keep up with a normal routine by creating a working schedule. When you stick to your schedule, you will experience a sense of control that helps you stay calm regardless of all odds.
  • Create time to have fun and do things that appeal to you such as reading, socializing with friends, exercising, or playing with the kids.
  • Take time to connect with those closest to you, those you love – family, friends, people in church, etc. Working on your heart condition is a great way to keep stress at bay.
  • Always take a break from work and stressful events. Restrict your contact and connections to only individuals and things that help you to stay ‘evened out’ in your life.
  • Take part in volunteer activities as this helps to keep you mentally and physically positive and happy.
  • Maintain a healthy diet, replenish through food.
  • Ensure you get plenty sleep every day.

Finally, take good care of yourself by getting a regular medical checkup. And always create time to relax. Staying healthy in times of stress is doable.

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Look After Your Skin This Summer

Every season has its dangers for your skin. Here’s what should you do this summer:

High-Factor Sunscreen Isn’t Optional!

Everyone knows about the dangers of too much sun, but it’s a vital point that can’t be repeated often enough. Not only does sunburn cause short-term problems from pain to peeling, it also toughens and wrinkles your skin over time. And of course, frequent sunburn increases the risk of skin cancer.

Always splash on the sunscreen whenever you’re planning to go outside, even if it’s not particularly sunny. The strong summer sun can still burn through cloud cover, and you also never know when conditions can change and catch you out. If you’re planning on enjoying some beach or pool time, use waterproof sunscreen. And if you’ll be outside for more than half an hour or so, take your sunscreen with you so you can reapply it regularly.

Cover Up

You don’t have to be sunbathing to suffer from too much sun. The harmful rays can be reflected from buildings, cars, and other objects even when you’re in the shade. Protect your face and eyes by wearing a hat and sunglasses, and keep as much of your skin lightly covered as you feel comfortable with. Always wear clothes made from breathable material such as cotton, rather than synthetics which will trap sweat and cause itchiness and rashes.

Emergency Repair

If you do get too much sun, work quickly to remove the heat and limit the damage. Use a cooling moisturizing cream containing aloe vera to start treating any sunburn as soon as you can. Avoid extra sun exposure until the irritation has passed. The longer you leave even mild sunburn, the more chance you have of blistering and peeling.

Protect Your Lips

Your lips are probably the tenderest part of your skin that sees daylight, and summer offers several dangers for them. First, they can burn easily in the hot sun. Second, they can quickly dry out in a warm breeze. Avoid both these problems by using a lip balm with built-in sun protection during the day, and a moisturizing version during the night to prepare them for the next day’s heat.

Stay Hydrated

Summer warmth can leave you dehydrated quicker than you think, and by the time you notice a raging thirst, it’s already too late. Take regular sips of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated, and stop your skin becoming dry and flaky. Importantly, this advice isn’t only for when you’re in the sun. On a hot day, when the air conditioning is working overtime, the dry indoor air is just as much of a problem as the hot, arid outdoors.

Eat Healthy

Summer is a season for salads and other light meals, and luckily this kind of food is exactly what your skin needs to stay healthy. Not only does it provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, it avoids the heavy oils which can leave your complexion greasy and easily irritated by the sun.

Exfoliate Regularly

Hot weather makes it easy for your skin to pick up dust and grime, not to mention the sweat that healthy skin produces in warm conditions. If your pores become clogged, you risk acne outbreaks and pimples. Make sure you exfoliate regularly, using a natural antibacterial scrub containing an essential oil such as lavender.

Go into Moisturizer Overdrive

Lastly, whether your skin is naturally dry or oily, in the summertime you need to step up your use of moisturizer at night. In warmer weather, you probably sleep with lighter blankets and leave more skin exposed. This can dry it out overnight, especially your hands, feet, and face. Use plenty of moisturizer on all these places before sleeping to prevent waking up with dry, flaky skin.

Some people love hot and sunny weather, while others spend the warmer months longing for frosty mornings and roaring fires. But whichever way you feel, if you want to greet fall’s arrival with your skin in great condition, follow these tips to look after it properly throughout the long days of summer.

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