Are you constantly under pressure?  Is it becoming harder to balance work, relationships, life and self-care?  In honor of April being stress awareness month, I want to share 5 strategies that are great for reducing stress related breakouts.



Many women find it difficult to balance having it all.  How do you manage work, life, marriage, motherhood, friendships, and self-care without feeling overwhelmed?  One day you’re rocking it at the office only to feel you’re neglecting your family or vice versa.  It’s becoming more important for us to set boundaries to decrease stress.  Avoid time wasting activities that sap your precious energy.  Say no to opportunities that steal valuable time away from your day and leave you feeling guilty, depleted, or aggravated.



Practice an attitude of gratitude.  Being grateful for whatever blessings you’ve experienced keeps you from drowning in a pool of pessimism.  Surround yourself with people who will lighten your load.  Your true friends will not only encourage you, but will also offer to lend a hand with a task they see is giving you major grief.  After all, a friend in need is a friend in deed.  Don’t hesitate to pool your resources to get the relief you need.



Get moving!  You’ll feel more upbeat, more positive and more in control.   Also, exercising reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that contributes to acne.   Working out 3-5 times a week is enough to give you great benefits.  Switch your routine so you don’t get bored.  Incorporate stretching, cardio, and weight-resistance into your workout schedule.  Remember, dancing is a fun way to stay healthy, keep stress levels in check, and manage your waistline.



Another way to keep stress in check is to monitor your breathing as you go through your day’s activities.  When our bodies become riddled with anxiety, we have the tendency to either hold our breath or take small, quick breaths.

Breathing in deeply will increase the flow of oxygen to your skin, boosting your complexion’s glow factor.   IDARA HAMPTON

Inhaling deeply also rids the body of harmful toxins.  Every time we exhale we release carbon dioxide.  Take time to go outside and breathe deeply.   Not only is nature calming in itself, it also provides a cleaner source of air than the re-circulated air floating around in offices and schools.



If you’re like most Americans, you aren’t getting 7-8 hours of shut eye every night.  Not only does getting a full night’s sleep make you more alert and energetic, it also has amazing benefits for your skin.  It’s called beauty rest for a reason.

  • Investing in a good night’s sleep reduces cortisol;
  • Getting enough sleep decreases puffy eyes; and
  • Collagen is produced as you sleep, resulting in fewer wrinkles.




Indulge in a good pampering experience every month.  Get a massage or just take a break for an hour or two to get away from your demanding schedule.  Turn off the phone and make it clear to everyone that you are not to be disturbed.  Kick up your feet and focus on relaxing.  Leave any drama outside – don’t worry, it’ll still be waiting for you when you return.

Join the Conversation

My favorite part of doing these posts is engaging in the conversation they start. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

How do you keep cool when life throws you a curve ball?


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