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How Negative Thoughts and Emotions Affect Our Skin (+ 6 Tips To Change That)

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All processes in our body are controlled by the nervous system. At the same time, the strongest bonds connect it with the skin, since they are the real embryological twins. Let us explain what this means. During the development of the embryo, the spinal cord and brain, peripheral nerves and epidermis are created from one material — the ectoderm, the outer germ layer of the embryo. And then these systems exchange a never-ending stream of messages for your whole life.

 

The relationship between the state of mind and skin

 

In dermatology, there is a section of psycho dermatology — a discipline at the junction with psychology. It studies the connection between skin conditions and our emotional background. And this is not surprising: the condition of the skin directly depends on the psyche.

 

The effects of stress

 

It is known, for example, that stress can worsen the course of such skin diseases like  dermatitis, psoriasis, etc. And, conversely, skin diseases, during which acne, irritation, dryness are observed, can cause severe stress. In addition, stress negatively affects healthy skin.

 

Some scientific works have proved that on the background of stress, the permeability of the skin barrier is disturbed, i.e. the main functions of the skin — barrier and protective — deteriorate.

Glucocorticoids, produced under stress, reduce the rate of lipid formation, depleting the hydrolipid mantle.

There is evidence that stress can also cause pigmentation disorders.

 

The complexion changes

 

Bad news, a quarrel, an unjust reproach, fatigue — and then the fresh, radiant face suddenly became grey and dull. All these, as well as insomnia, are stress factors, during which the release of the hormones catecholamines occurs. Peripheral vessels and skin capillaries are narrowed, blood and nutrient supply is reduced, so the skin turns pale and you get dark circles under the eyes.

 

Puffiness

 

Another vivid example of stress is a violation of the outflow of fluid, manifested by a slight swelling of the subcutaneous fatty tissue. And now there is swelling and pastiness, which, by the way, may not appear immediately, but after some time.

 

Reduced skin firmness

 

Many people note that against the background of stress, the skin loses its tone and elasticity. The face seems to be ageing, the skin looks flabby and lifeless. Violation of micro circulation inevitably affects its elasticity. But the decrease in tone is also associated with a general change in the tone of the muscles of the face and fibres of the connective tissue — they lose their readiness to contract.

 

Acne

 

Stress hormones trigger acne, and the appearance of imperfections on the face makes you nervous and aggravates the problem.

 

Increased skin sensitivity

 

The reverse side of stress is the development of dryness and hypersensitivity of the skin because of the fatigue and nervous shocks. This is due to an increased level of cortisol, which entails a disruption in lipid synthesis in the epidermis.

 

Symptoms of sensitive skin such as itching and tightness may become more pronounced with stress. But as soon as the situation returns to normal and there are no reasons for negative feelings, these phenomena will completely disappear.

 

How to improve your skin? Here are a few advices:

 

  1. If you are wondering how to improve your skin, restore its elasticity and radiance, then the first thing to do is to revise your diet. Those whose menu is based on fast food, fatty and heavy foods should change their habits right now. If your diet is balanced, has a lot of greens, fibre and other natural products, then you can periodically arrange cheating days for yourself. Just don’t turn them into cheating weeks or months.

 

  1. Take vitamin complexes, especially in winter and spring. It is very important that the body does not have a deficiency of vitamins A, B, C, as well as other essential substances;

 

  1. Don’t neglect proper skincare. Carry out an audit on the shelf, throw away all expired funds, as well as those that are not suitable for your skin type;

 

  1. It would be nice to fall in love with sports. Active movement improves the supply of oxygen to the body, so choose an activity that you like and go ahead. If you don’t want to go to the gym, walking in the evenings or yoga are a great choice too.

 

  1. Drink the right drinks. If you do not know how to improve your skin condition, train yourself to drink a healthy liquid. Eliminate strong drinks, soda, dairy drinks and alcohol from the diet. You can safely drink green tea, it is rich in iodine and has a lot of benefits and not only for your skin.

 

  1. Don’t forget that if you have a serious skin condition, such as dermatitis or psoriasis, none of the advice above will make them disappear, you should always seek professional help. Green Square Dermatology can help you with your treatment, education and ongoing prevention of serious conditions.

 

Conclusion

 

A look may not be the most important thing in the word, but your health certainly is. Don’t treat your organism and skin like they are not a part of you. You can always try your best to avoid all the negative situations and emotions and with following the tips we gave you, you will always look gorgeous, fresh and healthy!

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You can include this bio if you like: Nina is a blogger, yoga aficionado and healthy lifestyle enthusiast. She’s passionate about learning new things and sharing meaningful ideas. If you wanna see what she’s up to you can find her on twitter

How Positivity Can Improve Our Physical Health

How Positivity Can Improve Our Physical Health

by Patrick Bailey

The connection between mental health and physical health isn’t something we hear a lot about in today’s fast-paced world but the proof is there. How we think affects how we feel. Even the random thoughts that float around in our heads have an impact. When these thoughts are positive we stand to benefit in more ways than one. Positive thinking and health are closely linked and it doesn’t take make to incorporate positivity into your daily life.

Can Thoughts and Emotions Affect Your Physical Health?

Most everyone knows what it feels like to be angry or even furious. While anger is an emotion, it also comes out in the body. Your heart rate increases, your muscles tighten, and your breathing changes. These physical expressions can take a toll on your health if they happen often.

Negativity develops out of patterns of thinking and feeling that work against your well-being. When left unchecked, chronic stress is the result. Chronic stress has damaging effects on the body’s systems, disrupting your hormone balance, weakening your immune system, and depleting the “feel-good” chemicals your brain uses to promote happiness. While negative attitudes and feelings can tear down the body’s health, the flip-side is also true. The relationship between positive thinking and health is just as strong.

The Many Layers of Positivity

A happy, worry-free state of mind about sums up positivity but there are some underlying layers that make this mindset possible. In a nutshell, positivity is a belief system that determines how you see yourself and the world around you. While this may sound like a “head-in-the-clouds” perspective, it has more to do with how you perceive life’s situations (both good and bad) and you react to them.

Another layer of positivity to consider has to do with self-talk or that seemingly random stream of thoughts that runs through your head throughout the day. If negative thoughts populate most of your inner chatter, it can be really hard to choose, let alone maintain, a positive outlook. Much like the effects of negativity on your health, the power of positive thinking is real.

Ways Positivity Can Improve Your Physical Health

Positivity Effects on Emotional Well-Being

Numerous studies have examined the link between a positive attitude and health. One particular study conducted by the University of San Francisco worked with people living with H.I.V. infection. Study participants were instructed to incorporate daily practices that were specifically designed to promote positive emotions. Daily practices included things like building a healthy social support network, paying more attention to the good things in their lives, and fostering behaviors that promote good health, such as eating right and getting proper rest. Results from the study showed the participants were less likely to need antidepressants to cope with their illness.

Positivity Effects on Aging

The effects of chronic stress reach all the down into our DNA, shortening DNA telomeres. Telomeres are the “end caps” on DNA molecules and they gradually shorten with age. With shorter telomeres, the body’s cells deteriorate and die off, which is what happens as the body ages. These cells are also more prone to becoming cancerous. The link between positive thinking and health can have a significant impact on telomere health along with other lifestyle improvements, such as regular exercise and healthy eating.

Positivity Effects in Addiction Recovery

Traditional approaches in addiction recovery place a heavy emphasis on positive attitude and health as can be seen in the central role support therapies play in helping individuals build drug-free lifestyles. Drug and alcohol rehab programs, across the board, understand the crucial role destructive thinking patterns play in driving substance abuse. Replacing this mindset with one that views and approaches self and daily life circumstances from a productive standpoint is an ongoing theme in the addiction recovery process.

Tips on How to Stay Positive

You can see the power of positive thinking at work in your life by making a few tweaks in your thinking and overall approach to daily life. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk
  • Look for the humor in daily life events and laugh as often as possible
  • Identify the “negative” areas of your life and focus on seeing the positive in each area
  • Spend time with positive people

While developing positivity doesn’t typically happen overnight, it can be done when you’re intentional about it. Making positivity and health work to your advantage can go a long way towards enhancing your quality of life.

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Author Bio: Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.

Website / Blog URL: http://patrickbaileys.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pat_Bailey80

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-bailey-writer

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1 – University of Minnesota, “How Do Thoughts and Emotions Affect Health?”

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-do-thoughts-and-emotions-affect-health

2 – The University of San Francisco, “Randomized Controlled Trial of a Positive Affect Intervention to Reduce Stress in People Newly Diagnosed with HIV; Protocol and Design for theIRISS Study”

http://repository.usfca.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1030&context=soe_fac

3 – Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, “Telomeres, Lifestyle, Cancer, and Aging”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3370421/

4 – National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Alcohol, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Nicotine)”

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral-therapies/cognitive-behavioral-therapy

5 – Sunshine Behavioral Health, Inpatient Alcohol Rehab Options”

https://www.sunshinebehavioralhealth.com/alcohol-addiction/alcohol-rehab/

 

 

 

How To Embrace the New Normal Based on Your Myers-Briggs Personality

 

With everything going on in the world recently, it can be difficult to remain positive. The pandemic has impacted all of our lives in a way we couldn’t have imagined when ringing in the new decade. All the plans you made, whether that be traveling, hitting the gym every day or spending less time binge watching TV were affected by this worldwide crisis. So while nothing seems to be certain these days, we know for sure that everyone is affected. In fact, a recent poll showed that 72% of Americans felt their lives have been disrupted to at least some degree.

 

The internet is full of great resources and tips to stay active and remain positive while working from home and sheltering in place but what works for your favorite blogger or YouTuber may not necessarily work for you! That’s why FTD created a helpful visual that illustrates how each personality type according to Myers-Briggs deals with uncertainty.

 

The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, and consists of eight traits:

 

  • Extraversion (E) vs. Introversion (I)
  • Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)
  • Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
  • Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

 

The test asks simple questions about your personality to see how you score on each of these four scales. Your personality type is then defined by the traits you scored higher on and is made up by four letters (f.ex. ENFP). There are a total of 16 different personality types that can further be combined into four groups that share specific traits: Analysts, Diplomats, Sentinels and Explorers.

 

You can take the free MBTI test here, it only takes about 12 minutes and can give you a deeper understanding of your personality. When you have the results of your test, come back and check out how you can embrace the “new normal” so you can feel more confident making it through this year.

 

Embrace The New Normal

Give Yourself a Break

I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection lately. Self-reflection is good, too much – not so good! I’ve not been happy with who I am as a person lately. I’ve been dealing with some serious health issues, and I’ve allowed them, and the thoughts of them, to overwhelm me. I was finally coming to grips with everything and then covid-19 hit, and I went from being a teacher in a school, to teaching from my bedroom online, while my daughter worked in the living room and my son in his bedroom.

It was a huge struggle, we had exactly one week to take everything we were doing in a classroom and get it online. We didn’t do well and the kids didn’t do well. I was working from 7:00 in the morning, until 11:00 – 12:00 at night, trying to connect with kids, and it’s continued into this summer. It’s made me realize something. Taking time for me isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity. It’s a necessity for all of us. And the way that time looks is going to be different for everybody, and that’s okay. We’re all different, our “me” time should be different as well.

So take some time for yourself. It doesn’t have to be hours, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were! I know our initial impulse is to give our all to the things that we do, work, play, friends and family. But if you keep giving your all and don’t take time for you, you’re going to crash and burn. Don’t do that to yourself. Take the time for you to indulge in a hobby, or even just to sit and do nothing. You’ll be better off in the long run!

Don’t Let COVID-19 Keep You from Your Yoga Practice

Today’s guest post is from Sheila Johnson, author and founder at Well Sheila.  Read her amazing post and be sure and check out her great website!

 

Don’t Let COVID-19 Keep You from Your Yoga Practice

 

If you’ve been self-isolating for some time, you may have found that many of your normal routines have gone out the window. But your yoga habits are not something you should toss so easily. Practicing yoga is a great way to stay healthy and sane in what is ostensibly the most stressful time in our lives as a whole since 2001. Unfortunately, online classes cost money, and if your hours have been cut or you’ve experienced layoffs, that might be in short supply.

 

Never fear, however, because there are plenty of ways to fit your yoga routine into your day without watching your savings dwindle away. Here’s how:

 

Get comfortable.

 

The most important aspect of your at-home yoga practice is having the right space. This doesn’t have to be an entire room, and even a small corner is enough if you set it up correctly. One thing you do need is peace and quiet. This can be tough if you have a house full of children or your spouse is also working from home. In this case, it might be best to think outside of the proverbial box and outfit your garage or shed with your yoga gear.

 

Gear up.

 

Speaking of yoga gear, now is the perfect time to review what you do and don’t have. An effective home yoga studio should have at least a mat, as well as props like blocks and a yoga strap. You’ll also want to check the closet to ensure that you have comfortable, form-fitting clothing so you don’t feel constricted. Even if you don’t have any of this handy, everybody’s favorite store, Target, of course, has everything you need to get started without breaking the bank. And, if you are still uncomfortable going out into the public, Target offers free shipping on $35 or more purchases. What’s more, according to these Target savings tips, you can also save money by shopping Top Deals and browsing through their weekly sales.

 

Learn to meditate.

 

Meditation and yoga go hand in hand, and as Think Positive 30 explains, there are many health benefits. But the former is often more difficult to master than the latter. Surprisingly, although meditation is a time when you’re supposed to disconnect, technology may actually be your greatest ally here. You can use free or inexpensive meditation apps – Women’s Health likes HeadSpace, Calm, and a handful of others – to get yourself in the right mindset to relax.

 

Know how to stay safe.

 

Keeping yourself safe when doing yoga outside of the classroom setting means listening to your body. Don’t overdo it, and, if you haven’t practiced in a while, be gentle with yourself. While you should certainly try to give yourself new challenges each day, if you get to a point where you feel worse after than you did before, you’ll be doing yourself more harm than good. When your goal is to save money, the last thing you want is to have to pay for expensive doctor visits because you threw your back out trying to progress too fast without guidance.

 

Becoming the master of your own yoga domain is empowering to say the least. And it’s an excellent opportunity to break away from the monotony of quarantine. Don’t buy into the notion that you have to funnel hundreds of dollars and countless hours into designing your own home studio. All you really need is a quiet corner and the willingness to ease into a new routine and treat your mind and body with respect.

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Social Distancing Does NOT Mean Social Isolation

Hi Everyone,

This has been a trying time for everybody.  We are social distancing and for some, it’s turning into social isolation.  It’s a lesson we all need to learn.  social distancing does not mean social isolation.  But as I said, this is a very trying time, and we are all trying to navigate the uncharted waters of Covid-19.

As I have mentioned before, I’m a teacher, and with schools closed, we’ve shifted to an online model and it hasn’t been easy.  I literally find myself working and interacting with kids all hours of the day – and night.  Yes, I get text messages and emails whenever the kids decide to work.  I’ve received messages as late (or as early depending on your perspective) as 2:42 in the morning!  Working from home is a time management and time balancing act I am ill-prepared to manage.  It’s killing me because if ever there was a time for thinking positive, it’s now!

There are four people in my house, so I am not socially isolated, but in a way I am.  Looking at the same faces day in and day out can be a struggle, I am learning, and no amount of positive thinking can take away the irritation that can build when you are in that situation.  I think the best option any of us have right now is to go outside and get moving.  Go for a short walk, even if it’s to the end of your driveway.  If you can manage to set it up, go work out on your back deck for a while.  Go for a walk in the rain (that’s my plan today).  Wave to your neighbors from your porch.  Skype or Facetime your friends and family.

Social distancing does not mean social isolation – we are not in solitary confinement, and seeing a new/different face, even if it is from six feet apart, can make a huge difference. I went up to one of our local trails to walk and I saw my hair stylist in the parking lot!  It was so nice to see someone that wasn’t a family member and talk to somebody that wasn’t affiliated with work  By the way, can I tell you how much I hate zoom meetings!!!!  And this weekend, my kids karate instructors brought their family up to wave to my kids from the car.  Little things like that make all the difference in the world.

If you’re struggling seeing the same faces and the same four walls, you have the power to do something about that. Social distancing does not mean social isolation.  Go for a drive, pull up to a friend’s house and wave.  Go for a walk around your neighborhood and wave and say hi to your neighbors.  Check on your elderly neighbors and those you know have underlying health conditions.  Reach out to them and make sure they’re okay and see if they need anything.

This is a trying time for all of us but as they keep reminding us, we’re all in this together, and together we’ll get through it, and I think we’re going to come out stronger on the other side.

Now is the Time to Think Positive – Free Book

Hi Everyone,

I know our world is in a huge kerfluffle right now.  This virus – Covid 19 is serious.  People all over the world are getting sick, and people are dying.  We’re social distancing, quarantining as needed, and in some cases going into shelter in place.  It’s scary, it’s depressing, it’s overwhelming and it’s very negative.  My school will start remote teaching/learning on Monday and everybody’s stress level is through the roof.  I can only imagine that it’s like that pretty much everywhere for all sorts of different reasons.

During this time, it’s so easy to fall into negative, defeatist thinking, but that’s the last thing we want to do!  The goal is to remain as upbeat and positive as possible.  I want to do my part to help you.  I’m making the ebook version of Thinking Positive: Take the Journey into Positivity free on Amazon.  It’s free, starting tomorrow, for the next 5 days, so if you don’t have a copy yet, now is your chance to download it for free.  I’m hoping to get the companion Book The Thinking Positive Toolbox ready for publication in the next week to help people remain positive in this very trying time.

We all need to work together – at an appropriate social distance of course.  Check with your older neighbors and see if you can do their grocery shopping.   Don’t hoard the toilet paper people, we all have to go, and really, we’re not going to run out of food, so you don’t need to buy all the cans of chili in the grocery store.  Be kind to one another and help each other out.  Stay healthy and Think Positive

Positive Practices for a Productive Commute 

Positive Practices for a Productive Commute

With rush hour traffic, projects waiting for us at our desks and an overall busy homelife, we rarely think of our mornings as relaxing. To make things worse, we often get to work only to have to deal with awful mental blocks or that nagging feeling that we’re wasting time on menial tasks –– you know, those times where you feel like you’ve done so much yet accomplished nothing? Well, a hectic and stressful morning routine can be the culprit to this unhealthy cycle.

 

According to a recent survey by Car Rentals on morning commute practices, a busy and stressful commute can hinder our focus and productivity at work. The survey found that nearly 40% of people ages 18-24 think about work on their way to and from work. This inability to disconnect can not only lead to mental blocks and added stress, but can also cause us to feel burnt out.

 

If your morning commutes are often jammed packed and hectic, perhaps incorporating a few new healthy morning practices can help you better organize, compartmentalize and decompress before getting to work and back home. Below are some simple practices you can implement aimed to reset your mind, help boost your productivity at work and hopefully encourage you to improve your work-life balance.

9 Power Napping Tips for Boosted Productivity and Positivity

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Looking on the Bright Side

Most of you know, I’m a HUGE proponent of looking on the bright side of things.  I am always looking for the good in the bad.  I may not always find it, but I do look.  That being said, I had a very interesting conversation in the writing class I am taking.  The instructor had asked to see a copy of my book Thinking Positive: Take the Journey into Positivity, so with much fear and quivering hands, I gave her a copy last week. At the end of class last night, we talked about it and one of the women in the class asked if it was all touchy feely, looking on the bright side.

Now, I don’t think it really is, and I told her as much, and she was relieved.  She then went on to relate a story.  Her mom was terminally ill, and she called a friend to talk about it, and that friend responded with, well look on the bright side, you’ll get to see your brothers.  I was appalled.  There are times when you can be looking on the bright side, and there are times when you just need to grieve, vent and rail against the universe.  For that woman, it was one of those times.

Don’t get me wrong, while there is nothing good about this woman losing her mom, I probably could find some positive things going on in life.  I would never, in a million years ever tell her that! Sometimes, you just need to let it be.  In my mind, that is one of those times.  So while I am a huge fan of looking on the bright side, and I always encourage people to do so, I try to read my audience so to speak, and I advise you to do the same.  In the case of the woman in my writing class, I may have said – think about the joy you can bring to your mom when you and your brothers are together reliving the good memories.  That will bring her so much happiness.  That puts the emphasis on her mom (where it should have been all along) and given her something positive to focus on but without the “oh look on the bright side” comment.

I am, and always will be looking on the bright side, and I will always encourage everybody to do the same.  I just hope that I will be cognizant of the emotional state of other people at the same time.  While I always want to spread the positivity bug, I also want to be a good and supportive friend.  So I guess while I’m looking on the bright side, I’ll look out for my friends as well.

I know my blog posts usually deal with the Daily Positive Thought, so I’ll add that in here!

The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it. – Marcus Aurelius

I really like this quote because it’s not just me that’s changing, or you, but the entire universe!  Change is pretty much a given thing, and we can make of it what we want.  We can accept it and roll with it and make the changes positive. Conversely, we can hold on to the status quo and have a knock down drag out with change and be dragged into it kicking and screaming.

To me, this is where looking on the bright side can come into play. Change happens and you and your attitude will determine whether that change is positive or negative.  If you fight the change and resent it, it’s probably going to be negative, but if you embrace it, and work with it, it will be what you want it to be.  Something good and positive.

I try very hard to accept change.  Do I always?  No, of course not.  Sometimes I do fight it, kicking and screaming all the way and I’ve noticed, the times that I do, well they never turn out just the way I want them to.  When I embrace change wholeheartedly, and view it in a positive light, it tends to go much better for me.  Hopefully I’ll get to a place in my life where I do it more consistently.  Hopefully, you will as well and we can cruise on into the future together.

 

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