It is no secret that negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, grief, anger or frustration can have terrible effects on our skin – both during the current moment we feel it and years down the road! Certain facial expressions can accentuate wrinkles and fine lines, and stress causes the release of cortisol – a hormone that degrades your reserves of collagen and elastin. This can lead to sagging skin, dull complexion, and a lackluster tone. Negative emotions not only effect the way you look and the way you feel, but it also effects your lifestyle habits and your general health.
Imagine your brain constantly yelling “Ahhhh!” at random moments of the day. Imagine that you continuously find yourself incapable of controlling the fearful thought patterns weaving their way into every action or move you make during the course of a typical schedule. A rapid fire of inner dialogue consists of phrases like “I’ll never get anywhere; why bother?” or “What will everyone think of me?” A borage of self-doubt, fear, and worry about nearly everything follows you around, always lurking and waiting to pounce and take over either every second of the day or at unplanned moments. This is anxiety, a continuous cycle of low self-esteem, constant worry about not being good enough, and wondering why bother because you might seriously mess it up anyway. It nags and nags, sticking around as you talk to friends and family, making you afraid of what they will say about you. It prevents you from concentrating because it may not be good enough, whatever you are doing.