How to rescue your skin, boost your mood, and find a little inner solace.

The health of your skin may have taken a back seat these past few weeks. As the days go by, you may be starting to notice how the compounding stress, poor sleep, lack of routine, and perhaps a little too much indulgence have been taking a toll on your skin.

Stress can wreak havoc on your skin causing dehydration, inflammation, and breakouts. Sleep inconsistencies and deprivation can result in further damage and play a major role in depleting your skin’s collagen and elastin production. Add poor nutrition into the mix, and you’re left with a whole array of nasty side-effects. Yay…

Life happens, there will always be external factors out of your control that have an affect on your skin, mindset, and overall life. The good news is that there are things you can do to combat and balance those outside forces.

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Here are three crucial steps you can take right now to improve your skin, boost your mood, and uncover a nugget of solace in these trying times:

1) Master your inner world
Your mind is a powerful tool, and though transforming your mindset may not be the easiest task, it is one thing that is truly within your own control. True mental illness aside, your inner world is a place that you can attain authority over, and the key to harnessing that authority is through transforming the way you cope with stress and anxiety.

There are several free tools that you can access at any time such as meditation, visualization, affirmations, and journaling, that can make a huge impact on your present mindset. The problem is that when you’re feeling positive, or neutral even, these practices tend to fall by the wayside and get lost in the clutter of daily life. So, when another bout of stress comes creeping back, you find yourself back at square one.

In order to gain real mastery over your thoughts and day to day mindset, you need to prioritize your mental wellness and make these practices a sacred part of your daily routines. Commiting to your transformational tools on a daily basis will strengthen your mental muscle and help you release stress and anxiety before they have a chance to lay waste to your skin.

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2) Take back your nights
For many, sleep can be a nightly battle, whether you struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake-up feeling rested. Sleep is a natural occurrence, and yet it has become like some unattainable phenomenon in our pursuit to harness it.

We live in a world where we have access to distractions and stimulus twenty-four hours a day. You can scroll through social media, check your emails, message your friends, and watch movies at any time of day (or night). And, when you’re under extraneous circumstances, the temptation to indulge in bad habits, like watching Netflix in bed until two in the morning, can be amplified. This is why making your nightly routine a priority is crucial.

Setting out your own personal rules, like curbing snacking and tuning out technology an hour before bed, is the first step. From there, begin to develop your own evening routine that targets areas you struggle with. If you feel anxious before bed, try adding in aromatherapy, a hot bath or reading an uplifting book. If you tend to feel restless, try yoga or low impact exercise to help you wind down.

Once you’ve identified the activities that work for you, the final step is to ensure that your sleeping circumstances are optimal, and that means reducing as much external stimulus as possible. The darker, quieter, and cooler the better. Additionally, taking an all natural sleep supplement with calming herbal ingredients, like STUNN PM, can provide an added support.

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3) Optimize your nutrition
Eating junk food and enjoying an adult beverage is great and necessary once in a while, but when those become daily habits, the negative side-effects outweigh the temporary dopamine boost they may provide. Poor nutrition is not only a detriment to our bodies, but high sugar intake and lack of proper nutrients can also ravage our mental well-being and our skin.

This doesn’t mean you have to take all the joy out of eating and cooking, and force yourself to eat food you hate. It means digging deeper, and looking for recipes that provide more of the nutrients that fuel your body and nourish your skin. It means paying attention to how you feel after you eat certain foods, and replacing bad habits with positive ones.

Supplementation is also a major factor in providing nutrients you may not be able to get through food alone. Supplements such as STUNN AM+PM can aid in improving your skin’s health, while improving your mindset, which are areas that aren’t as easily addressed through food alone.

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Beyond these tips, listen to what your body is asking for and don’t sweat it if you fall off track, have a bad night, or over indulge a little. Beating yourself up for a minor slip-up can cause more damage than the slip-up itself.

Shifting your mindset and daily habits takes time, commitment, and a whole lot of patience. Stick to it, because you’ve got this and it will get easier.

Written by the STUNN Collective team.

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