3 Ways to Melt Stress and Boost Your Glow

September 15, 2020

3 Ways to Melt Stress and Boost Your Glow

When your body is feeling sluggish, puffy and bloated, you're dragging, overwhelmed, and experiencing acne breakouts or your skin is looking dull ..it could be poor circulation and stress. 

Getting the body moving and promoting circulation is important for stimulating the lymphatic system, melting away stress, and promoting a healthy glow. It boosts blood to your skin, floods your organs with oxygen rich blood, moves any toxins out of our body through sweat, our liver, and urine.  To improve circulation, sometimes the most simple ways is often the best approach.  I've got 3 ways to boost circulation to keep your body running well and your mind at ease. The bonus?!? Healthy glowing same! WIN-WIN, right.

Hydration is key!

The human body is made up of roughly 60% water and skin cells are made up of roughly 70-80% water. If you don’t replenish what's lost through day to day living, dehydration will occur causing fatigue, headaches, dull skin, and in extreme cases organ failure. YIKES!  Your body relies on hydration for proper organ function, to reduce inflammation, flush out toxins, stimulate the lymphatic system, and to help your skin look healthy and glowing. Dehydrated skin cells cause more crepiness, fine lines, and dull looking skin. Keep skin hydrated with a good facial mist since water you drink doesn't reach the skin. 

To stay on top of hydration, you can eat foods like celery, watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries, and lettuces or actually drinking water.

On average, 2 liters or half gallon will be enough but if you’re exercising, playing sports, living in super dry or hot climate, you’ll want to gulp down nearly a gallon to keep your body running at its peak. I notice when I drink a gallon a day my body feels better and my skin looks even better. 


Pro Tip:  Make sure to keep an eye on your urine, clear, pale yellow color and nearly odorless means you’re well hydrated.


Now before you gasp about the amount you need to drink along with the thought of running to the bathroom every two minutes, I’ve got a couple simple tricks to hit your water intake goal.


TRICK 1:  Add a few splashes of lemon juice plus a few mint leaves to jazz up the flavor.

TRICK 2:  Before you have your morning coffee, drink 20 oz of lemon water. 

TRICK 3:  Get a 1 liter travel cup, fill it up and drink it 2-3 times throughout the day (Drink 1 my mid-Morning, another early afternoon, and your 3rd in evening).


7 Day Water challenge - Commit to drinking 2 liters or half gallon of water a day, every day for a full week. If you’re already drinking half a gallon, up your intake to a gallon. Pay attention to how your body feels and any changes you notice, if you like what you see (which you will)..make it a part of your daily ritual. 


Move your body 

Did you know that slower activities like yoga or walking can actually be really helpful for your body and the mind? When you walk instead of run, it helps to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) - reducing the fight or flight response-helping you to calm down.  HITT, dance, and running are all great cardio but it doesn’t tap into the PNS. I’m encouraging you to try something slower and more mindful to reduce stress.  If your body is always in this fight or flight mode, which oftentimes it is, especially in high intensity exercise, it can be good to slow down a little, be a bit more gentle with yourself.

Ideally you’re looking for 30 minutes of movement four to five times a week.

  1. Take a 30 minute walk around a park or the neighborhood.
  2. Try an online yoga or pilates class, to hone in on the mind-body connection.

Pro Tip: A yoga and pilates fusion practice tones your body giving you that long lean look and more strength than you think.


Moving the body is key for your mental health (it’s an excellent way to deal with stress) and physical health. Plus it will ultimately give your skin that glow you crave. 

Schedule or give yourself a massage

What’s more relaxing than a massage? NOTHING. A massage relaxes muscles, improves circulation, reduces the stress hormones (cortisol), improves skin tone, and stimulates the lymphatic system to increase lymph flow just to name a few.


If your lymphatic system isn’t working properly you’ll notice swelling and fatigue,  bloating, slow digestion, weakness, brain fog, and duller skin and acne breakouts. 

A foam roller is a great way to give yourself a massage if you’re not able to get a professional massage. I love to lay on the floor directly on top of the roller letting my body weight and the foam roller do the work. New to foam rolling, here’s a great step by step foam rolling video.  Massaging and melting away back, legs, hips, and butt soreness and tension. 

 

For a more natural healthy glow, adding in this facial massage 3-4 times a week to increase lymphatic flow.

 

We are keeping it easy and low key, but these simple ways are so effective for reducing inflammation and stress. Hope you've felt inspired to move your body and drink more water because increasing circulation, keeping hydrated, and reducing stress is great for increasing healthy glowing skin.




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