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There are days when everyone feels overwhelmed. Every little thing starts to get you down, making you feel more depressed, anxious, frustrated or just plain exhausted.
This condition is known as stress, and it can take its toll on your skin and body in many ways.
"Stress is a high-energy user, and also uses lots of toxins", explains health and well-being consultant Liz Tucker. "When you have problems with stress, it's harder for your body to transport oxygen to the other parts of the body, and your skin cells are the first to be affected".
"If your skin cells are low in nutrients and energy, there will be a decline in the quality of your skin. Dryness, blemishes and a grey pasty-looking complexion are all signs of stress."
When the wear and tear of a high-pressure day leaves you shattered, don't start panicking - help is at hand.
Take micro relaxation breaks - "Whenever you feel things are rushing you by, sit back and take four or five deep breaths, using your lower abdominal muscles to get an instant de-stress," says Liz. "After a while, your body gets so used to breathing deeply whenever it goes into stress mode that you'll do it without realising it."
Drink plenty of water - "It sounds like a cliche, but water really will help. Stress can dehydrate you, so if you don't keep your water levels up, you'll feel more tired. Avoid stimulants like coffee, alcohol and fizzy drinks, as well as sugary, fatty and salty foods and cigarettes as they will make you feel worse."
Be realistic - "Most people end up stressed because they have an over-optimistic view of how things will turn out," Liz adds. "They don't foresee transport problems or the possibility that they may fall behind, so when they fail to reach a deadline, they get even more disappointed. So plan ahead and think realistically."
Massage can help - A light massage with a product like Origins' Peace Of Mind On-The-Spot Relief, £10(0800 731 4039), can help if you're starting to feel the heat. Containing basil, peppermint and eucalyptus, it will clear the senses and reduce any feelings of stress. Just dab a tiny dot on your temples and massage it in.
At home - Once your day is over, make time for fun. "Give yourself a treat, whether it's a weekend away, a chilled-out night or even a few hours after work, doing what you enjoy." Whether it's a relaxing spa treatment after work, or even a hot bath with your favourite bubble bath, a pampering treat is sure to bring your stress levels down.
Can't sleep? - One of the side-effects of stress is the inability to sleep, which does little to alleviate the problem. Sleepless nights can affect health, relationships, job and even the ability to perform simple tasks.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, take a warm bath with a few drops of lavender that will help you breathe more deeply and allow your body to absorb more oxygen.