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The Skin I’m In—Part II

Your eating habits are very important to the health of your skin. When it comes to my skin, what I put in my body literally shows up on my body, which includes weight. But when I get occasional breakouts and when I say occasional I mean maybe once every 2/3 months it is usually a sign that I need to change my diet. Fried foods, soda, candy and having sweets frequently are the triggers for me, so I do my very best to stay away from them. I don’t drink soda at all, other than ginger ale to treat an occasional upset stomach or if I get a Shirley temple drink on special occasions, which is maybe 4 times a year. I mainly drink 100% juices or water and fruits and veggies in my diet definitely play a role in healthy skin.

Another factor that influences healthy skin is stress. Stress can definitely have an impact on the health of your skin. I can’t speak from a medical perspective, but I can speak from a mental health professional’s perspective on this connection.  This is where my theory of the mind and the body are one is displayed.

We all get stressed from time to time, but the way in which you cope with the stress and how it affects your daily functioning and relationships is an indicator if there is a mental health concern. I truly believe that if your mind isn’t right then your body isn’t right and vice versa. Basically,  if you’re highly stressed, your thoughts may be scattered,  you may feel like you can’t get a handle on your emotions, you’re aloof, distant from those you love,  or feel numb and so many other symptoms could arise including the more severe feeling suicidal or homicidal (intent to harm someone else). When you are experiencing any of what I mentioned above it can result in poor sleeping habits, unhealthy appetite changes, poor self-care (not showering, not brushing your teeth and other hygienic behaviors) and that trickles down to a decline in your physical and medical health.

On the other end, if you’re suffering with a medical condition, that can trigger high stress levels and result in depression, anxiety, paranoia and other mental health issues including feeling suicidal or homicidal. The toll of the symptoms of that medical condition and/or the physical side effects of the medicine to treat it have a direct impact on your mental health.

So take the time out, as best as you can, to take care of your skin and other hygiene habits, take care of your body with healthy eating habits, exercise, making sure your medical and mental health are in tact and You will love the skin you’re in physically, from the inside out!!