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Three Ways Stress Can Affect You

Between high-pressure jobs, family commitments and trying to maintain an active social life, stress is becoming more and more prevalent in our everyday lives. And during a busy December, stylists, barbers, and salon owners can feel burnt out and exhausted! 

Murdock London Master Barber, Ben Vowles says: “When stress becomes overwhelming and over a long period of time, risks for mental health problems and medical problems increase. Long-term stress increases the risk of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, sleep issues, pain, and bodily complaints such as muscle tension. Stress isn’t always obvious, but it can be detrimental on your hair, skin, and mood.”

How stress can affect your skin…

Studies have proven that excessive amounts of stress can alter your hormone balance, increasing your skin’s cortisol production, which, in turn, leads to clogged pores and breakouts. Stress can also dry out your skin, depending on your body’s reaction to the extra cortisol produced. Because cortisol can reduce your skin’s elasticity and water retention, it is important that you use a high-quality facial moisturiser to keep it hydrated, such as Murdock London’s Daily Face Moisturiser, designed to inject some much-needed hydration back into your skin. 

How stress can affect your hair…

Another side effect of excess stress is patches of baldness that can appear anywhere on your body. If you notice bald patches anywhere on your head or body, it’s important that you pay attention to your day-to-day responses to stress – such as busy columns and juggling work and family commitments - to stop the condition developing further.

How stress can affect your mood…

You may be feeling yourself, but if you’re stressed you are likely to be more tired than usual, irritable, not as productive as you usually are and lack interest in activities you normally enjoy. December can be a busy time and as hair professionals we often put our needs at the bottom of the list, prioritising our clients and making sure we’re there for our team members. It takes just ten minutes for us to reduce stress, so regularly check in with yourself, close your eyes, step outside, and take deep breaths and smile. It’s amazing what a difference this can make.

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