Stress and Rosacea
Stress on rosacea patients is evidenced by a marked increase in facial redness and flushing. Stress is the body’s reaction to a perceived threat. Adrenaline and hormones are released, and the nervous system is activated, sharpening our senses, but simultaneously our pulse rises, our muscles tense, and our immune system begins to shut down. Those that cannot relieve stress as needed may experience fatigue, upset stomach, and frequent headaches. Long term stress can contribute to family breakdown, job fatigue, with resulting long term health problems such as depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, and rosacea.
Can you combat stress? You certainly can by changing your situation, your attitude toward people and things (we can learn to be positive), taking the personal time out to have fun and friendship (a good social network of friends at work, neighbors, and relatives are most important for support), by meditating and praying, staying physically fit, and by seeking outside help if needed.
Consider “quality” of time on the earth and not just the “quantity” of years to live on the earth, as both make life more enjoyable! Reduce stress in your life. Allow as much time for tasks as possible to avoid time-pressured periods. Remind yourself that your job is not your entire life by taking a break for lunch every day, leaving your desk to take a walk, write a personal letter, or plan a vacation. Leave your desk and take a walk; write a personal letter; plan a vacation. “Sound off” with a trusted friend or colleague who understands your situation and will keep your confidence. Be realistic about what you can reasonably accomplish given your time, resources, and job environment. Prioritize your tasks/problems. Delegate responsibilities and be willing to ask and let others take charge. Talk with your manager about your concerns and offer suggestions about ways to alleviate pressures. Consider getting professional help if stress is affecting your daily functioning. If all else fails, consider seeking vocational counseling, job training, and/or a new position. Take a vacation, drive home a different way, get away for a weekend, but don’t take work with you. Think of funny incidents; tell a joke; remember the face of someone who brings you joy. Avoid multitasking as much as possible by laying down the beeper, remote controls, and your cell phones and pagers to enjoy your family and friends. Being a perfectionist isn’t the answer; it only adds stress. Sleep eight hours or more per night so you can be alert during the day without a stimulant.
The frantic pace of today’s family can sometimes make it hard for children to relax as well as the rosacea sufferer, especially when it’s time to get the rest they need. If the children in your life and the rosacea sufferer are in need of some relaxing wind-down time, you might try some of these simple principles:
- When scheduling permits, create a special slow and peaceful day for just you and your entire family.
- Eliminate caffeine, colas, and especially diet soft drinks containing aspartame or NutraSweet, chocolates, and cocoa which also contain caffeine. Caffeine, being a stimulant, can make you hyper and cause difficulty in sleeping.
- Visit a Chiropractor. We sometimes have birth anomalies, have had several small or large accidents, injuries from sports, or poor posture. However minor you think your injury was, it was detrimental to your neurological, muscular, and skeletal systems. Stress related to rosacea can be relieved in many rosacea patients. A report by the Atlanta, Georgia based Center for Disease Control reported that 100% of HIV-AIDS patients receiving Chiropractor Treatment improved their white blood cell count due to less stress which allowed the body to heal itself or improve the immune system.
- Schedule a wind-down time for the entire family. An hour before bedtime is not a time for wrestling or games that may stimulate when it is time to slow down. Likewise, it is not a good time to talk about controversial matters. Make the bedtime a bedtime for all of those in the family.
- Listen to quiet music or sing special songs. Children respond to the mood of the music so you can choose the mood needed for bedtime that will be relaxing and not stimulating to anyone.
- Dim the lights to create a quiet mood.
- Sit or lie down with your children. Most children find this very comforting and you may also. It lets your child or children know that rest time isn’t just for ‘babies’ but for their stressed rosacea-suffering parents.
- Gently massage your child’s back, arms, and hands, while avoiding any ticklish areas that will stimulate the child or adult.
Keeping the family relaxed and “in tune” reduces stress for all.