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Linking anxiety, depression and skincare


1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem of some kind. The amount of people with common mental health problems went up by 20% between 1993 to 2014, in both men and women according to the mind.org.

Is prevention better than cure when it comes to anxiety and depression?

In England, early interventions and home treatment for mental health problems can reduce hospital admissions, shorten hospital stays and require fewer high-cost intensive interventions. This can potentially result in a saving of up to £38 million per year. A 2021 survey children and young people's mental health found that 17.4% of children aged 6-16 had a probable mental disorder in 2021, up from 11.6% in 2017. Among those aged 17-19, 10.1% had a probable mental disorder in 2017, rising to 17.4% in 2021. Rates remained similar between 2020 and 2021.

The feeling of depression is prolonged sadness over a period of weeks or months, rather than a short period of time. It is a misconception that depression is not a serious illness. The problem is that it is a real illness, with real symptoms. Depressive feelings are not a sign of weakness, nor are they something that can be "snapped out of" by pulling yourself together. There can also be physical symptoms, such as feeling tired and sleepy all the time, not having any appetite or sexual drive, and various aches and pains. The severity of depression symptoms varies.

Again, anxiety is a feeling of unease such as worry or fear, which can range from mild to severe. It is natural to feel anxious when we stepping outside our comfort zones, but once anxiety becomes unexplainable or affects our everyday lives, it is essential to get help. Let's explore why having a skincare routine can be helpful for people who struggle with anxiety and depression.

Identifying the triggers and determining how best to respond to them could help make all the difference. All of us go through these low feelings and thoughts in difficult times at some point in our lives. For me, turning inward and focusing on myself was the key to self-love; my skin care journey began my journey of self-love. If you think that I spend hours on my skincare routine each day to look good, think again. Throughout Lockdown, I learned how important it is to feel good about ourselves on the inside rather than how we look on the outside.

Patients of mental health professionals are encouraged to establish healthy, daily routines. Exercise and meditation each morning, eating nutritious meals, and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule are some methods to help you achieve this. You can feel out of control if you suffer from anxiety or depression, and adopting a routine helps restore your sense of control and empowers you. Additionally, there is a growing body of evidence that links skin health with mental health, including psychological well-being and stress levels. Routines can not only help reduce anxiety and create a positive mindset, but they can also increase productivity and time management skills. It is more likely that people who experience breakouts will suffer from inflammatory conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne during this unpredictable and very stressful time. Despite the fact that the skin is the most visible part of our body that could be affected by psychological factors, very few psychologists study it. People with skin diseases can experience considerable distress. As part of a 2014 survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 1,675 patients with rosacea ,a condition characterised by facial redness and other symptoms, reported lowered self-esteem and self-confidence, 54 percent reported anxiety and helplessness, and 43 percent reported depression, for example. Nearly half of respondents said they avoided face-to-face contact.

Feeling accomplished and loving your reflection in the mirror is very rewarding. Neuroscientists have examined the brain and habit-making behavior - the basal ganglia plays a critical role in the development of emotions and memories. A skin care session can be a chance to bond with loved ones

and that's important for mental health. Regularly pampering your skin triggers a cascade of chemical reactions in your brain that boost your mood. As we know today, the brain perceives uncertainty and unpredictability (as in a pandemic situation) in the same manner as it does when dealing with threats or attacks. Therefore, developing routines and habits during this period is helpful. Reduces uncertainty and decreases negative thoughts, creating the impression of control. You feel good when your routines serve as an anchor to your day and provide a sense of stability in your life. Caring for your skin is a kind act that sends out a powerful message.

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