Stress will age you…

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You gotta love Munch’s The Scream

I’m not writing as many entries in here as I would like, the reason being that work has been a major drag as of late. I can no longer keep silent. The worst thing you can do for your skin, and your psychology is to have a draining, unfulfilling job. Women are trained to give, from childhood until adulthood then motherhood, we are expected to give…as if there were no limits to our energy, time and will. This can be problematic when fast-forward into the future, we are grey and old, our children resent us, and our husbands are looking elsewhere. We’ve given all our lives and have gotten little to no recognition.

This is also the norm in the workplace. I’ve been working retail now for many years, and I do it as a job to clock in some hours, be productive, and pay some bills. Technically, I work for fun, as my vocation and profession has always been in the Fine Arts area. But recently, I’ve been feeling more like a slave than as an agent working for fun. The terribly hip and trendy store I work in has recently gotten more and more demanding to the point of blackmailing me to work harder than I am comfortable doing for my rate of pay and my position. It’s not healthy, I am skipping breaks, and just ending the day on total energy drains…sure they want to make an extra dollar, but why should I let them on the cost of my psyche and youth? It is not worth it.

Many people are astonished by my youthful appearance.  When I get I.D.-ed for a bottle of wine, I get many responses.  My most fun one yet…the cashier looks at the year I was born, smiles, looks back at me, back at the card and he declares: “what a pleasure”.  Really.  A pleasure.  So I’m not joking when I say that I am youthful looking for my age.  Back to my point: my youthful appearance is probably not free.  My wrinkle free skin does have a limit.  And I am not going to spend another moment in an energy draining workplace for an average paycheck.  I know maybe it is my vanity that is motivating this decision  but I believe enjoying life is the secret to staying young, and it’s not too late for me to turn away from this gig.  I know that with my background and experience, I will be able to find another job in mere weeks…barely giving me enough time to win back a rosy tinted glow from a stint of unemployment rest.

To take care of your skin:

1. Drink lots of water

2. Try to avoid stress.  Don’t over work yourself to the point of exhaustion.

3. Give enough moisture to the skin: vitamin E oil, night creams…etc.

4. The use of  gentle non soap based face cleansers not more than once a day.

5.  Try using eye gels/cream.  The skin around your eyes is different from the face.

6.   Sleep-in whenever you can.

7.  Believe in something, whether it be religion, or your inner good…always aim for something that will give you happiness and hope.

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