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Stress and Sweat: 10 Tips to Stay Cool Under Fire

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6. Drink decaf. If you're addicted to your morning cup of java, find another way to wake up. Caffeine boosts blood pressure, increases heart rate, and one study shows it may amplify the daily stress you're already experiencing.

7. Have a good laugh. It's not just an expression -- laughter really is the best medicine. Put "Some Like it Hot" or another classic comedy in your DVD player and wait for the health benefits to begin. Just the anticipation of that first laugh is enough to lower your stress hormone levels, researchers say. Laughing first activates, and then relieves your stress response, producing an overall feeling of calm. A good belly laugh also improves the body's oxygen flow and blood circulation, and it can do wonders to improve your attitude.

8. Write it down. Sometimes the best way to deal with stressful feelings is to put them down on paper. Start keeping a daily journal. Write about whatever stresses you out during the day. Once you begin to understand your stress triggers, you can start getting control over them.

9. Get help. Trying to deal with your sweating problem on your own can be stressful in itself. It can really help to talk with a professional psychologist or counselor, or to join a support group of people who have dealt with the same problem. If sweating is a persistent problem for you, see a doctor to find out what's causing you to sweat, and to learn about possible treatments.

10. Make it easier on yourself. Stress and sweating can turn into a vicious cycle. You get stressed out, so you sweat. Then you worry about sweating, which makes you stress out even more, which makes you perspire more. To make sweating one less thing you have to worry about, try these tips:

  • Wear cotton, silk, and other natural fibers that allow your skin to breathe and pull moisture away from your body.
  • Choose clothes in colors like black and white, which don't show sweat stains as much as other colors.
  • Bring an extra shirt with you when you go out, just in case you do get sweaty.
  • Apply an antiperspirant/deodorant twice a day -- once in the morning and once before you go to bed. Putting it on at night helps plug up sweat glands.

 

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Reviewed by Norman Levine, MD on September 21, 2012
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