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Do everyday stressors leave your pits soaking? Understand the causes of stress sweat and how to keep your cool.
What Is Stress Sweat?
You face stress every day - working under the wire to meet deadlines or juggling the demands of a career and family.
Stress sweat is an automatic, evolutionary response to stressful stimuli.
How Your Brain Reacts to Stress
When your brain perceives a threat (whether your boss's critical eyes or the eyes of a hungry predator), it triggers your fight-or-flight response.
Your sympathetic nervous system takes over - putting your body on high alert. The pituitary gland releases cortisol and adrenaline to recruit more energy sources, and you sweat to cool down.
Why Stress Sweat Happens
Increased Heart Rate
Similar with feelings of anxiety, your heart rate and blood pressure spike.
Surge in Body Temperature
As your body prepares to fend of the stressor, your internal temperature also rises.
Stress Sweat and Odor
To cool down from the extra activity, you might sweat and produce a noticeable odor.
For most, experiencing stress sweat is rare, and deodorant can typically prevent visible sweat marks and odor. But if you sweat profusely at the first sign of stress, your reaction might be more severe.
How Stress Sweat Affects You
Stress sweat is a type of situational sweating - not a medical condition.
However, if you sweat excessively when stressed, your side effects might look similar to someone with hyperhidrosis - or excessive sweating.
Some typical side effects of stress sweat include:
Don't let stress sweat control your life and career path. Learn how to overcome it.
8 Ways to Combat Stress & Stress Sweat
There's no escaping stressors at work and everyday life. But when the pressure mounts, you need a way to cope to prevent stress sweat.
Here are some stress-boosting tactics that can help you stay calm when the stressors pile up:
1. Acknowledge Your Feelings of Stress and Their Source
You face stress every day - but do you ever talk yourself through it? Say or write the cause of your stress, and it won't seem so daunting.
2. Write a Specific and Actionable to-do List
If you're stressed thinking about everything that needs to get done, write it down. Visualizing your to-do list makes tasks seem more manageable and lowers feelings of overwhelm. Attacking your list will also provide some relief.
3. Try Deep Breathing
Focused breathing is an effective way to dissolve stress. But to reduce stress long-term, you need to dedicate 20 to 30 minutes a day to deep breathing. Take a long, deep breath, hold it for 5-10 seconds, release and repeat.
4. Reduce Decision Overload With Routines
Have a big week ahead at work? Stick to a morning routine so small, menial tasks aren't competing for mindshare and pushing you over the edge.
5. Do Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Feeling overwhelmed? Relieve stress and tension anywhere with progressive muscle relaxation. Close your eyes, tense each body part of the body (starting with your feet) for 5 seconds then relax. Once you reach your head, your nerves should melt away.
6. Listen to Soothing Music
Studies show that listening to music lowers heart rate and blood pressure and slows breathing. If you're stressed about a looming speech or interview, turn on your favorite tunes beforehand to stay calm and reduce stress sweat.
When dehydrated, your body produces sweat to cool you down. Extreme stress also dries out the mouth, so make sure to drink plenty of water if you're giving a speech or presentation.
8. Wear a Sweat Proof Undershirt
Does the idea of sweating stress you out? Eliminate this stressor by wearing an effective sweat proof undershirt. Thompson Tee's integrated sweat barrier completely absorbs underarm sweat and allows it to evaporate — so you forget you're even sweating.
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Thompson Tee co-founder Billy Thompson demonstrates how Thompson Tee's Hydro-Shield technology blocks even the most intense moisture
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