When I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I have a tendency to wear my feelings on my face. I scrunch up my face when I’m upset, and often clench my jaw due to stress, which can lead to cystic acne breakouts. If you have a tendency to hold tension in your face, try these three facial exercises that can be done anytime, anywhere.
Place your index and middle finger on top of each eyebrow, putting pressure on your eyebrows. Close and open eyes to create resistance. Repeat 10 times.
Cheeks and Jawline
Create an “O” shape with your mouth, elongating your cheeks and jawline. Place your hands on either side of your cheeks to create resistance. Open and close your mouth 10 times.
Give your temples some love with a soothing massage. If you experience stress headaches, place your index and middle finger on your temples (right above your eyebrows). Gently massage in circular motions to reduce any tension you may be having. I also like to place some essential oils on temples, such as peppermint oil, which has been known to reduce headaches.
From Our Live Be Yoga Partner
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BONUS TIPS: Meditate! Go out in nature. Paint! Find things that bring you joy and prioritize creating peace in your life. Strive to be present, not perfect. If you’re in search of a relaxing evening skin care routine and meditative practice, check out my 20-minute meditation and skin care routine here.
This year, Yoga Journal’s annual ambassador road trip—the Live Be Yoga Tour—is going virtual. We are calling it The Decompression. Recently, we’ve all been asked to journey inward, to take moments of pause and stillness, and to slow down, rest, and prioritize the things we value. Follow the Live Be Yoga 2020 series here, stay connected with us at @livebeyoga on social, and join the movement to find beauty in stillness.