Can I Just Say: I'm Tired of Everyone Telling Me I Look Tired


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Ever have someone say you look tired and not really know what they mean? Of course we've all been there. You think you're hiding your stress, lack of sleep, or anxiety when it's practically advertising itself on your face. Well, guess what? It's time to start taking care of yourself, your body, your skin, and your mind, as they're all connected.

Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, Columbia University professor and founder of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services in New York City, suggests, "When you notice changes in your facial appearance, take inventory of what is going on in your life and what may be stressing you out. Simple things like sitting quietly for 10 minutes focusing on breathing, writing in a journal, exercising, or taking a walk outside, reading, baking, painting, listening to music, and reaching for an activity that takes [the] focus off the stress is helpful. Clearly, there is a connection between how we look and how we feel and think."

Hafeez, whose expertise is in understanding neural pathways as they respond to anxiety, stress, and trauma, notes, "How we think directly impacts how we age and how youthful we appear. The routine stressors in our lives really impact how fast or slow we age. When stressed, we see it in our skin tone, texture, elasticity, and overall glow."

Dehydration, unhealthy diets, and stress can all make us look tired regardless of how much sleep we get. Below, Hafeez and a few other health, skincare, and wellness experts provide tips for how to help. Keep scrolling to never be called "tired-looking" again.