De-stress to de-acne: report number two

I’m done with tai chi. I’m sure it’s great for some people, but it’s just not my thing. I’ve been doing it for two weeks now. My attitude about it hasn’t changed in the slightest bit. So I’m moving on to another form of exercise that I think will fit me a little better.

Welcome to yoga. I start my first class tomorrow. Whenever I see people leaving the yoga studio, they are completely drenched in sweat. I don’t know exactly what they’re doing in there other than holding poses and stretching into ridiculous forms, but I want a part of that. I want to leave my class feeling that I did something more than churn the air for an hour.

As far as my stress levels go, I think that I feel pretty good.

In fact, I was thinking that I should add another measurement to this experiment to keep track of how I feel about my stress level. We’ll call it the mental health measurement. Again, I’ll use a 0 – 10 scale. Zero equals total blissed out nirvana. Ten means heart-attack and sweat-drenched panic. I’m kind of hoping not to hit either one.

I think that the mental health measurement is a little different from the acne measurement. Daily moods, after all, could have a tremendous impact on the score. Probably not so much when it comes to acne, though. I’m going to take daily measurements and report the average each week.

Mental health measurement: 5

Acne measurement: 6

Fewer pimples than last week, but pretty far from where I’d like to be. I’m trying not to sweat it, though, since that will cause more stress, which will cause more acne, which will cause more stress…

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