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First date, important meeting, job interview . . . these situations are stressful enough, and the last thing you want is to be worrying about that little bit of extra dampness when you're nervous or anxious! Involuntary sweating can be awkward, but the good news is, it can be stopped. Firstly, it's important to understand that stress sweat is not the same as exercise sweat. The perspiration you feel after an intense workout or on a hot day is thermal sweat (i.e., your body's reaction to heating up) and serves an effective purpose: keeping your body cool. Stress sweat is not thermal, and needs to be addressed accordingly. Keep scrolling to learn how to put an end to sticky situations once and for all!
Learn Why It Happens
Stress sweat is the extra wetness you feel when you're anxious or nervous. In addition to under your arms, you're likely to experience clammy palms, beads on your forehead and an overall sticky feeling. Understanding that this is your body’s response to feeling scared or worried will help it stop, as you can deal with the underlying problem.
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When we’re nervous, we tend to be thinking about the worst possible scenario. Missing a deadline, fumbling through a presentation or tripping over your shoes on a date are all things you don’t want to happen — but are they likely to occur? Step back, reassess exactly what it is that you’re worried about, and be realistic about the likelihood of it coming true. You’ve done the work, prepared your notes and worn those shoes before — you’ve got this.
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Change the way you approach the stressful situation. Even if the worst-case scenario does occur, think of it as a chance to learn. The problem-solving skills and resilience you’ll develop (should mud hit the fan) will prepare you for obstacles later in life. Wisdom comes from experience!
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Create a Mantra
Saying positive phrases out loud will make them seem more real, boosting your confidence. Try: "I will get through this," "I am prepared, ready and confident. I will be great," or "I have the power to make myself calm."
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It might sound counter-intuitive, but light exercise can actually help reduce sweating! As stress sweat is not the same as exercise sweat, taking a stroll around your office (or even better, outdoors) before an important task can help you produce endorphins and stay calm.
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The best defence is a good offence! Equipping yourself with an antiperspirant will help stop your sweat glands from betraying you on a physical level, even if you can’t nail the calming part. Choosing one with ¼ moisturising cream will also help soothe and protect your skin. Try:
Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant ($3.99).
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Too often we pump ourselves full of coffee before a big important event, in attempt to generate the energy needed to get us through. Naughty! Caffeine is a stimulant, and can increase feelings of nervousness — causing you to stress sweat. Try to avoid so you can keep as calm as possible.
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