Coping well with stress can reduce hair loss

12/12/2014

With any illness or medical complaint you need to deal with the root cause in order to find a cure. There are many different triggers for hair loss: it maybe hereditary; it can be facilitated through a poor diet; glandular disorders; stress; ring worm; side effects of medication and of course male pattern baldness.

Many of the above can be slowed down or prevented with a visit to the GP or changing daily lifestyles but the one we are going to concentrate here is stress. Along with a poor diet, it is the factor that most of us can effect changes to instantly. If we can handle stress better it surely follows that hair loss (if this is the cause of the issue) will be slowed down.

Everyone can be affected by stress and just by changing your mind-set and lifestyle you can be a great deal happier and look after your physical appearance. Only recently Miss Singapore Universe published a book on how to be optimistic, release stress, and get back on track after she experienced going bald due primarily to severe feelings of negativity and insecurity.

So here are some tips for fighting those everyday anxieties:

Physical Activity

We feel stress to alert us to an issue that needs to be dealt with. The feelings of stress are produced by a release of hormones into our bloodstream and our bodies are hard wired to make a fight or flight response. However in the 21st century these responses are not needed. So to get rid of the excess hormones physical exercise can be a great way to put your body in a calm and relaxed state.

Get more sleep

The point here is to make sure you keep to a set sleeping pattern (6 -7 hours a night for adults) and make changes to ensure your sleep is not disturbed. For instance avoid caffeine last thing; avoid alcohol if it causes disruption; make sure your bedroom is tranquil and encourages drowsiness;

Use relaxation techniques and cease mentally demanding work a few hours before you retire.

Talk

Sharing problems that can cause stress can be a great release because you know you are not dealing with the issue alone. Even if the other person is not someone who can take an active part in finding a solution, the pure action of vocalising your thoughts with someone you trust can be beneficial.

Stress diary

Stress can be very insidious. It may be happening more than we actually realise and you cannot really confront it properly until you know the triggers, symptoms, and good solutions. Keep a diary which reflects situations when it is triggered and how you feel emotionally and physically.

Take control

Stress is a little like worry. It debilitates us until we cannot think or function at all. If not careful it can also be an excuse for not dealing with a situation. Recognise when you are feeling stressed and what the cause is and make the effort to sit down and find options for a solution. Once you have decided on what you can do, take action.

Manage your time

Even though “to do lists” are meant to keep you organised they can cause a great deal of stress if not used correctly and you find yourself chasing your tail to get everything done. A “to do list” does not take into account the spontaneous tasks which appear during the day so accept it is flexible and things can be moved to other days. In order to do this you need to prioritise the tasks. Also “to do lists” can be rewarding. It can be a great stress buster just crossing off that hard task off the list!

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