Stress a modern day problem can be
blamed for all types of illnesses, and hair loss is no
exception to this.
has a way of telling you if your body is in balance.
If you are
healthy - physically as well as emotionally - your hair will
be radiant and shining and your scalp pliant and moist.
If you are
not well physically, or if you are upset emotionally, your
hair becomes dull and lifeless - it will begin to fall out,
and your hair will become waxy with the overproduction of
your traumatized sebaceous glands.
major change in our lives can be reflected in the condition
of our hair, scalp and skin. If we are well and happy, we
reflect this health and well-being in the condition of our
hair and scalp. If we are in a slump, that slump is often
manifested in the appearance of our hair and scalp.
stress, we need it to become vital, ambitious and sexually
active people. However we also need the ability to cope with
stress when it threatens to overwhelm us.
which without stress, we would become lethargic and
very difficult to describe, few people will say the same
thing about it and very few people ever agree what causes
dictionary's definition of stress is "that stress is a
demand upon physical or mental energy".
what we usually mean by stress is an excessive demand upon
our energy, one that we find hard to cope with, which calls
on our reserves and which cannot be sustained indefinitely
appears to be a product of modern day life, however it was
in existence centuries ago, although it did not have the
same press coverage it demands today.
be defined in a variety of ways:
Stress is feeling bad, due
to troubles beyond our control.
The reaction of the mind
and body to change.
Stress is everywhere and
seems to be a recent phenomenon.
Stress is unpleasant and
has little to do with happy events.
Stress is related to
again you could reject all of the above and say stress does
not exist but is merely a scapegoat for all of modern day
possible way of reducing stress is to identify the cause and
remove it. This is not always possible but if you do know
the cause of stress and you do not try to do something about
it, you will only succeed in increasing the problem. Thus
causing you to become more stressed!!
money problems are two of the bigger problems of stress. One
of the best ways of helping to find and cure the problem is
to devise a list of all your problems and try to resolve all
the items over a certain time span.
be habit forming and, as such, it is often triggered without
thought. Worrying about whether you will lose your job, for
instance, is an example of a stressful situation that may be
triggered by groundless fears. It is important to recognize
such substance less anxieties for whatever they are, for
although the situation is imagined, the consequences are
the contrary, there is little concrete medical evidence that
stress - regardless of its origin - actually contributes to
balding it just seems that way. However this statement could
be applied to any condition that may be blamed on stress and
even though it is not directly the cause of the problem,
hair loss does appear to be a side effect of stress.
of the matter is that when we are under stress, we let our
basic health habits go. Just think about this.
You have a
deadline to meet for an important project at work. Your boss
has virtually told you your job is on the line. How do you
all, you start drinking more coffee and soft drinks than
usual, and if you're still a smoker, you start smoking more
than ever. By doing this, you increase the poisons from
nicotine and caffeine in your body, taking in far larger
quantities than when you are not under such pressure.
work all hours, rushing into work without breakfast in the
morning, and if you eat lunch at all, you gulp down some
fast food from a take-away.
You get no
exercise, other than rushing from place to place and sleep
irregular hours. More than likely, you don't pay a lot of
attention to your face, you may touch it with ink stained
hands, you run your fingers through your hair and then rest
your chin on your hand, transferring the oils and dirt from
one to the other. You give your hair a quick washing, paying
little attention to conditioning or rinsing, if you wash
your hair at all. In no time your skin becomes shallow and
sensitive. Your hair becomes dull and lifeless, and before
you know it, it is falling out in bunches. This is not
caused directly by stress, but by what you have done to your
body while you are under stress.
is one of the first places your body shows distress.
Illness, medication and imbalances in nutrition all show up
in you hair and scalp. Even aspirins and over the counter
allergy pills or cold tablets can have a negative effect on
your hair, especially if your hair is chemically treated
with color or a permanent rinse.
we have already seen when we are excited or frightened our
hair can actually stand on its end, thus showing how our
nervous system is interrelated with our hair and skin. So if
we can do anything to reduce stress it can only do us good.
quite a lot of evidence to show that a moderate degree of
stress can be good for us - it improves performance,
efficiency, productivity and many people strive on it.
Indeed there are people who need stress, and function at
maximum efficiency when they are under stress, but they are
people, if stress goes beyond a certain point, everything
disinteregates, and this can lead to both mental and
physical illness. It is therefore, very important for us to
come to terms with what causes stress, to recognize the part
that it plays in our health, or, conversely, ill health, and
try to find out how we can get rid of it or cope with it.
important thing of all is that you cope with stress, it's
much less important how you cope with it.
long term, however, you must teach yourself to handle stress
positively. One of the problems in a high stress situation
is that your self-confidence is reduced. You remember your
failures, think of your inadequacies, you become negative,
when you really need to be positive. Positive thinking
itself can be a great healer and can achieve remarkable
results when used properly.
can't be avoided, try one or all of the techniques listed
putting your worries out of your head. Some people can do
this easier than others. Try to ignore the problem for as
long as possible, the longer you ignore it, the more time
there is for the body's fight and flight reaction to lessen,
thereby reducing stress and anxiety.
Go out and
enjoy yourself, laugh and have fun, go to parties and cheer
yourself up. While you are having fun, and even after, you
will notice how most problems will diminish in size.
stress through any type of exercise that you enjoy and are
physically able to do. Physical activity of any kind always
counteracts the effects of stress and will usually leave you
feeling relaxed and rational about your problems.
is a great way to fight stress. Try to lie down in a quiet
place for twenty minutes each day in a darkened room, let
nothing disturb you and just concentrate on feeling good
about yourself. Another good exercise is to try to get ten
hours sleep each night for a whole week. If you can manage
this for a complete week you should feel a whole lot better.
with work, money and daily life in the nineties are taking
its toll and some of the symptoms show themselves in
different ways in different people. Unfortunately one of the
most common symptoms is excessive hair falling out and
general thinning. This problem is not unique to men, the
symptoms can affect females just as easily. Reducing stress
is easier said than done but some of the causes and cures
are outlined below.
of stress is often in the mind rather than in the body.
There are many ways in which stress can show itself. It is
particularly difficult to adjust to severe changes if they
catch us unprepared.
is a particularly effective way to relieve stress, it keeps
your body fit and able to cope with stress more easily. Try
to participate in a sport or activity that you really enjoy
and give it your full concentration.
To have a
period of relaxation where you turn your mind off to
everything can have a very therapeutic effect. Try and lie
down in a darkened room for half an hour a day with no
disturbances and no sound at all. As you are lying there
just try and think of nothing or only good things that have
happened to you, it will take a while to get used to doing
nothing for half an hour but the benefits will be noticeable
be relieved by slowing down rather than speeding up. Slowing
down can be achieved by talking to people, taking pills,
learning to relax, doing special exercises such as yoga and
meditation, having a holiday or just taking it easy for a
couple of days.
and exercise will also help you sleep at night. Everyone
knows how much sleep they need, so try and get it. Too
little or too much sleep affects our lives, leading to
health problems and the results can cause deterioration in
the appearance of your hair and skin.
the residue from drugs and medication and all the other
negative things that we put in our bodies show up in our
hair, the positive results of nutritional care are evidenced
there also. There are no magic pills we can take or miracle
foods we can eat to have healthy hair, but we can feed our
hair and scalp by eating the foods that promote physical
health and well being.
achieve a balance among the essential nutrients, protein,
fat and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins and minerals, to
achieve a healthy, balanced body.
We need to
eat a variety of foods in each of these groups for maximum
health. Only one-fifth of our daily protein intake should
come from meats, including fish and poultry.
in the B vitamins (green vegetables, whole grains, liver,
peas and beans, fish, cheese and eggs), vitamin A (spinach,
broccoli, tomatoes parsnips and melons) and vitamin C
(citrus fruits, tomatoes and strawberries) are vital to the
health and well being of your hair and scalp, as are calcium
rich foods such as canned fish, cheese, yogurt and oysters.
minerals that contribute to full rich hair are zinc (in
mussels, nuts, brewer's yeast, wheat germ and whole grains)
iodine (in seafood, sea salt and onions) and sulphur (in
eggs , fish, garlic, onions and cabbage).
foods that are high in oils and fats - red meats, fried
foods, most nuts and nut products - and limit your intake of
shellfish and iodized salt because they contain too much
iodine. Iodine does help hair growth, but too much can cause
and cocoa product, cheese, sugar, coffee and tea, as well as
alcohol, should be eliminated or at least restricted,
because they can trigger systematic problems that upset the
delicate balance between your hair and its environment, the
chemical content of the hair is so drastically altered by
pollutants that the real nutritional effects of the diet can
be lost unless we can reach and maintain that wonderful,