Stress is a natural part of the human experience, and periodic times of stress can even be beneficial to the overall health of the body. Stress naturally has a motivating factor, which can be managed to our advantage. Problems arise, however, when we become unbalanced and stress begins to overwhelm.
When this occurs, not only are we affected mentally, but also we’re affected physically. One physical manifestation is loss of hair.
Which stressors contribute to loss of hair?
There are three types of stress that occur:
- A singular event that causes great stress (e.g. death of a family member)
- Recurring stress that is typically the result of non-stop anxiety and worry
- Stress stemming from long-term chronic stressors that are not easily alleviated (e.g. high-stress profession, living in a dysfunctional family)
How can I decrease the amount of stress in my life?If you’re hoping to lower your overall stress levels, it’s very important to determine if you need better coping strategies.
It may be that you cannot change the stressors causing you problems (job, family) – but you can alter your response. By building better coping mechanisms to deal with your stress, you can halt physical manifestations of being over stressed.
In short, you can slow or stop the hair loss, for example.
Many find that improving diet and adding physical exercise of some kind to their routine is an excellent way to decrease stress. Burning energy is a powerful way to lower stress, and competition can replace damaging stress with a healthier, more purposeful stress.
If your hair keeps falling out
For those who’ve managed to lower stress in their lives are still experiencing hair loss, then it is definitely time to see a dermatologist to determine if alopecia is the cause. Dermatologists have a variety of hair loss treatments with which to combat hair loss.
Additionally, trying an over-the-counter hair loss prevention product may go a long way to alleviating rapid hair loss as well.