Most Effective Tactics to Avoid Stress and Hair Loss

It’s no secret that stress weighs heavily on your body – in a lot of different ways. In a day and age where everything seems to be moving so fast and so uncertainly, though, it can be a tough thing to manage. However, fail to keep up on your mental health and you may find yourself in a predicament that can only make things feel so much worse. It’s been clinically proven that stress is one of the most prevalent factors in losing your hair early. Losing hair is in and of itself a stressful event, which just cyclically feeds the same problem. 

Taking the precautions to free yourself from the stressors in your life can do so much more than saving your hairline. Blood pressure, sleep schedule, energy levels, stomach problems, and sex drive can all be improved by being mindful of your mental state. 

How to Reduce Stress in Your Life

Exercise

The number one most recommended stress relief method for a good reason. It’s always a roadblock to get over to start exercising, but it doesn’t have to be a complete workout. Something as simple as taking walks, swimming, or yoga can be just the ticket. Exercising regularly lowers stress hormones, boosts endorphins and helps you feel better about yourself. That, and it’s the most beneficial outlet for nervous / stress energy. 

Sleep

Sleep. We know it, we love it, but oh how we ever take it for granted. In the day and age where you can take an entire Internet’s worth of information and attention-grabbing everywhere we go, that peaceful rest at the end of the night often falls to the wayside in lieu of browsing memes and stalking your friends through social media. Further still, life ends up getting in the way and one has too much to do to sleep well. Wherever it’s possible, though, sleep needs to be a priority in your life. 

You sleep good, you feel good. You feel good, you do good. You do good, and then there’s no reason to stress!

Socializing

Sometimes, being alone with your thoughts can only lead to doting on the same fears and anxieties over and over and over again. Being alone in your headspace can end up being more of a problem than the actual stressors! In that case, spending time with the people you trust and care about can help immensely. Find some time to take lunch with a good friend, spend time with your parents, or maybe join some new activities or programs to spend time with others. Anything that makes you feel like you’re not alone and lets you immerse yourself in the moment, and perhaps even have a support group to vent with!

Eat Better

Your diet is the fuel for everything you’re able to do in your day-to-day, so naturally eating the wrong things is only bound to cause problems. We all know the common culprits – too much sodium, too much caffeine, and not enough greens. It’s advice you’re frankly tired of hearing by this point, but there’s a reason everyone repeats it ad nauseam. Everything needs to be kept in balance, and failing to keep up that balance is only going to make things harder, leading to more stress. It’s also advisable to consider adding supplements to your daily routine – compounds and nutrients that can chemically treat the stress-causing hormones in your head. Green tea, Omega-3 fatty acids, and lemon balm are commonly cited, among many more.

Take Charge of Your Life

Sometimes, though, the problems end up being the situations we leave ourselves. Whether it be socially, emotionally, or physically – our lives are a product of the decisions we make every day. Too often, we end up complacent or passive about our wants and needs. More simply put – you can’t do the same thing day in and day out and expect any change. Stop waiting on some “perfect moment” to start something you’ve been putting off. Stop saying “yes” to everyone regardless of your feelings or ability. Stop ignoring the problem because it’s “easier” than dealing with it. These phrases are much, much easier said than done, though. You’re going to need help to move forward, but it’s all worth the effort in the long run.

When Preventative Care Isn’t Enough

When your hair loss ends up out of your control, though, you still shouldn’t let your hair loss get the better of your mental state. It’s never too late to take charge and fix your body to look and feel like how you want it to! Here at SMP Ink, we can offer numerous procedures to look your best, including SMP and microblading. Check out our scalp micropigementation services to learn how we can help!

Top Foods for Maintaining Healthy Hair

Hair is often one of those things that we end up taking for granted until it’s gone. Nobody gives a lot of passing thought about how they can be maintaining their hair past washing and conditioning. The problem with that kind of thinking is that without the nutrients it needs to build itself, it’s only going to develop being weak and brittle. Thankfully, it doesn’t take a lot to give your hair what it needs to be happy and healthy – a change in your diet can mean a world of difference!

Breaking Down to the Basics

The foods themselves are a lot less important than the nutrients that they give. Of course, using supplements to get your vitamins isn’t as favorable as eating the right foods. That being said, though, it’s easier if you know what you’re looking for in your diet in the first place!

First up, is the common vitamins we all know and love. Vitamin A, B, C, D3, and E all play a big part in building up your hair’s health, among other things. These are some of the easiest to look out for, cited on every nutrition label out there. Zinc, Iron, and Selenium are right alongside the other vitamins, playing vital roles in both hair growth and strength! The addition of Biotin, Omega-3, Fatty Acids, and Protein in your diet will round it out to give your scalp everything it needs to look and work it’s best!

If you’re also looking for what to avoid to keep your hair healthy, it’s also a simple list. Experts in the field recommend staying away from fish high in mercury, first and foremost. One of the first indicators of too much mercury in your body is weakness in both your hair follicles and nails – neither of those being particularly good things. The other danger to watch out for is too much of a good thing – excessive Vitamin A, Sugar, or Starches in the diet can wreak havoc on both your hair and skin. 

Top Foods for Hair Growth

With the barebones information out of the way, here’s an easy guide on the foods that are good for your hair!

Eggs

Everyone cites eggs as an ingredient that’s just flat-out good for you for several reasons. There’s an excellent reason – they’re packed with so many nutrients and good fats for your body! For your hair in particular, the protein, zinc, selenium, and fatty acids inside do wonders to keep your hair lustrous and full. Unless you have a problem with cholesterol, eat up those egg whites and the yolks to get the most out of your diet.

Oysters

As with most shellfish, they’re packed with nutrients while staying lean, low-cal, and (most importantly) delicious. Zinc and selenium levels through the roof, and a substantial amount of iron to keep it robust.

Fatty Fish

Fish – one of the leanest and meanest meats out there. It’s no surprise why it’s such a popular choice for health enthusiasts out there. Chock full of omega-3, selenium, vitamin B, and protein. Chicken is also an excellent choice for keeping up your protein intake with low fat, but it doesn’t offer nearly as much nutrient content.

Spinach

Spinach or kale should be the staple leafy green in your house, just for how much more wholesome it is for you than lettuce. Dense in Vitamin A, C, and iron with an additional helpful helping of folate – another beneficial nutrient for your blood!

Bell Pepper

To boost the absorption of Vitamin A-heavy foods, turn to something rich in Vitamin C. Per serving, bell peppers are a lot denser in C than citrus fruits like oranges. They’ve also got impressive amounts of vitamin E, folate, and beta carotene (which turns into Vitamin A).

Feeling Good, Looking Good

Even if your hair starts to thin despite eating well, exercising, and keeping it clean, there are options out there. SMP INK can help you restore your hairline and make it look thicker, fuller, and more youthful with our simple Scalp Micropigmentation procedures. Looking your best helps you with your confidence, having that confidence helps you feel good, and feeling good helps you win. Contact us today, and let’s help you look your best.

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