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
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. 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!
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!
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!