Stress Can Cause Hair Loss

Stressed woman
Worry can lead to a handicap, if the situation is stress related. Hair loss can be stress related. Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to avoid stress in our lives. If we were to live in a cave away from all people, something would upset us in that cave. Stress is here to stay, but we can learn how to deal with it.
Many times the stress of a death, a severe weight loss, surgery, illness, drugs or hypothyroidism can all produce something technically called “telogen effluvium.” This is when the emotional or physical stress pushes large amounts of healthy hair into a resting phase.
Remember how it seems like your hair will only grow to a certain length? This is because it has gone into a resting phrase. Sometimes there is a loss of those hairs. If the hair does fall out, it will come back; but it usually takes months for the cycle to begin again.
Another hair loss condition known to happen through stress is alopecia areata and this is when your white blood cells turn on your hair follicle and stops the hair growth. The hair begins to come out in small patches but sometimes spreads throughout the head, depending upon the severity of the attack. Anytime something like this happens it is always important to see your doctor as he may have a treatment that would speed up the regrowth of your hair and he may desire to take tests.
It is understandable with today’s economy how most people are burning both ends of the candle and trying to stay afloat with their finances. Sometimes, the worries of raising children, grandchildren or about aging parents can needle away at you while upon your bed at night. Although our bodies are well equipped to handle the rush of adrenalin and cortisol that brings up our blood pressure and increases our blood sugars when we become upset, there will be times it all seems to go berserk.
We all have our reactors set individually how we respond to stress. Our genetics play a part and other times it could also be what we learned while growing up. If we were neglected or abused we usually find ourselves vulnerable to stress as adults.
How to combat stress:
1. Exercise.
Get moving; it will be good for your heart, your weight and outlook. Find a fun and appealing way to be active and make it a lifestyle.
2. Relaxation Techniques
Some people meditate, while others pray. Learn deep breathing. Take a long leisurely bath. You will be amazed how good that will make you feel.
3. Fostering healthy friendships
There is an old saying that if everyone has at least one good friend they can talk to, they will never need to go to a therapist.
4. Getting enough sleep
Whatever it takes, it is important to get your sleep. Muzzle your dog and cover your birds. Be active in the day time, you will be too tired to stress about your latest worry. Reading a book will help put you asleep. Taking 7 deep breaths will train your body to start breathing better and you’ll be able to fall asleep faster. Think about buying a new bed.
5. Professional counseling or psychotherapy
If you need a professional counselor, do not put it off any longer; there may be many things to be learned by their advice. Seek one by referral; the peace of mind will be worth it all and it may just keep the hair on your head.
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See also:
Hair loss treatment
Genetic hair loss