In today’s fast-paced life, stress is our main enemy. We are expected to be the best in our work as well as our home life; in short, we have to multi-task at every level.
Handling stress well is not everybody’s cup of tea and unfortunately, it may spiral out of control. If that happens, then it may cause many health and psychological issues. It’s rather frightening what stress can do. Amongst a whole array of other things, stress has a bad impact on our skin, hair and nails. Here are a few ways to deal with them effectively.
Don’t be shocked, it’s true that stress is one of the main reasons for hair loss. Extreme stress can lead to three types of hair loss namely:
Telogen effluvium – Here a large number of hair follicles enter the resting phase due to stress and this hair suddenly fall out within a couple of months.
Alopecia Areata – In this condition, the immune system of our body attacks our hair follicles leading to hair loss. Stress can be a crucial factor for this.
Trichotillomania – Usually a person feels the urge to pull off hair from the head or any body part like the eyebrow, eyelashes, etc, due to severe stress or tension.
If you are suffering from severe hair loss then visit a dermatologist who can diagnose the exact reason for this issue and help you overcome it. Also, if the hair loss has caused significant damage and you are experiencing receding hairline or baldness then you can opt for hair transplant which gives permanent results. While hair transplant can be a costly affair in many countries, don’t let the price bog you down as now it is not uncommon to travel to distant places in search of an affordable package like hair transplant in Turkey.
Yes, stress-induced weight gain is a common phenomenon as some of us may tend to eat a large quantity of food especially high-calorie food to satisfy our emotional needs even when we are not hungry.
Due to this, we are at risk of piling on a lot of weight, but adopting stress management skills like yoga and meditation can help a lot. Also, eat when you are really hungry and its best to stick to a healthy diet that includes a lot of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Not thinking about ‘diets’ and just adopting a ‘different’ way of eating works well for some people.
Have you ever wondered why at times of stress we suffer from pimples/acne? Well, our skin becomes more reactive and sensitive due to stress due to which the skin glands produce more oil. As you know, oily skin is conducive to more acne problem.
In life you cannot completely avoid stress; however, you can always learn to handle it better. Exercise regularly as it works wonders for your body including the skin. Take proper care of the skin and keep it well moisturised. Proper sleep is very important for your well-being so get enough of it. Easier said than done – someone needs to tell the little people in our lives this!
Greying of hair
You must have heard the saying ‘stress causes grey hair’. I frequently say my children make me grey! Usually, stress causes hair loss or hair shedding, but you must have noticed that people in high-stress jobs tend to have premature greying of hair. This may not be the direct fallout of stress but yes it can be safely said that stress may bring on premature greying of hair.
Make it a point to have a meal which is rich in protein and other important minerals and vitamins. Consult a doctor so that he/she may prescribe vitamins supplements to overcome greying of hair at a young age. Use hair products which are rich in protein like keratin.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Constant frowning and furrowing your eyebrows at times of stress can cause fine lines in that area and over a period of time, it may become deep set. These expressions come to us subconsciously when we are in tension.
Learn to relax your muscles. Plus use a good anti-aging cream and keep your skin well hydrated. Other than this, there are many cosmetic procedures that give wonderful results like Botox, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing, as well as plenty of home treatments you can use.
The bottom line is stress has to be handled well and if you have problems overcoming it talk to your family and friends. Don’t hesitate in consulting a therapist as they are well qualified to help you out.
How does stress affect you?