It is a well recognised and widely recorded fact that a vast proportion of the human population do, or will suffer from varying degrees of stress at some point in their lives. For many it is a constant and ongoing process.
Given this unfortunate reality I cannot over emphasise the importance and significance stress and tension play in regard to the proper functioning of our bodies.
Just as it is impossible for our body and mind to radiate health and harmony whilst subjected to the effects caused by stress – so to it is equally impossible to obtain optimum “Hair and Scalp Fitness” whilst experiencing unnecessarily high levels of this same, emotionally and physically debilitating condition.
You will note that I state, “whilst experiencing unnecessarily high levels of stress” with the emphasis intended to rest firmly on the unnecessarily high component of the statement. I am not for a moment suggesting you run up to the hilltops of Tibet, wrap yourself in cotton wool or in some other way attempt to escape the reality of your workplace or home environment.
Is Stress Causing Your Hair Loss?
What I am alerting you to however is that stress is an enemy of the hair – just as it is an enemy of the body. To be aware of this fact affords the opportunity to consciously set out to eliminate or greatly reduce the power of this uninvited intruder into your life.
The observations of clinical studies into the prevalence of stress in our society show that the percentage of bald or balding people has increased greatly over the last 25 years. It is reasonable to conclude that this increase is due partly at least to the alarming stresses and strains placed on most people from a very early age.
From their early years children compete for parents or teachers attention. They become emotionally upset by the consequences of grading poorly in exams. University students become stressed at the prospect of obtaining degrees only to find employment prospects dismal. Young married couples are easy prey for the peer pressure associated with “keeping up with the Jones’s”.
Jealousy, envy, greed and worry are allies of stress. Only when we teach ourselves to remain calm, to control stress and not have it control us, can our bodies and minds truly function as they should.If you are suffering from the effects of tension and stress remember it is not doing your hair any good and can be controlled.
Exercise is widely recognised not only for the benefits of promoting and maintaining optimum cardiovascular (heart and circulation) tone and fitness – but regular and habitual exercise is in itself natures own great stress reducer.
Unfortunately, human chemistry is such that no one answer is right for all. Whilst Yoga, Meditation, exercise and other activities have proved beneficial to many – ultimately it is up to you to determine the avenue of approach best suited, based on your own beliefs and experiences.
Further evidence of the need to harmonise body and mind are reports from psychologists and sex therapists that list hair loss as the major concern of the male patient seeking help and guidance.
This condition left untreated takes on Catch 22 proportions as obviously in these circumstances the more hair loss, the more worry, the more worry the more potential hair loss. Eliminating stress as much as possible or by recognising it and working to control it, will produce quicker results and at the same time greatly enhance your quality of life.