The Unexpected Dangers of Stress and How to Combat It

Stress can affect all of us, for many different reasons. It could be work-related stress, relationship stress, financial stress, and so on. There are so many different reasons you might be stressed, but what those reasons are don’t matter, and you should never be embarrassed about the cause. What does matter is prioritizing your well-being, because stress can cause several serious health issues including:

1. A Lowered Immune System 

When your body is stressed it produces adrenaline and other hormones that give you the extra edge and push you to need to deal with the challenge at hand. It is these very hormones, however, that put stress on your immune system, making you susceptible to illnesses.

2. Hair Loss 

Stress, typically, causes the body to produce cortisol, the flight-and-flight instinct that heightens our awareness. High cortisol levels, however, mean that other hormones that promote healthy hair and even cell regeneration aren’t being produced. Similarly, telogen effluvium can occur, where your stress can force many of your actively growing hairs into the telogen (resting) phase, causing an increase in hair loss. In some cases, your body’s immune system could actively attack your hair follicles. Thankfully, in most cases, your hair should return to normal after you have dealt with your chronic stress.

3. Heart Strain 

Stress puts a lot of strain on the body. It can cause stomach issues, muscle pain, but most worryingly, it can cause heart strain. Stress hormones can make your blood vessels constrict as well, which further increases your blood pressure and your risk for heart attack or stroke.

All of these symptoms must be managed, because they can exacerbate the stress you already have, worsening your mental and physical condition. Learn how to combat stress early on, and you can manage it before it becomes a problem. Ways you can relax vary, and include:

1. Healthy Eating 

Healthy eating leads to a healthy body, which in turn can help combat many of the worst symptoms of stress. Aim to eat more fruits and vegetables (which can boost your immune system) and foods that produce serotonin, like those high in fiber. What you should avoid at all costs, however, are foods that cause your blood pressure to rise, like fatty foods, sugar, and caffeine.

2. Meditation Techniques 

Meditation can mean a lot of different things, but the focus here is to break away from your stressors and focus on breathing. Guided relax hypnosis techniques can help you reset your stress, allowing you to break out of the negative downward spiral that chronic stress causes.

3. Improve Your Sleep 

Stress can affect your sleep quality, which is why you should adopt a new bedtime regimen. To start, turn off all electronics in your home off once the sun sets, as it is the blue-light from these devices that can disrupt your circadian rhythm, worsening your sleep on a daily basis. Then, before bed, try the meditation techniques you’ve found work for you. Be consistent with your routine, and you’ll see an improvement in your sleep quality.

4. Start A New Hobby

Starting a new hobby or more deeply pursuing an existing interest is another great way to combat stress. Whether it’s a new sport, taking an online course in photography, or learning a new craft, focused activity helps take the mind off stress inducing thoughts. For example, I am learning how to make my own t-shirts with a heat press. The whole process from making a design, to cutting the design, to pressing it on a t-shirt takes concentration and thought, and I find it very satisfying. I find it very calming and I have a fantastic product to give away or sell at the end!

Don’t let stress get you down. It can be painful, it can be psychology damaging, and it can be fatal. Instead, prioritize your wellbeing and your health, so that you can live a better, happier life.

Hair Loss – What are the best options for Hair Replacement?

Hair loss is a problem that affects both men and women.  Most cases of hair loss are attributed to genetics. Minor cases can be linked to illnesses, medication and stress. Medication used to treat cancer patients (chemotherapy), drugs used for heart related illnesses and birth control pills for women can also lead to hair loss. Ringworm of the scalp and thyroid disease are examples of illnesses that cause hair loss.

Treatments

Treatment depends on the causative factor of the problem. They include drugs, surgery, and lifestyle changes. There are only two drugs permitted by the FDA to cure baldness. They are Rogaine and Propecia.

Rogaine

It is an ointment that is rubbed onto the scalp where there is no hair growth. It is however not very effective in propagating hair growth. Less than 20% of users have reported hair growth since they started using Rogaine. The lotion is more effective in slowing down hair loss than treating baldness.

Propecia

This is the first pill used in treatment of baldness in men. It is very effective, although results may be easily lost once the treatment is discontinued. This drug should be used under the doctor’s guidance and prescription.

Surgery

Baldness can also be cured using hair replacement surgeries, such as scalp reduction and hair transplantation procedures (slit grafting, micro-grafting and punch grafting). The best surgical procedure depends on patient’s circumstances or desires and the type of hair loss. Another procedure that has been used successfully is the Platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Although it was designed to improve the healing process of patients who had undergone joint surgery, PRP has been found to be very effective in treatment of baldness.

PRP involves separation of platelets from plasma. The plasma is then injected into bald scalp. This helps to repair blood vessels, promote cell growth and stimulate production of collagen. These are necessary for hair growth. PRP is safe and has no major side effects apart from redness at the injected area and some minimal pain.

Other Hair Replacement Methods

Hair Grafting

This is a hair transplanting technique where a section of hair-bearing area of the head is removed. It is then cut into small portions each bearing hair, known as grafts. These grafts are finally transplanted into the balding area. Common side effects of hair grafting include lack of sensation on the affected areas, swelling of the scalp, crusting on the removal and transplanted sites and itching at the removal site.

Scalp Reduction

It involves removal of bald section of the scalp. This exposes the hair-bearing skin, which is then stretched to fill the bald area. This procedure can only be done to treat baldness at the back and on top of the head. It does not work for the frontal hairline. It can however be performed jointly with hair grafting. Common side effects of this procedure include: scalp tightness for several months, headaches and pains after surgery.

Non-surgical Method

If you are not particularly comfortable with surgical methods of hair loss treatment, you may opt to use wigs. Wigs are categorized into two: synthetic wigs and human hair wigs. Synthetic wigs are manufactured from artificial fibers, while human hair wigs are created from natural human hair. If you want to have the natural feel of real natural hair on your scalp, then human hair wigs should be your preferred choice. If however you prefer a cheaper alternative towards your balding problem, then synthetic wigs should do the trick. You can visit the website to find out more about the different options of hair loss.