The answer is 'yes', stress can lead to hair loss.
Hair loss is an emotional topic and can be brought on by high levels of stress. Daily hair shedding is completely normal, but if you notice you are losing more than the typical 50-100 strands of hair a day, it may be time to look at what is happening in your life and make some changes. Everyday acute stressors coupled with more intense chronic stress over financial worries, social isolation, job instability, family issues, and ill health can all contribute to hair loss, leading to thinning hair. Genetics can also play a part in hair loss for some women.
But all is not lost (no pun intended!), there are some easy and practical steps you can take to minimise hair loss and alleviate stress.
Here are 4 self-care tips to minimise stress and help you save your locks.
- Start a daily meditation or mindfulness ritual. Set aside some time before your household wakes up or last thing before bed to sit and just be with your breath. 20 minutes is golden, but 5-10 minutes will also work if done daily. We can recommend https://the10minutemind.com/
- Lower stress hormones and release endorphins with daily exercise. You don’t need to go hard out at the gym (unless this is what you love), a 30 minute walk, yoga, or just even getting up from your desk and stretching is often all you need. You’ll find you are more focused and it’s easier to not ‘sweat the small stuff’. You will also sleep better and we all know that a good night’s sleep is the answer to most problems.
- Practise gratitude to train your mind to think and look for the positive. You may want to write down 10 things you are grateful for that day. Writing can also help to download the internal dialogue that often comes with feeling stressed.
- Put yourself first and take some time out to read, listen to music, create a home spa day or watch your favourite movie.