Stress related hair loss

It’s embarrassing, revealing and contributes to low self esteem. Its a horrible cycle of stress leads to negative side effects such as hair loss and hair loss leads to more stress. It can affect hair loss everywhere, from eye lashes to your head. As for me it is my head hair and It comes to no surprise to me anymore when I run my hands through my hair I will be greeted with a handful of lose hair. I would often avoid washing my hair as this shows up the extent to which its falling out and would only wind me up more. With all the stress currently going on in your life and all the negative impacts of that, hair loss is the last thing you should be worrying about.

So here are some ways I try to combat stress related hair loss…

Vitamins – The key ones are Vit C and Zinc. Chances are if you are stressed about something you aren’t eating properly and your body isn’t getting what it needs to function to its maximum capacity meaning your hair isn’t getting what it needs to be strong and healthy!

Don’t towel dry – This can be a really effective and quick way to dry your hair, but its also a very rough way to treat your hair and when it is already weak it does not need that kind of treatment! I just let mine dry naturally and brush it through as little as possible.

Don’t use heat – and if you absolutely have to make sure you use a heat protective spray!

Only use products when necessary – So I have now switched to a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. By only having to repeat the wash and rinse cycle once you are minimising the trauma to your hair. As for hairsprays etc, it is best to let your hair breath and not to coat it in products that are going to damage or weaken it.

Follow a healthy diet – Eating healthily gives your body more energy, enabling it to better cope with stress. Diet also contributes to the strength of hair, making it less likely to fall out.

All of these steps will help, and if nothing else it’s giving you back a little bit of control that you feel you may have lost during a difficult time. From what I have read and been told, if the hair loss is stress related there is no reason it will not regrow once your stress levels have settled.

Much love,

Joanna x

Losing yourself to find yourself

Bit of a different one from me today but it is something I have been thinking a lot about recently… That feeling of ‘losing yourself’. Now if you’re anything like me you spend a lot of the time contemplating where you fit in, where you should be in your life, or if you’re doing the right thing. I’ve recently found a blogger who is making me tackle these questions in a very different way to how I have done previously. Her Instagram posts, blogs and entire backstory really struck some chords. So if these kind of things ring true with you check her out!

https://www.youtube.com/user/Carlyrowena

http://www.carlyrowena.com/

So this post 7 thought processes I try to avoid when I begin to feel that ‘lost’ kinda thing

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1. My least favourite is when I begin to start doubting choices I’ve made. Easier said than done I know but you need to nip these worthless questions in the bud and when they pop up in your head try the hardest you can to stop thinking about them, replace these questions with simple daily life questions, like… what shall I have for tea tonight. You’ve probably been told it a million times before and deep down you know it but there is NOTHING you can do to change the choices so stop wondering ‘what if’ and start wondering ‘where next’.

2. When you start to worry about how your life is affecting others, so long as you are happy in yourself everyone who matters around you will be happy. The key word here is ‘matters’, not everyone around you matters and the ones who aren’t happy for you when you’re happy aren’t worth keeping around. So stop fretting about pleasing everyone and start trying to please yourself and be someone you would be proud of.

3. If you aren’t happy with where your life is, stop wondering why or how you got to this point and start picturing where you want to be. Then take some REAL me time and start working out how you can get there. Research courses you will need to take, places you want to go and the sorts of people you want to meet along the way.

4. When you’re feeling really down, surround yourself with people who love you. Visit family, plan date nights. Sometimes being proactive about life progression is near impossible when your head gets in a rut. Stop being so hard on yourself and just take an afternoon to do something you love with people you love. Tackle the problems when you’re feeling less downtrodden.

5. DO NOT under any circumstances compare yourself to anyone else. This is the worst thing you can do. You are what you make of your life and in the end no one is going to remember you for how much you looked like Kim Kardashian.

6. When you’re questioning yourself, take a few minutes out to think about what you would say to someone who was doing the same thing. Sometimes the best advice comes from yourself and it just takes a few moments away from the situation to work that one out.

7. Remember, no body gets to where they want to be overnight. It takes hard work, determination and patience. As long as you remember this you will not get as frustrated with your current situation in time.   No one got to where they wanted to be without a god damn fight!

Always remember, it is not how you got to where you want to be, all that is important is that you get there.

Much love, 

Joanna xx