We love an awareness month here on the PHL blog, especially when the cause is close to our hearts (and our hair follicles). How many times a week would do you describe yourself as being stressed? Once? Twice? Three times? Everyday? Unless your answer is 0, you need to keep reading through this blog post….
April has been known as ‘Stress Awareness month’ for over 20 years now, with the aim to raise awareness and teach people how to cope with their stress.
To start, we’re going to define stress. What is it? Well, stress is the body’s immediate response or reaction to a pressurised situation or specific period of time in one’s life. No two stressors are the same. For one person, it could be deadlines at work or monetary issues, for another it could be parental stress or relationship woes. Even though every stressful situation is different, they should all be taken seriously.
Ever heard of the ‘fight or flight’ response? This is the decision our brains are faced with when we are in stressful situations. High pressure situations are not always a bad thing, hormones like adrenaline can be beneficial if you were to be running a marathon or participating in extreme sports, but if you are in contact with the stressor on a regular basis, it can have detrimental effects on your physical and mental wellbeing.
So what are the common causes of stress?
- Being unhappy at work
- Too much responsibility
- Public speaking
- Financial uncertainty
- Illness or injury
- Traumatic events
On the other hand, not all stressor are external. Overthinking, worrying about situations, resisting change and having unrealistic expectations are all factors which can cause stress.
Now, let’s get one thing straight…everyone will feel stressed at one time or another in their lifetime, it’s completely normal! However, if you are feeling continuously stressed by the same situation, you need to make a change.
You may be thinking, what’s stress got to do with PHL? Well, let me tell you…
Stress can play a huge part in hair loss. If your hair growth cycle is disturbed by other factors of the body i.e. stress, it can cause hair loss. A type of hair loss caused by stress is called telogen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium occurs when there is a disturbance in the normal hair cycle. Causes of the disturbance can be things like trauma, childbirth, illness or stressful events. If you are suffering from telogen effluvium, you may notice increased hair fall whilst brushing or washing your hair.
Telogen effluvium has no definitive cure, however, most find that once their trigger is removed from the situation, their hair begins to improve. If you’re feeling stressed, talk about it. A friend, family member or even a stranger, a problem shared is a problem halved as they say. If you think you need further advice or guidance, contact your GP.
PHL products can help your thinning or patchy hair. Our products support and encourage a healthy hair growth cycle. Contact us for more information.
Want to test how stressed you are? Click here to take the stress test on the Stress Management Society’s website!