Causes of stress
Everybody knows that stress triggers many health problems. Did you know that it also causes excessive hair loss, dandruff and a greasier scalp? To prevent this from happening, it is good to learn how stress can be avoided.
Experiencing stress on a daily basis is a typical feature of the present day lifestyle. We lead a busy life and always seem to be pressed for time. In all areas of life there is an ever increasing demand to do more and to meet higher standards, and as if this were not enough, people also set higher goals for themselves, wanting to be successful in the workplace, to lead an active family life, maintain close contacts with friends, gain additional education and improve their knowledge, follow the latest fashion trends, etc. So there simply isn't enough time to manage our lives and meet our own needs. Maybe we even fail to ask ourselves if this really is our preferred lifestyle, if it really is necessary and best suited for us.
What triggers stress?
Stress is a response of the body to potential harmful stimuli from the environment. It is triggered by things that happen every day and by our own perception of them, for example worries, sadness, anger, disappointment or dissatisfaction. Two additional stressors are overexertion and the rapid tempo of life, giving rise to a feeling that we are always running out of time and that we are unable to cope with things. Certain feelings that cause inner tension or ambivalence also create stress, for example having a feeling that we are compelled to do something we do not want to do, or that we would like to do something but are not allowed to.
How to identify stress?
Symptoms of stress may be emotional, behavioural or physical.
- poorer concentration, memory loss
- want of resolution
- loss of the sense of humour
- tension, nervousness, agitation
- anxiety, worry, pessimism
- irritability, impatience, anger, aggressiveness, suspiciousness
- indifference, loss of motivation, inability to take decisions
- biting of nails, screaming, swearing, crying
- headache, vertigo, agitation, fatigue, feebleness
- back pain, a feeling of muscular tension
- palpitations, a feeling of shortness of breath
- nausea, vomiting, poor digestion
- sleep disturbances
- loss of appetite or overeating
- increased perspiration, dilated pupils, urinary urgency, dry mouth
What can be done?
Unfortunately it is not possible to completely avoid stress, but we can adapt our lifestyle and learn to alter our self-limiting convictions, get rid of different fears, gain self-confidence and remember to look forward to new challenges. Seeing things from the right perspective has a decisive role in solving problematic issues.
Try to find a balance between the amount of work you do and your leisure time. Learn to say no to tasks that exceed your capacity or you are unable to perform. Forget about perfection and learn to accept the things you cannot change. Find time for yourself to do things you enjoy doing – read a book, take a long walk, or devote your time to pamper and care for your hair.
Getting enough sleep is also very important, as well as regular physical activity and a healthy and balanced diet.