Your doctor said that your hair loss is not genetic, male-pattern baldness, or related to a hormone imbalance… but stress is usually a factor in your thinning hair. It’s not like your stressful job, family, or current environment is going to get any easier – and losing your hair is actually adding to your stress level. So, what’s a good plan for reducing stress and avoiding hair loss?
Meditation might just be the answer you’re looking to find.
Can Meditation Help Hair Growth?
The short answer is… maybe. Fixating on your hair loss and obsessing over every lost strand is definitely not productive. But can meditation for relaxation potentially help?
Some hair loss is due to stress. According to the American Association of Family Physicians, Telogen effluvium is the most common form of stress-related hair loss. Excess stress can cause hair to thin or fall out in quarter-sized areas. This is a form of alopecia, the medical term for hair loss. Telogen effluvium usually resolves itself, and the hair grows back when the stress level is lowered.
Of course, we all know that stress is a factor of modern life. So how do we go about lowering it when we can’t exactly take a month off and hide from the demands of the world?
One option is transcendental meditation. Studies show that in as little as four months, meditation can lower physical indications of stress – like cortisol levels. When your stress level drops, your incidents of hair loss may become much less frequent and you may actually see some new hair growth. While it won’t come back overnight, the end of the hair loss can also help reduce your stress.
Like so many things with stress, hair loss can be a self-perpetuating cycle. You lose your hair because you are stressed and then become stressed about your hair loss.
Can Yoga Improve Hair Growth?
Is meditation not your thing? That’s understandable. It’s not for everyone. Yoga is another alternative.
While many people use yoga as a form of exercise for improved mobility and flexibility, focusing on the right moves and breathing techniques is another way to reduce stress. In fact, yoga is often referred to as a form of “moving meditation.”
Yoga is one of many forms of exercise that can help reduce stress and reducing your stress levels can help fight the hormones that cause increased hair loss. Other good options – depending on what you personally enjoy and have time to incorporate – include walking (especially in a natural setting), swimming, or even relaxation massage.
The key is to reduce your stress levels so your body can focus on being healthy instead of being stressed. Other options may include prescription medication for hair regrowth or other hair restoration treatments.
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