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This Is What You Need To Know To Avoid Hair Loss

This Is What You Need To Know To Avoid Hair Loss

People generally find something unusual with their body that they are not familiar with. Symptoms like hair loss, pimples, obesity, weakness etc are some of the signals that our body gives us that directly mean that something isn’t right with the body. Our body works in a perfect equilibrium and when this equilibrium is disturbed, our body gives visible signs before it’s too late. Like many other symptoms, hair loss is also related to many deficiencies.

Have you ever thought why, suddenly, your hair stopped growing and there’s no new hair in sight? Usually, you link hair loss to dietary factors, a bad lifestyle that includes junk food, hair color, bad haircut, hair sprays, hair gels, too much experiment with hairs, bad hygiene etc. But the reality is that hormone imbalance causes hair loss. Hormones constantly change during each stage of life and it adapts and helps you in different ways.

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Hormonal Imbalance and Hair Loss

Hair loss largely happens because of hormonal imbalance. Hair loss is not as common in women because women have more estrogen than men and estrogen helps in balancing out the effects of androgens, that is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), that typically leads to female hair loss. Other hormonal imbalances like thyroid and genetic hormones result in autoimmune conditions that also cause hair loss and premature balding in women.

Emotional Stress and Hair Loss

Although women don’t have as much testosterone as men, but when women undergo intense stress, the adrenal glands become overworked due to an increased demand for the “stress hormone” known as cortisol. This causes the body to produce more adrenaline and testosterone, and DHT, a stronger alternative of testosterone. The over production of these hormones can sometimes cause thinning of hair due to the outcome of hormone imbalance. Stress is not only bad for our body, but for hair too; nowadays, people are taking pain treatments because of all the stress they have on their lives.

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Hair Loss after Pregnancy

It’s normal for every woman to experience hair loss after pregnancy when her hormones are not in particular order. Hormones take a time to come to a normal condition after delivery, so it’s quite common for post-partum mothers to experience thinning of the hair and even bald patches. In cases such as these, the hair loss due to hormonal imbalance is only temporary and treatment sometimes isn’t required. After delivery, women can expect hair to re-grow naturally after a few months. But if the hair fall continues after one year, there are chances of something else going on.

Hair Loss and The Pill

Many medications can also have a negative effect on the health of your hair. Once again, it can be traced back to hormonal imbalances as medications are known to affect this. Perhaps the most common in women is the contraceptive pill. These days, millions of women use the contraceptive pill each year to avoid unwanted pregnancy. It is recommended that women should consider using a low-androgen index birth control pill to avoid the effects of DHT, especially women with a predisposition to hair loss. To avoid hormonal imbalance, women should exercise caution with any hormonal medication or therapy, as they all induce prompt hair loss.

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Treating Hair Loss in Women

If you’re having hair loss and your age is above 40, or are blessed with a baby, chances of hormonal imbalance are higher than normal. In such conditions, you should do your hormone imbalance test at home UK: estrogen, testosterone, thyroid hormones and cortisol are the hormonal tests that can help you to identify if your hair loss is hormonal or genetic. Your diet may also have an effect and your overall lifestyle can contribute to the problem of hair loss due to hormonal imbalance.

If you are experiencing sudden hair fall or something unusual like thinning of hair despite maintaining a good lifestyle, then you must turn to professionals who can tell you the exact reason behind your query.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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