Life is stressful - but we don’t always have to live that way. Did you know that stress is a huge factor in scalp care? Our bodies respond to overwhelming emotions physically, and intense stress can often cause damage to our scalps over time. Here are 5 ways to reduce stress everyday.
- Create a routine. Patterns and routines help our minds feel more organized and less overwhelmed. Even if you’re a type B person, try incorporating small pieces of structure into your day. For example, establishing a solid nighttime routine (like turning the tv off by 10pm, brushing your teeth, finishing a glass of water, and being in bed with a book by 10:30) gets your mind accustomed to slowing down and sinking into true rest for the evening.
- Practice deep breathing. It’s crazy how much something as instinctive as breathing can affect our everyday stress levels. When feeling stressed or anxious, practice this breathing exercise: breathe deeply for 4 counts, hold for 3 seconds, and release slowly for 6 counts. Repeat 3-5 times. This cycle tells your body that it can ease out of fight, fight or freeze mode, which helps level out your cortisol levels.
- Schedule your overthinking. We already know what you’re thinking - this is the most overthinking statement ever! But it actually makes a world of difference. If your mind won’t stop running in circles, literally mark out 5 minutes on your calendar as “worry time”. Then, when your brain tries to pull you back into the cycle, gently remind it that you have that on the books already and you’re going to wait til then. When the time comes, get out a paper and pen and write out every stressful situation and anxiety for 5 straight minutes. When time is up, close that mental door for the day and have something positive ready to shift your focus to.
- Stop scrolling. We are so addicted to our screens that we turn to them in our most anxious moments - even if they’re causing the anxiety! When you’re feeling stressed, stop the scroll. Instead of filling your mind with distractions, take a minute to slow down, breathe, and do nothing - even if it’s literally only for 60 seconds.
- Get it out. Call a friend. Write in your journal. Record a voice note if no one can pick up the phone. Getting those stressors out of your head and onto paper or into a friend’s ear is a great way to visualize that our problems are not as vast and endless as they can sometimes feel - especially when we tend to replay our issues on a loop internally!
- Eat a balanced diet. One of the best ways to lower stress is to nourish your body with the food it needs to thrive. By eating enough calories and choosing the right foods, you can not only help manage stress but also give your body some of the nutrients it needs for healthy hair. One of our favorite healthy snacks is matcha energy balls—a quick treat that keeps your body ready to handle whatever comes your way.
The Divi Team