The Giant List of 10 Ways to De-Stress and Save Your Hair


It’s well-documented that stress can cause your hair to fall out. Don’t let stress get to your head (literally and figuratively). Take proactive measures today to de-stress and save yourself the trouble (and stress) of stressing out your hair and scalp.

1. Exercise

Exercise, from lifting weights to going for a short walk, release feel-good hormones called endorphins that lift your mood and banish stress. Plus exercise can improve blood flow to your skin surface, including your scalp, so your hair follicles are healthier.

2. Supplements

Try omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium. Both are proven dietary supplements that help to calm your nervous system.

3. Light a candle

There’s a reason we like to light a candle to relax. The flickering light sets a mood that tells your mind to slow down and enjoy the moment.

4. Sniff essential oils

The nose knows. Sniff your way to a more relaxed, stress-free mood with aromatherapy. Essential oils that have classically been known to calm a stressed person include lavender, which you can add to your bath water or spritz onto your pillow.

5. Drink less coffee

Coffee prompts the release of the stress hormone called cortisol. Reduce your caffeine habit and you might reduce your stress.

6. Journal

Write out your feelings. It can help you decompress after a long day and help you to sleep better at night.

7. Hang Out

Spending time with friends and family helps you release stress and anxiety.

8. Laugh

Laughter is medicine. Whether it’s laughing with friends or watching a comedy, smiling and laughing release positive mood-inducing hormones and lower stress and tension in your body and mind.

9. Set Boundaries

One reason we might feel stressed is because we’ve said yes to too many things. Learn to set boundaries and only say yes to the things we can manage. It’s never too late to start.

10. Don’t Procrastinate

Speaking of never being too late, push pause on procrastination. This can be a common source of stress and anxiety when we push back on work projects or family time.