Well, let me be candid here…It’s been 2 years since my divorce and I’m one year into the process of reinventing myself. I decided to write this article because right now, I am at a place where I am battling stress and it has effected me physically in a very obvious way. My hair! Since the spring, my hair has started to shed (fall out) and break off from stress.
I tried to wait as long as I could to color (cover) the gray in my hair because I wanted to wait until my hair was in better shape before I did anything to it. So, I went to see my stylist, who is wonderful at evaluating and helping as much as she can with recommendations to help stop the hair loss. We decided to color it dark because it is the least damaging to my hair and to cut off the damaged hair, which meant that now my hair is much shorter than I had been wearing it over the past few years.
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So, here are some ideas that will be helpful to you that I’m doing to relieve the stress in my life:
- Anchor your hope and trust in God. You may have another belief system and I respect that. The important thing to remember here is to plug into a higher power because relying on your own strength and understanding is for the birds. I know I can’t get through this alone. I need God to help, guide and strengthen me. Period. Putting my trust in Him centers my thoughts and emotions. He gives me the confidence to take another step.
- Make your physical health a high priority. Lack of sleep is always an issue. Do what is necessary to get as much rest as possible. It’s the time when your body is healing, rejuvenating and being refreshed for the following day. I am switching around and/or eliminating the things that aren’t absolutely necessary so I can focus more on my business and a few other high priority things in my life. I’m also eating better by incorporating more vegetables and dietary supplements that are helping my hair to grow back strong and healthy.
- Get good people around you. When you’re in this fight, you have to cut off (or limit a much as possible) all the negative, low energy, toxic people in your life because they will do nothing but bring you down. That’s the last thing you need when you’re struggling to stay positive and move forward. If you feel that you don’t have good people, go get some. They’re all around you. They’re at your church. They’re friends of some of you friends. One of them may even be a counselor that you need to talk to, to get through this difficult season. You will recognize them because they are the folks who are cheering you on, calling to check on you and always speaking words of life and encouragement over you. Thank goodness I have a small support network of wonderful ladies and a couple of gentlemen who do just that for me.
Radical times require radical measures. Do what you need to do to stay healthy and positive so you can accomplish all the things that are on your heart. And stay tuned, I’m working on getting my hair back to the fierce and mighty crown it was before!
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be mental health advice. It is not a substitute for mental health advice. If you need mental health services, please seek a licensed counselor in your area.