By CysterWigs Contributor

As common as hair loss is, you would think that most people understand the basic mechanisms of how it caused and a sense of effective treatment options. However, this is not always the case. There are so many old wives’ tales and fake news articles on the topic that it can be hard to know who to trust or what to do when you find yourself in this predicament.

We’ve taken a few of the most common hair loss myths and debunked them for you. Some are more outrageous than others and they actually might make you chuckle as you read along.

Standing on your head will make your hair grow back.

This inversion method requires you to stand on your head for three to five minutes to allow extra blood flow to your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Some people report that they have noticed upwards of an inch of growth in two weeks. Now before you reach for your yoga mat and head for the nearest wall, remember that the brain is situated just under the scalp and has an ample blood supply. Also, there are no recorded cases of hair loss due to low blood supply.

Male pattern baldness is passed down through the mother only.

Genetic androgenic alopecia is a dominant trait and can be passed down from either parent. Even if you father doesn’t have hair loss but your maternal grandfather did, it is likely you will. Also, there is not just one gene for hair loss. There are many different types affected by several factors which may or may not be genetic. In these cases, it may only be expressed from a small genetic factor and be majority environmental or the other way round.

Shampooing daily will make your hair fall out.

Regular shampooing with good quality products won’t have any effect on existing hair loss or cause your hair to fall out. All it will do is keep your hair clean or in the worst case scenario encourage excess oil production and make it feel a little more greasy. Weird right?!?

Biotin and other supplements make your hair grow back.

There are no scientific studies that show that Biotin has any effect on hair loss. In fact, it can actually cause severe acne and other side-effects in high doses. Supplements should only be taken when directed by physician to treat a deficiency. If incorrect amounts of vitamins and minerals are ingested, they could have negative effects on the body, including throwing off it’s sensitive balance.

Cutting your hair will make it grow back faster.

Your hair grows from the roots not the tips, so cutting the ends will not have any effect on the rate of hair growth. It is important to note that if you suffer from breakage, trimming the hair can prevent split ends and damage to the hair shaft. If your hair is damaged, it will seem like your hair isn’t growing.

So now when you hear these myths about hair loss, we hope you’ll be able to hit people with a few truths and educate the masses.

By CysterWigs’ Contributor

Ask anyone who has ever experienced an anxiety attack; they’d say their symptoms feel more physical than emotional. Often times, anxiety and depression send both the brain and body into survival mode. When feelings of stress or trauma are present from being brought on by a stressful life event, anxiety tends to manifests itself into symptoms immediately or even years after the event has occurred. This can often result in a variety of physical symptoms including panic attacks, headaches, pounding heart, breathing problem, high blood pressure, upset stomach, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

Chronic long-term anxiety and depression can eventually produce serious strain or even damage on the body if gone untreated. So, it’s essential to identify and treat emotional stress immediately.

How can you decrease feelings of anxiety? Here are some simple solutions.

Make a playlist of songs that make you feel strong or peaceful.

Music is often used as a common coping mechanism to put listeners into a calmer state of mind. Nothing seems to work better than taking deep breaths and focusing on the positive lyrics of the right songs.

Work it out.

Take yoga classes or start walking/jogging. Cardio exercise will allow you to temporarily separate yourself from the thoughts that are making you anxious. During times of physical activity, you’ll get the opportunity to clear your mind, release tension, and think of healthier solutions for what may be bothering you.

Practice self care.

Whether it’s as simple as taking a nap, soaking in a bubble bath, or going out with a group of friends—take the extra time for yourself. Indulge in the activities that make you genuinely happy. And when things get hectic, step away, shut off your phone, and go somewhere peaceful and quiet to relax and recharge.

Write it down.

When your mind feels as if it’s running a marathon, the best way to organize your thoughts is to write them down. Writing out your frustrations and fears will allow you to self-reflect and meditate. You’ll also be able to monitor your moods and stay in tune with any possible triggers so you can take the appropriate steps to heal.

Do some cleaning.

Getting rid of any clutter in your living spaces can eliminate the negative, chaotic atmosphere you may have around you. Throwing away old clothing, cleaning out a medicine cabinet, or doing a deep clean of any surface in your home, can help relieve anxiety. You can even blast an upbeat playlist while you’re working to make your cleaning session more manageable!

These are just a few simple things you can do to help alleviate anxiety. If you feel like your anxiety is consuming you, it’s okay to seek out the help of a professional. Don’t struggle alone. Anxiety affects nearly 40 million adults in the United States. The good news is, when you seek help, most anxiety disorders are treatable. So reach out and get the help you need so you can get better.

By CysterWigs’ Contributor

Everyone feels down every now and again. It’s natural. Sometimes our moods will affect our productivity and even the quality of our lives. Fortunately, there are many ways to counter negative feelings. Being happy doesn’t have to involve a complete overhaul of your emotions. There are simple things you can start doing that will completely revitalize your outlook on life. Each one is easy and enjoyable. Implementing these habits and activities will only take 30 minutes to an hour a day and have been proven to bring a little more happiness to people’s lives.

1. Starting A Gratitude Journal

Starting a gratitude journal is one simple thing that you can do to help you focus on the positive things in your life. Sometimes, it’s easy to let a bad experience or two dictate how your day will go. But this simple technique can help you end the day on a positive note.

Every night before bed, write down three good things that happened that day. By consistently reflecting on the good moments of your life, you will develop a positive perspective going forward. This exercise helps cultivate gratitude, which plays a pivotal role in how happy you are. In no time at all, you’ll be able to see things in a positive light. If they are comfortable with it, get your friends or family members involved. Ask them to share three positive things they experienced that day. Sharing and recording these good memories will help bring you closer together and lighten things up before you go to sleep. As an added bonus, you’ll have an entire book of good memories to read through next time you’re feeling down.

2. Taking A Walk In the Sunshine

Taking a walk outside is an easy way to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and get in a little exercise. Sunlight stimulates your brain to create serotonin, the chemical most closely related with happiness. The rays of the sun also tell your body to produce vitamin D, which is crucial for health and brain function. Meanwhile, exercise is the number one way to boost your mood and energy levels. Exercise does not have to be EXTREME or super-intense for you to benefit from it either. Something as simple as a walk can reduce stress, while increasing your positivity and productivity. Getting even just a little bit of exercise will also improve your sleep, which will help your brain get refreshed so you can wake up in a positive mood.

3. Calling At Least One Person Important to You Everyday

Socialization is one of the most important factors of human happiness. Even though we might have those days when we don’t want to see or talk to another person, communicating with loved ones reinforces our feelings of contentedness and gratitude. No matter how introverted or distant you feel, calling at least one family member or friend a day will improve your mood and life. It’s very easy to do, especially with a hands free headset. Turn walking your dog, doing your dishes or grocery shopping into a time to catch up and connect with other people. Planning who you are going to call can also help since science suggests we are happier when we have something to look forward to. Verbal connection is a simple human desire that will do wonders for your outlook on life.

4. Writing A Thank You Letter

Studies have shown that one of the most scientifically sound ways to boost your levels of happiness is to express gratitude. In fact, a 2012 study showed that practicing gratitude could increase you happiness by as much as 25%! This is because gratitude is the emotion that takes delight in the things we already have. Starting a gratitude journal is a good way to begin developing this emotion. The next best thing you can do is share your gratitude with a loved one. If someone has meant a lot to you in the past, start writing an email or handwritten letter for them, it’s an activity that will bring joy to both of you. It doesn’t matter how small their deed or role was. Thanking people in your life and telling them what they mean to you is a surefire way to increase your happiness.

By Julia

Everyone wants to live a healthy life. Because of this, we often implement diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes to achieve this goal. However, setbacks and stumbling blocks tend to cause us to get discouraged. As a result, many health and wellness goals are often abandoned before encouraging progress is made.

There are specific attributes which should be kept in mind while setting realistic health and wellness goals. Make sure they’re:

Rational – Your approach should be realistic rather than idealistic. It’s important to always keep the objectives by thinking rationally and logically.
Achievable – Your goal should be such that you can achieve that in a specific time-frame without jeopardizing another required task.
Appropriate – The target should be accustomed to your desires, not to someone else’s wants.
Quantifiable – Measurable goals will inspire you to go a long way in obtaining the pre-defined goal.

Here are few things to help you set, keep and reach your health and wellness goals.

Eat Better

In the minds of some people, eating better means dieting or depriving oneself. That shouldn’t be the case. It is the quality of your diet, and not necessarily the amount consumed, that determines its impact on your health. Better nutrition means making better choices.

For example, consuming more fruits, vegetables, fish and high-fiber foods is a simple and effective strategy. Limiting your intake of alcohol, salt, high-calorie foods and high-fat or high-sugar foods will also help you clean up your diet. Aim for the long term to reap the full benefits of your approach. Have more home-cooked meals. It always feels better when you eat at home. You tend to spend less money and eat healthier. Grabbing a few new cookbooks can help refresh your inspiration to cook.

Try To Be More Present

Life is so busy and loud with numerous distractions. Endeavor to be more present. That means taking a chance to savor each moment. It can be at home when you’re with your family. Try to be there physically and mentally. This implies knowing when to put your phone down and give them your complete attention. Or, maybe you don’t know when to disconnect from work. Make an effort to unplug daily after a certain time, or try to avoid working on the weekends. It’s important to take time out to recharge and get centered.

Get out more

The more you spend more time in your room, the lower your spirits will sink. Form it as a habit to go on a nearby hour-long walk in natural settings. This can have a significant uptick in your overall mood and wellness. Something as simple as a brisk daily walk can help improve your health and wellness. For instance, brisk walking can help you: improve your balance and coordination as well as help improve your mood. The farther and more often you walk, the greater the benefit(s). Also, this can have a positive impact on people who’ve endured recent stressful experiences.

Make time for quiet time or “me time”

Daily life can be so loud. It’s vital to your mental health to sneak away for at least 20 free minutes to enjoy some “me time.” It can be stealing away for a few minutes to read, take an uninterrupted bath, or paint your nails. To get in the habit of taking a little “me time” daily, try taking yours at the same time every day.

Get some rest and manage your stress

For you to stay active and at the top of your health, your body needs rest. Stress can cause sleep disturbances and, conversely, lack of sleep can contribute to stress. Good sleep hygiene is therefore essential to physical and mental health, as well as good stress management.

How many hours a day do you sleep on average? It may be time to work on getting more if you’re not getting six to eight hours a night. When it comes to stress, it is challenging to quantify or eliminate it, but it can be better managed. Recognized stress management techniques such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and massage therapy can be beneficial.

Experts say that if you want to achieve any goal, it is necessary to remind yourself every day about it. Health and wellness goals are an ongoing process. Therefore, there is a need to maintain it further to remain healthy. So, changing the way you carry out daily activities will encourage and inspire you to perform better. Therefore, setting goals can help you develop inner strength and the endurance to fulfill your aspirations.

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By CysterWigs’ Contributor

If self-care isn’t a regular part of your routine, it should be. What is it? It’s the act of simply taking care of yourself. It could involve a grand gesture like spending a day at the spa, or it could be as simple as taking 10 minutes out of your day to meditate in a quiet space. Self-care time allows us to temporarily set aside our worries, stressors and attachments so we can put ourselves first.

Sometimes, it might feel like we’re way too busy to step away from our jobs or home situations. And some people might even feel guilty or feel like they’re being selfish if they took some time out for themselves. If you’re in that camp, please leave it right now. Believe it or not, the world will not fall apart because you’ve taken a moment or a whole day to tend to yourself. So don’t feel guilty about trying to preserve your mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Self-care helps ensure that we stay fulfilled, refreshed and recharged. It helps combat the effects of stress. Stress can leave you feeling run down and helpless. And if you continue to keep running on that hamster wheel of anxiety, tension or aggravation, it’ll eventually take a toll on your health overall. Acts of self-care can help offset this. So if it helps, put some time on the calendar to do something that relaxes you or improves the quality of your life.

When you’re on the job, you can do the same thing. Set a time during the day for you to leave your desk. You can go for a walk, take a quiet break in your car or go to lunch with a friend. Simple acts like these can help head off complete burnout on the job.

And don’t forget that along with nurturing your mind and spirit, you’ll need to nourish your body as well. This involves eating right and enjoying the foods that love your body right back. No one is saying to deny yourself those special treats. Do what makes you happy. But when you feed your body right, you’ll feel better and probably have more energy.

Never feel bad about putting yourself first. There’s only one you, and you have the right to live your best life. So if you’ve been leaving yourself on the back burner while taking care of everyone else, it’s time to make a change. If you go through life exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed, you won’t be helping anyone–especially yourself.