Written by a contributing writer
Stress. Parents know it well. Having children causes stress and worry every day. And, if you're predisposed to stress, it’ll get more intense after having kids. The calmest person could turn into a worrying wreck when children are involved. In a lot of ways, we should embrace that stress. We stress because we worry, and we worry to keep our kids safe. If we didn’t, we would be failing as parents. But, there has to be a happy medium, right? Everyone needs to unwind now and again. Otherwise, stress could tear you in two. In fact, it’s been proven to cause serious health issues. We've all heard the big risks- heart disease and an increased risk of stroke being just a couple. But, stress also puts you at risk of lesser known issues. If the biggies weren’t enough to convince you to take it easy, these might do the trick.
WHERE’S YOUR HAIR?
Stress is known to play a significant role in hair loss. In extreme circumstances, it can cause conditions like alopecia and telogen effluvium. Why? Because stress sends your body haywire. It affects hormones and general body functions. You may find that your hair thins, or falls out when you’re under extreme stress. And being a parent can be pretty extreme! Hair loss is a vicious cycle. Parenting stress may cause initial loss. Stress about losing that hair will then take over and cause the problem to worsen. If you’re worried this is happening to you, there are steps you can take. It might be worth talking to a hair transplant expert or consulting with your doctor about it.
Many of us think stress leads to weight loss. No one wants to eat when they’re stressing, right? This is true in some cases, but it’s not always the case. Not to mention that weight loss has health implications of its own! But, stress can actually lead to weight gain. Worse, it leads to weight gain around the abdomen, which is what most commonly causes obesity. High levels of stress can increase cortisol production, which causes a fat build up in this area.
Okay, this is definitely a worse case scenario, but it is something we should all be aware of. A study among caregivers under high levels of stress revealed a 63% higher death rate than in those without responsibility. That’s a significant enough amount to give any of us pause for thought. So, giving yourself some time to relax may actually save you in the long run. We all want to live a long and prosperous life for our children. Taking some time for ourselves to just breathe may do more for our health than we realize.
This post is not meant to give medical advice. Please consult a medical professional with any concerns.