I have invented a stress gauge …
Well, sort of, it only works on me.
My friends and family are able to gauge how stressed I am by how many hairs are left in my eyebrows. The more that are missing, the more stressed I am. By the end of a stressful week, I am lucky to escape with the total of one eyebrow (two halves).
I do not exactly pull these eyebrow hairs out. It is more of a process of rubbing. I have never been able to sit still for very long and am always fidgeting with something … even if it happens to be on my own face. So, here I am constantly rubbing at my eyebrow hairs until the follicles give way and fall to the floor.
If the week is only mildly stressful, I usually spare a few hairs and am able to grow them back fairly quickly. However, on one of those rough weeks, I may create bald spots in my eyebrow that actually cause me to rub at it more to fix the irritation caused by the hairs that are rubbed away.
I am completely willing to accept that this is weird.