We want to feel as young and vibrant as long as we possibly can. While we can’t make our bodies immortal there are a lot of things we can do to live our lives to combat the aging doldrums. Here are 7 tips that will keep you looking as young as you feel.
1. Eat Right
Eat like the life you want depends upon it because it does. If you want to be healthy and full of energy eat the foods that will accomplish this goal. It’s unrealistic to expect to think clearly, sleep soundly and move well if we don’t provide our bodies with the nutrients to do so. Proper nutrition isn’t some short term diet, it’s’ a long-term lifestyle change. Less soda, more water. Less alcohol, more tea. Less sugar, more fruits. You don’t have to eat less, just eat what’s right for the healthy life you want to live.
2. Nourish Your Skin
Your skin is your largest and fastest-growing organ. It is your first line of defense against illness and disease. Beautiful, youthful, and vibrant skin begins with exceptional skin care. The time and effort to take good care of your skin rewards you again and again each day. What you put on your skin is just as important as what you put into your body. As in your food, you don’t want to lather your skin with chemical laden lotions and potions. Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness. You want to see this reflection each morning as you look in the mirror. When you love the skin you’re in you exude a youthful confident glow that attracts and inspires those around you.
3. Enjoy exercise
Too many people either shun exercise completely or grudgingly force themselves to work out. While generally valued exercise is considered a burden rather than a joy. The truth is exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling. When you exercise you feel alive, full of the energy of your youth. Exercise increases your blood flow to the brain which promotes alertness and mental focus. Furthermore, exercise is known to reduce stress. There is nothing that ages the mind and body more than stress. So, don’t watch the ticking clock of aging. Do what it does, keep going!
4. Get Plenty of Sleep
As we age the quality of our sleep shows more prominently on our faces. Dark circles, fine lines and pallid complexions replace a vibrant shine. When you sleep your body produces collagen, a key ingredient found in firm, youthful skin. Your skin’s capacity to hold water is also enhanced by sleep keeping the skin supple and moisturized. Growth hormones that play a central role in initiating cellular repair peak during deep sleep. So, early to bed and early to rise can really make you healthy youthful and wise.
5. Cultivate Friendships
Research has shown that those who enjoy good friendships have a lower risk of dying from any cause. The people with the best real social networks have a fifty percent lower mortality risk. We’re not talking about online social networks here. Cultivate friendships that are in-person where you can reach out and touch someone, like with a hug. Hugs are known to remove stress from the body. Spending time with loved ones can lower blood pressure. Friendships seem to have the healing power to counteract other negative factors in life such as work stress or family problems. Cultivate friendships that make you feel good, ditch the ones that don’t.
6. Be of Service
Age is an attitude as much as it is a number. We feel vitality and relevancy of our youth when we continue to make a meaningful contribution. At the end of our lives we won’t think about the stuff we have. We will reflect upon whether or not we made a difference. American author and biographer who worked with Mark Twain once said that what we do for ourselves dies within us. What we do for others and the world remains and is mortal. If you want longevity lift others. Be sure to include yourself in the group of people you serve.
It is often said, laughter is the best medicine. A good laugh and a good sleep will cure most of the worry and stress that ages our skin and bodies. Besides, life is better when you’re laughing. There’s some scientific truth behind the old adage. Laughter makes the blood flow more freely. It activates the body’s natural relaxation respond providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles. Laughter is known to increase resilience, combat depression, boost immunity, relieve pain and make you feel fully alive. You’ll spend more time living your life rather than aging through it.
The world’s biggest power is the expression youth and beauty in a woman. In that, youth has no age. It is entirely within your power to feel and be young all the days of your life.