7 Simple Stay Young Secrets
Have you noticed that you smile more when it’s sunny? It’s amazing how much happier a little sunshine can make you feel, especially after a very long winter. The good news is that having a happy expression will make you appear years younger than you actually are according to a study published in the journal Psychology and Aging. After discovering this little nugget I thought I’d share with you a few other secrets to help you stay young …
#1 Smile more 🙂
German researchers asked 154 men and women of different ages to guess the age of people in 1000 photographs. The photos portrayed a variety of expressions from angry and sad to neutral and happy. The models didn’t wear any make up or glasses. The study participants frequently guessed the age of those with neutral expressions correctly but guessed a much younger age for those who were smiling and perceived them to be more positive people. So do want to appear younger and positive….just smile!
#2 Sleep can rejuvenate you
The bad news for insomniacs is that research shows that sleep deprivation can cause your skin to age faster. Poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging and weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself at night. The good news is that there are many ways you can try and improve the quality of your sleep through therapies, nutrition, changing habits and having time to ‘switch off’ and wind down before bedtime. My FREE mini programme 7 Days to Self Care has a whole section dedicated to helping you improve your sleep. Click here for more.
#3 Keep your cells young with regular exercise
Telomeres are the protective ends of chromosomes that affect how quickly cells age. Shorter telomeres = cells age and die quickly. Exercise helps to maintain the length of telomeres and apparently working up a sweat regularly can keep you up to nine years younger so how are you going to work up a sweat? …Sadly saunas don’t count!
#4 Antioxidants have a big part to play …
…and this is not just in your skincare products but in your diet. As well as preventing premature skin aging antioxidants also help to prevent cancer and heart disease and reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease. Eat a rainbow! Nourish your body with the food you choose.
#5 Make friends and live longer
Good relationships are vital to health and longevity. A loving partner or having a group of warm and supportive friends can help you live longer. When we have someone we love and care for research shows that we benefit both mentally and physically; maybe this is why studies have consistently shown that married people live longer. Studies also show that volunteering can help you to live longer. It helps you to make new friends as well as reducing stress. If you’re interested in volunteering Carshalton Lavender are looking for new volunteers so click here for details.
#6 Take a break.
People who regularly go on holiday are less likely to die prematurely. When was the last time you took a mini break?
#7 Don’t dwell on age
Research from the US suggests that just thinking about the clock ticking away can actually impact the ageing process. If you keep thinking about negative stereotypes of ageing you could end up feeling very depressed. Instead focus on the positive aspects of ageing like having more time to do the things you enjoy, try new things, spend time with family & friends.
I hope this blog has been a quick reminder of some of the simple ways you can help yourself stay young and healthy. Now ask yourself what one thing can you do to help yourself stay young and healthy? Please do share in the the comments below…
Until next time,
Take care of YOU!