7. Keep Stress under Control
There are endless numbers of things that can cause stress in life. But instead of allowing stress to take a toll on your health, you must learn to keep it under control. This is one sure mantra of aging well.
Excess stress can cause skin aging at the cellular level, as it can lead to breakdown of the collagen, damage DNA and promote the release of pro-inflammatory factors that can accelerate the aging process.
A 2014 study published in Inflammation Allergy and Drug Targets highlights how skin reacts to stress and the negative impact of chronic stress on skin health.
Plus, stress can cause several chronic diseases including high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease.
To manage stress, meditation and deep breathing are some of the best options to try. Deep breathing aids in circulating more oxygen throughout the body and meditation helps calm your mind and body.
8. Be Social
Leading an active social life is linked to a healthy and longer life.
A 2010 study published in PLoS Medicine found that people who have strong social ties have a 50 percent higher chance of living longer than those with poor or insufficient relationships.
Another 2010 study published in World Psychiatry highlights several factors that enhance successful aging. The factors include social support as well as calorie restriction, physical exercise, cognitive stimulation and optimization of stress.
A study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society in 2011 provides convincing evidence that a socially active lifestyle can help prevent cognitive decline in old age. Highly social seniors had a 70 percent lower rate of cognitive decline as compared to their less social peers.
An active social life is also linked to a decrease in stress as well as depressive symptoms.
Take time out of your busy schedule to spend with your friends and family members. Try to spend time with people of all ages. Also, stay actively involved in your local community.