It has sometimes been said that aging is inevitable, but that looking old is optional! Although we all age, we deal with it in different ways, with different results. So what are some of the secrets of those enviable people who manage to look far younger than their years?
Determine how much sleep your body needs a night and then make sure you get it. Lack of good regular sleep is a possible cause of premature aging. Just because you’re getting older does not mean that you need less sleep. Our bodies function better when they have had a full nights sleep. Studies have shown that it is very hard to recover from a sleep deficit so keep to a pattern as much as possible.
Whiten your teeth to take some serious years off of your age. Years of drinking coffee and wine and smoking can do a serious number of the appearance of our teeth. Shave off some years by having your teeth professionally whitened. The difference it makes will astound you.
Always try to learn new things. Older people are wiser, so you should work on furthering your intelligence as you grow. Taking college courses and doing crossword puzzles are a couple of examples of things you can do to stimulate your mind.
Be sure to protect your skin from the sun. Getting a bit of sun each day can be very beneficial but be sure to wear sunscreen while you do it. Overexposure can lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer. Taking care of your skin is vital to living a long and healthy youthful life.
Stop multitasking! Your mind cannot function the way that it once did. You will find it easier and far less stressful if you do not try to accomplish as many things at once. Avoiding stress is important as you get older to avoid doing damage to your heart and your body.
Want to live a long life and enjoy the aging process? To live longer, stay positive. Studies have demonstrated that those who have a positive attitude also tend to have a longer and healthier life. Look for the humor in life. Laughter can lower that high blood pressure and help drain the stress right out of your body. Numerous studies have shown the positive powers of laughter and how it makes you feel better.
As you start getting older, your metabolism slows down. So if you aren’t at a weight you are comfortable with now, it will be even harder to keep your weight under control as you age. Take up exercise and get moving regularly, preferably 3 to 4 days a week.
Each night, sleep a minimum of 7 to 9 hours. Insufficient sleep can lead to diseases from depression to heart disease, and has been linked to cancer. Exercise helps. Some doctors recommend melatonin (a hormone produced in humans by the pineal gland) or L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea. See an age management physician for healthy sleeping advice.
If your goal is to age gracefully and with dignity, it is our hope that the contents of this article have been helpful to you. You are, after all, only as old as you feel! So if you still feel young at heart, let that reflect in how you look!