A Few Lifestyle Practices That Can Keep You Young
For as far back into history as anyone can tell, mankind has been deeply invested in – if not outright obsessed by – the “secret to youth,” and the desire to stay as young as possible, as late into life as possible.
Just consider some of the ancient myths and legends that come down to us from the past, including themes like “fountains of eternal youth,” “elixirs of youth,” and more.
Of course, ageing is inevitable – but there are in fact a lot of things that you can do that can help to slow the general ageing process, and keep you looking and feeling great, as the years move by.
Here are just a few things you can do that can help to keep you young.
Practice good stress management habits and regular relaxation
First things first; we’ve all heard that “stress kills,” and that there is a wide array of undesirable side-effects that come along with being chronically stressed out all the time.
Well, it should hardly be a surprise that the detrimental effects of being chronically stressed not only make you feel bad, and potentially take years of your life – but excessive stress can also make you seem to age prematurely and look older than your years, too.
When you are in a chronically stressed state, the stress hormone cortisol will be elevated above normal levels, on an ongoing basis. Over time, this – and other processes in the body – will inhibit your digestion, will weaken your immune system, and will even begin to deteriorate your muscles, organ tissue, and even your brain.
On some intuitive level, it is properly fair to say that everyone more or less grasps the point that being stressed all the time isn’t a good path to maintaining a youthful appearance.
After all, what are the visual cues that you associate with a state of stress? Probably a frazzled appearance, dark rings under the eyes, a gaunt look, and so on.
Practice good stress management habits as much as you can, and find frequent opportunities for regular periods of relaxation – even if that’s just reclining in a cozy chair for half an hour at the end of the day and systematically un-tensing your muscles and allowing yourself to feel soothed.
Reframing techniques can be a great way of helping to take the edge off stressful experiences, too. For example – you could consciously begin to visualise projects at work as “exciting challenges” rather than “stressful events.”
Get plenty of (high-quality) sleep
Sleep is absolutely fundamental for good health and well-being, and for all that, it is all too often overlooked, disregarded, and treated as if it’s not really such a big deal after all.
The reality, however, is that there is a great body of scientific evidence demonstrating that sleep deprivation – even relatively mild sleep deprivation – has devastating effects on all dimensions of the body’s ability to function properly – ranging from suppressing immune function and increasing susceptibility to disease, to making people more vulnerable to stress.
In fact, it’s been known for a very long time indeed that getting a good night's rest is important for looking good and maintaining the appearance of youth. It’s just that this wisdom seems to have fallen by the wayside at some point.
Just consider, for example, the phrase “beauty sleep” and what it implies.
If you want to stay looking youthful – or, indeed, if you want to feel more youthful – one of the most important things for you to do is to focus on getting plenty of (high-quality) sleep.
Enjoy good nutritional practices
It’s telling that a good anti-aging clinic will use nutrition as one of its fundamental pillars when it comes to unlocking the secrets of longevity and youthfulness.
One way or another, what you eat has a tremendous effect on your body in a direct manner – which shouldn’t be surprising when you consider that the food you eat not only fuels your body, but literally gets broken down and becomes incorporated into the structure of yourself.
At least one influential scientist – Dr Bruce Ames – believes that a fundamental driver of ageing is a lack of sufficient nutrients to go around to all the different systems of the body. In the absence of sufficient nutrients, Ames argues, the body might “triage” and sacrifice longevity and youthfulness for immediate survival.