There are some habits that people have that tend to age them, but when people learn to kick these bad habits, they can look and feel younger now, and long into life.
Studies have found that stress is a leading contributor to the way a person looks and feels, and when it comes to the body, added stress can really pack a punch. The same goes for smoking, but what about other hidden stressors such as sugar or doing something as small as rubbing the eyes? There are many things that can make people look older, and the body can begin to feel older than it is, too.
When it comes to the body
One of the biggest destructive habits that people have is exercising only when they want to shed a few pounds. Exercise is excellent for overall health, all the time. Weight loss is just an added benefit, but many see it as the main benefit. The truth is that exercise can help to prevent and relieve the symptoms of many health conditions, and it improves circulation, which can help people to look and feel younger. Not to mention the fantastic mood that exercise can provide, and when all these benefits are added to the fact that people who exercise regularly experience less stress overall, it’s something that should be added to the routine right away.
Exercise isn’t the only thing that can age the body, though. It turns out that little things, like holding a grudge can be extremely unhealthy for the body. The Journal of Behavioral Medicine published a study in 2005 that found that holding a grudge could increase stress levels and increase negative effects such as lack of sleep and depression.
In fact, any kind of stress and not taking the time to decompress and enjoy life once in a while can take a mighty big toll on the way a person looks and feels. Experts recommend that if a vacation isn’t on the table, taking the time to turn off the cell phones, disconnect from the email and just enjoy activities that can remove people from their daily stressors can make a tremendous difference in how people age.
When it comes to the looks
There are things that everyone does to their bodies that aren’t healthy, and poor health can be a significant factor in how people age, but not everyone realizes that little things like rubbing those tired eyes can also cause us to age more quickly. A simple eye rub can break the capillaries underneath them and create those dark circles that so many hate. When battling fatigued eyes, the old stand-in, like green tea bags or cucumbers, and when possible, sleep, might be better options.
Speaking of sleep, not many people know that sleeping with the face smushed into the pillow can be a significant negative for overall aging. In fact, that cotton pillow case is likely the culprit: when the face is smashed into the pillow, the cotton pillow cover adds friction that can cause creases in the face. Collagen begins to break down in these creases and the lines become permanent.
There are lots of things that people do that make them age before their time. Some are controllable, and some maybe not as much, but by taking control of as many factors as possible, it may be possible to turn back the hands of time, and look and feel younger.