Stress can affect us at any age. Whether a new obstacle in life, a health concern, a difficult choice or juggling many situations at once, stress can tax the body both emotionally and physically.
Wounds heal slower and colds are harder to shake when the body is stressed out. An overload of stress hormones have been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
Stress and Aging
The flow of stress hormones, such as cortisol, can be especially hard on older brains in general. According to a report from the University of California at San Francisco, extra cortisol over the years can damage the part of the brain that's crucial for storing and retrieving memories. Several studies have found that high cortisol goes hand in hand with poor memory.
The Fountain of Youth
Add to memory loss that stress can speed up aging. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that stress can add years to the age of individual immune system cells. As these cells age and no longer divide or replenish, our bodies age too.
Therefore, the real fountain of youth is learning how to manage stress. Try these 10 tips to help reduce stress or maybe even make your life stress-free.
10 Tips To Reduce Stress
1. Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
2. Keep a positive attitude, rather than defaulting to negatives, such as “bad things always happen to me.”
3. Give yourself positive messages (''I'm doing my best'' or ''I will ask for help'').
4. Halt stress in its tracks; if you feel overwhelmed, take a walk or listen to music.
5. Do things that are pleasurable, like reading or gardening.
6. Take 15-20 minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect. Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.
7. Exercise regularly by bicycling, walking, hiking, jogging, or working out at the gym. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
8. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
9. Get enough rest and sleep.Seek out socialization and social support.
10. Seek out socialization and social support.
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