By Staff of Forum Health Rochester Hills
Aging is an occurrence that causes many people to feel stress. In fact, lowering your stress level is a vital part of anti-aging. The truth is that no one is immune to aging, but some people manage to grow old gracefully. One key to aging beautifully is to learn to deal with the stressors in your life. By successfully lowering your stress levels, you can age gracefully or possibly even delay the process of aging altogether.
Stress can manifest itself in many ways. Whether it comes from work, deadlines, family, your spouse or traffic, the fact is that stress affects your body in more ways than you can imagine. If you don’t properly deal with the stress in your life, your body gets tense, and you may see a rise in your heart rate and blood pressure. You may also experience headaches or an upset stomach, and you may find yourself quick to anger. All of these stress responses take a toll on your body, causing it to age more quickly than it would if you were to properly manage your stress. When you allow stress to get the best of you, your heart is weakened, you may take medication or caffeine to deal with your pains and fatigue, and your hair might start turning gray, for example.
The good news is that proper stress management skills can enhance your attempts at anti-aging. Try to integrate some of these stress management tips in your life, and see if they make a difference in the way you look and feel.
- Create a schedule listing each task that must be completed. Knowing what needs to be done at a certain time will help reduce stress by keeping you organized and in control of your day.
- Recognize what’s important and what’s not. Make important tasks a priority, while whittling down the ones that don’t really matter.
- Take time to breath when you feel stressed.
- Let go of stressful feelings when they arise. This simple act of accepting and releasing limits the damage that stress does to your body.
- Take breaks when you feel stressed. Breaks promote relaxation and the ability to better deal with future stressors.