Stress and Aging: A Holistic Practice to Help Stop Aging
North America accounts for only 7% of the world's population but dominates the world's GDP.
What we've actually gained is a stressed-out nation and the highest
cancer rates, more than anyone else in the world. We're producing less
children, some sociologist claim that it is fear of adding more burdens
to our already hectic lives. We're not talking about exciting new job
jitters but prolonged emotional stress.
Stress and Aging
Our stressful lives make us old. Scientists have
finally identified the first direct link between stress and aging. When
we start to feel pulled at both ends how many of us really give our
bodies a break? And, what about our skin? Dull complexion, blemishes,
eczema and other skin disorders can be a direct result of prolonged
stress. It can even result in premature aging...,even at your age.
Perhaps its time we manage our lives in a more holistic life style.
The holistic view brings mind, body and sole together, it seeks balance.
So, instead of reaching for a quick fix, invest in some of these
holistic practices that promote your good health and emotional
well-being over the long-term. Because after all, good health and
natural glowing skin really is...,skin deep.
Massage for Longevity
The treatment of massage is effective in
combating the negative effects of aging. The benefits of a massage are
numerous including stress reduction, increased circulation, increased
energy and, decreased fatigue. In fact, during a more vigorous massage
this encourages blood flow to the skin bringing healthy nutrients and
oxygen. And, a massage is always deserved after a work-out at the gym.
Quiet your Mind
Whether it is mediation, prayer or a silent walk
through the woods, add this practice to your daily routine. A time you
remove all noise from television, radio, phones from your daily
obligations, even a 5 minute quite session will help you relieve
stress, ground your footing and refocus on what's really important.
This can be especially beneficial during times of greater stress.
Because the greater our perception of what kind of stress we are under,
the worse we will feel.
One Day at a Time
Difficult as it may be, try to remove many of
the processed foods from your daily diet. Especially during times of
stress where many of us will reach for something high in sugar -
studies have shown that sugar can cause premature aging and of course,
contributes to obesity. Start by replacing one food item, make it easy
and make it fund - take it one day at a time.
It all comes together
Then there are too many sleepless nights,
greasy skin, bad diet and puffy eyes - for some of you, your skin maybe
paying the price for your stressful life. Take care of your skin.
Cleanse daily with a delicate facial cleanser, one that contains a
natural, organic alpha-hydroxy acid to help shrink open pores which
seem to get bigger as we age. Do exfoliate often which improves
circulation, removes dead cells and keeps the skin glowing. Use only
quality, natural skin care that provides holistic benefits to your skin.