No matter how much we try to stop it, aging is going to happen. Our skin is going to look a little less bright and youthful than it once did and our body is going to go through natural changes. Thankfully, there are ways that we can stop this aging process from happening so quickly. Here are 5 easy changes lifestyle you can make to help you turn back the hands of time.
This may sound like an obvious one, but it’s common for people to feel they’re too busy with their everyday schedule to take the time to exercise. By exercising regularly, you’re helping to improve your blood circulation, building up your heart health, and keeping the muscles in your body strong and toned. Yes, the signs of regular exercise are apparent outwardly with your appearance, but exercise also helps reduce your physiological age as well. The more regularly you exercise, the better your physical health will be, which leads to a slower and more graceful aging process. Next time you’re winding down in front of the TV, consider taking a walk instead.
Eating healthy is also something that is often overlooked. With so many fast-food chains where you can grab cheap and convenient food-on-the-go, it’s easy to forget about the nutrients our bodies need to keep running properly. Similar to exercising regularly, the better care you take of your insides, the better you will look and feel. Consider packing your lunches for work instead of going out to eat or substituting those French fries for something a little healthier. We promise your body will thank you in the way you feel and your outward appearance.
To be mindful is to be present. This means not stressing about the next thing on your plate or being concerned about something that has happened in the past. With the constant rush of a full-time job, taking care of your family or going to school, it may feel impossible to stop thinking about what needs to get done over the next few hours or next few days. This is where mindfulness and meditation come into play. Clear your head for a few minutes every day to just breathe and relax. This will make a major impact on your mental health, which has been linked to improving your physical heart health as well.
Simplify Your Life
Simplifying your life and being mindful go hand-in-hand. Both affect your mental health, which is linked to affecting your physical health, and therefore affects the rate at which you age. Having an overcomplicated life fueled by social media and a variety of superficial matters can be overwhelming to anyone. By simplifying your life, minimizing your commitments and obligations, and ridding your life of excess, you will have an easier time staying mindful and clear-headed throughout the day.
Make Yourself Happy
Making yourself happy can be as easy as treating yourself to your favorite meal once a month or taking that vacation you’ve always dreamed of. These acts don’t have to be extravagant and don’t have to cost a lot of money. By making yourself happy, you fill your body with endorphins and hormones that promote health and wellness, therefore adding years onto your life and helping you age gracefully. Consider rewarding yourself for eating healthy and exercising regularly or for taking ten minutes out of your day to meditate for the past week.
Richmond Plastic Surgeons understand that beauty starts with you. If you are interested in learning more about non-invasive ways to help you age gracefully, contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our doctors.