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 you add a bit of holistic life style to your daily regime. It’s not that hard. 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 processed food item like store bought cookies with raw foods like fruit and honey. Try limiting saturated fats and unnecessary sugars in your diet. Make it easy and make it fun – 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.
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Stein, Rob. “Study Is First to Confirm That Stress Speeds Aging.” Washington Post 30 Nov. 2004, A01