Reduce Stress and Stop Aging: 4 Stress-busting Tips for Women
Some women find that they lie awake at night, unable to sleep. Others feel irritable, angry, or just tired. Nearly everyone gets headaches…
And all because of stress.
According to one study in Prevention magazine, 73% of adults experience moderate to high levels of stress on a weekly basis.
What you may not know is that stress is not only affecting your peace of mind and your body’s weight, it’s actually making you older.
If you have teenagers in the house, you’ve made jokes about this, but the fact is that recent scientific discoveries are showing us that it’s absolutely true.
When your cells divide, the tips of your chromosomes – called telomeres — get shorter. Over the last 20 years scientists have shown that there’s a huge correlation between the length of your telomeres and your age.
Of course, cell division is normal, but guess what? Oxidative stress also shortens telomeres, and as a result, if you’re under constant stress, you age more quickly.
A stunning revelation came in the late 1990’s that showed if you could lengthen the telomeres, human cells actually get younger.
Now that’s some news you can use! The only question is, how can you turn back the clock?
It’s not nearly as difficult as you might think.
Here’s a list of 4 stress-busting, clock-stopping, tips that can bring you back the youth and vitality you thought was gone forever. Pick one and get healthier, younger, and happier starting now!
1. Take a 3 minute “Tranquility Break”
Sounds simple, but it’s incredibly effective. You may not be able to walk out of your office and stroll on the beach, but you CAN find five beautiful beach images and make yourself a little slideshow – or simply plug in an audio track of ocean waves – filled with peace. Block out 3 minutes and bliss out. Let your breathing return to normal, let your mind stop racing, and know that you can have another Tranquility Break any time you need it.
2. Treat Yourself to a Girlfriend Call
Instead of filling your mouth with foods that are wrong for you, try chatting with a friend who is right for you! Sometimes there’s nothing better than a 10 minute chat with a wonderful girlfriend. Keep your Support network of friends easily accessible by phone, and take the time to share your struggles as well as your joys with each other on a regular basis.
3. Get in the Child Pose
You may not have time to do an entire yoga class, but this easy pose is known for it’s ability to relax and soothe. You can google “child pose” to see it, or you can simply kneel down on the floor and sit on your heels. Lay your torso down between your thighs, and let your forehead come to rest on the floor. Extend your arms comfortably behind you to rest by your feet (palms up), or stretch them in front of you (palms down).
4. Gift Your Body with Antioxidants
Forget diamonds (maybe not entirely) – antioxidants are a girl’s best friend. They protect and nurture your cells, fight disease, and promote great health. Brightly colored berries and beans are incredibly high in antioxidants. And there are some great supplements that can provide these valuable nutrients when you don’t have access to the foods themselves.
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