Ageing is a natural process but it is far more than just a few more wrinkles with every birthday. Can we slow down the ageing process? Yes and no. Genetics is responsible for 50%, but the rest is up to you.
Your muscles, bones, organs and cells all have memory. The good news is, our cells recover every seven years, so you can fix mistakes from your youth if you start dedicating more time to yourself. It will slow down ageing naturally, and yes, it will show on your face as well.
8 Tips For Staying Younger Looking Longer
Time spent on self care is never wasted. In order to stay younger looking for longer or slow down the ageing process, there are some universal truths and rules, which we should all follow. Again, not only because we want to look good but because we want to stay active, healthy and energetic.
Here are some important tips on how to slow down ageing…
Have an Early Dinner
The research published in the journal, Cell Reports, recommends you to eat within a 12-hour window to keep your body’s enzymes in tack. This means if your last meal of the day is at 7pm, you don’t eat until 7am.
This also helps with skin rejuvenation, especially with the damages caused by the sun.
Seafood is rich in omega-3 fats and vitamin D. Both are important for maintaining healthy bones, but omega-3 is also great for your skin, hair and nails. You can take supplements, but you mustn’t forget that fish and other sea treasures are good for your diet, for digestion and a proper replacement for red meat.
Sleeping for less than six hours increases the chances of heart attack by approximately 200%! Extended sleep can lead to a significant reduction in sugar intake, which leads to weight-loss.
Sleep deprivation leads to anxiety. You get irritated easier and you are not productive, so getting at least six, ideally eight to nine hours of sleep will make your life quality better.
Get Some Exercise
Of course you need to exercise; you know that, I know that, but still we avoid it. There are numerous benefits of regular exercise, from feeling stronger both physically and mentally to improving circulation and lowering blood pressure.
You don’t have to go to the gym. You can take long walks to work instead of driving or do 20 minutes of workout at home. With YouTube videos and apps that will teach you how to stay in shape, there is no excuse.
If you are overweight, you know what you have to do. Dieting probably won’t be as healthy as changing your lifestyle. That means learning more about nutrition and giving up alcohol, sugar, white flour, replacing them with more fruit and vegetables, and work out. It will be difficult at first, but it builds character. Because once you achieve this new goal you will feel a sense of contentment you didn’t even know existed.
Tea and Water Intake
Remove sugary drinks, juices, alcohol and replace them with green tea, and remember to drink plenty of water. Homemade lemonade or water with cucumber is a perfect refreshment.
Giving up alcohol doesn’t mean you cannot drink at parties. Just try to limit the number of alcoholic drinks. There’s no ideal amount of alcohol intake, it is all very individual, so you must listen to what your body is telling you.
Whilst walking or on the bus/train, try to be mindful and focus on your breath, then scan your body from your toes to the crown of your head. Before going to bed or early in the morning, practice gratitude and find some time to meditate, maybe it will help you fall asleep or simply give you an energy boost when you get home from work and need to deal with the cleaning.
Learn and Play
Keep your mind sharp. Learn a language, play an instrument. Play with your pets, relax with adult coloring books. Your view on life is the most powerful tool you have, so use it wisely and make sure you have some fun!