The ageing process is an inevitable one, but did you know there are certain habits that could be causing us to age faster than we’d like?
Looking after our health and well-being is considered essential for a long and wholesome life, and it can have quite an impact on our mental health as well as our appearance.
So to keep the ageing process at bay, it might be worthwhile addressing the following habits:
You’re often stressed
Stress can be very hard on the body – emotionally and physically – and research has shown that over time it can affect cognitive function and cause heart health to decline. Stress can also delay healing and suppress immunity, which are further complications of ageing.
Although stress will never go away completely, it can be helpful to keep it under control as much as possible. Deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are considered effective for helping to keep stress at bay.
You don’t get enough sleep
Lack of sleep is linked to weight gain and can leave you looking and feeling older. It can also lead to health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Making sleep a priority is beneficial for keeping your health in check and ensuring your body gets the rest necessary to repair and look after itself on a daily basis.
You play your music too loud
Hearing declines with age, but some people may experience hearing difficulties earlier in life. A common culprit is prolonged exposure to loud noise, particularly from everyday sources such as iPods, the hairdryer and music in clubs and at concerts. Try to keep the volume on your music devices as low as possible and wear earplugs when in the presence of loud noise to reduce the impact on your hearing.
You miss out on your five-a-day
Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are powerful compounds that fight free radicals, which can damage your body and skin. Consuming the recommended five-a-day therefore is not only a great way to get a good dose of vitamins and minerals, but it can also help to fight ageing.