It’s important to note that stress is a normal part of life and some level of stress is good for us. However, if you are feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed more often than not, you need to do something about it. Stress can contribute to headaches, diabetes cardiovascular disease, depression, high blood pressure, skin conditions, arthritis, and chronic fatigue, so it’s important to control stress, rather than letting it control you.
If stress is a problem in your life, then you need to take steps to reduce it. Practicing deep breathing, taking time out to relax, visualisation, eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise can all help. If the cause of your stress is ongoing (e.g. chronic illness, relationship problems, depression, etc.), then having a chat to a professional counsellor may be just what you need.
While we cannot turn the clock back and all look like we did when we were in our 20s (or even 30s!), there are a few key ways to keep the tell-tale signs of ageing away. Here are a couple to get started on right now!
Care for your skin
Invest in a good-quality moisturiser, and an eye-cream for your skin type. You should also wear sunscreen and cover-up when outdoors.
Cut your hair
Often our hairstyles age us by years, so visit your hairdresser for a cut and colour, and don’t be afraid to try something different.
You could be looking older because of bad posture. Make sure you walk and stand tall. And don’t forget to suck that belly in while you are at it.
Update your wardrobe
It can be easy to wear the same thing day in and day out. However, updating your wardrobe with a few items following current trends can make all the difference. If you have no idea where to begin, seek the advice of a professional stylist.
Cut out junk food
Our skin can be a good indication of how healthy our diet is. Make sure you eat plenty of unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water to flush away the toxins.
There are hundreds of questionnaires on the internet that are designed to give you an idea on the state of your health. While these may be fun, and some of them may even highlight areas of your lifestyle that you can improve, they are no substitute for a thorough check-up with your GP. Once they have considered all your lifestyle factors, and paired them with your current health statistics, they will be able to give you feedback on just how closely your health age corresponds with your real age.
[author image=”http://www.woman.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DSC03484.jpg” ]Nerissa Bentley is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and founder of Write to the Point Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Queensland with majors in Journalism, Communication Studies and Australian Literature. She also gained her Certificate IV in Magazine Writing, Editing and Publishing from RMIT University in Melbourne, while working in the industry. Nerissa has a vast array of experience working in event management and publications, where she wrote and developed a variety of print and online publications. She has written for national and international markets and has the ability to work across a variety of industries. When she’s not writing, she can be found improving her own health and fitness, in the kitchen cooking up a storm, or spending time with her beloved family. [/author]