It happens to everyone. One day you look in the mirror and you notice that first wrinkle. Then it seems that once you spot one, they begin to multiply.
Welcome to the human aging process. This is a mechanism of life that we all have to go through, but we don’t have to look old even though we’re getting old. In fact, you’d be surprised at some of the age defying benefits that regular exercise can produce. And the good news is that this isn’t the only path toward looking great in old age.
In the modern world, self-care has become a term associated with a new generation. But activities that constitute self-care have proven to stall the effects of aging if done regularly.
If you want to glide gracefully into your golden years and keep that youthful look on your face, adopting a few of the following self-care rituals can make this happen.
Meditation has numerous health benefits, and science has shown that regular meditation of any kind works wonders on both the mind and the body.
But a great combination that can give old age a knockout punch is adopting a meditative exercise practice. Additionally, these are also shown to reduce issues with blood pressure and stress.
Ancient practices such as Hatha Yoga, a form of Raja Yoga of the Indian Hindu religion, is a meditation exercise that seeks to unite the mind and the body. Though most westerners forget about the deep history of this practice and tend to take yoga selfies more than they actually practice the form, its benefits when performed properly, reduce stress and repair DNA — two critical factors in maintaining a youthful appearance.
In addition, other forms of meditative exercises such as Tai Chi, where natural movements are performed in unison with mental focus and breathing, have the same effect as many forms of Hatha Yoga.
Diet and Supplements
Your diet is critical to your overall health. And what we put into our bodies has an immediate effect on our daily health as well as an effect on how healthy we can expect to be in the future.
Americans in particular are horrible when it comes to balanced nutrition. And though many of us love our Big Macs, putting these down in place of fruits and vegetables and other foods with high sources of protein and vitamins, will work wonders on the body and can help to pause the effects of aging.
Supplements are also another tool that you can use to combat the onset of old age. In particular, nicotinamide mononucleotide or NMN is a molecule naturally occurring in all organic life.
Scientists have shown that this molecule can have many beneficial effects when taken in supplements, including the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
For some people, there’s nothing better than a relaxing day at the spa being pampered and washing the cares away. And though this is a rejuvenating experience at the end of a long week or while away on vacation, incorporating a spa treatment into your self-care regimen can work wonders for the aging process.
Spa treatments also usually include the option to have a massage and a facial, or a full body cleanse. And if staving off old age is something you’re interested in, you might want to go with all 3 of these options.
Facials, in particular, remove dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin, clean the pores, and remove blemishes caused by sun or blue light exposure. And keeping your skin healthy is a step on the path to defying age into your golden years.
The benefits of self-care not only have been shown to reduce stress and reduce the effects of aging, they simply make you feel better about life in general. And this is also a key when it comes to living life in a balanced way.