A few weeks ago I was out celebrating my birthday and one of my friends whom I’ve known since college said to me, “You look ageless, haven’t aged a day since college.”
Now, I know that isn’t really true, I definitely don’t look exactly like I did in college, but I appreciated the compliment.
His remark got me thinking about why some people look their age and others seem to drink from the fountain of youth.
I believe there are some secrets to aging and looking and feeling your very best throughout your years.
Thinking about what has helped me to as my friend said, “look ageless” I believe are some of the things listed below.
Eat more fruits and veggies and less processed foods. We all know that foods high in sugar and that are processed cause inflammation in the body. When inflammation is increased in the body it causes increased aging and can cause disease.
Increasing the amounts of fruits and vegetables will help to increase the amount of antioxidants in your body and help to fight against free radicals which can speed up the aging process.
Laugh More. Laughing not only reduces stress, increases feel good hormones like endorphins, but makes you happier! I think you should have a good laugh at least once a day if not more often!!
Look for things that make you laugh online, on the TV or by spending time with friends or family that can induce that good old belly laugh! Laughing and enjoying your life can help to lower blood pressure and stress therefore leading to a longer life.
Cut out people who drain your energy. You know those people who when you hang out with them you automatically feel drained and depressed when you leave them? These are the people that suck your energy from you.
They take your high vibrational happy vibes that you exhume and leave you with negative, low vibrational energy. These are the people that you need to spend minimal time with so that you can keep your energy high.
Drink more water. There can be many heath concerns that can be linked back to dehydration. I remember a book I read in grad school, “Your body’s Many Cries For Water.” that talk about this very topic.
Drinking water throughout the day and staying hydrated is not only great to help keep your skin and body looking youthful and vibrant but will also help address certain health concerns such as migraines among other.
Spend time outdoors and in the sunlight. The sun is your friend, without it we would not have life on our planet. Nature is a wonderful life giving force that we should spend time embracing.
Sun exposure on our skin helps to produce Vitamin D in our body. Vitamin D is helpful in increasing our moods, support immunity and give us energy. When spending time outdoors in nature we are able to connect with the life-force of the universe and helps to restore and heal our bodies and give us energy.
Do YOU. So many times we are so concerned with what makes other people happy that we forget or don’t know what makes us happy. One secret to aging gracefully is to put yourself first.
Self care is super important, as we know when the safety speech comes on in an airplane it says put the oxygen mask on yourself first. We need to take care of our needs first before we can help someone else or we can not effectively help someone.
Work out. I cannot say enough good things about working out and staying active. Not only is it great for your physical health but your mental health too! My grandmother lived to be almost 94 years old and she attributed it to mostly staying active everyday!
Take care of you skin. I think the skin is one of the first places that gives away someones age. When you don’t take care of your skin it can seem lifeless and dull and look ages older than you really are.
I almost always take my makeup off before bed, exfoliate and use high quality skin care products like Rodan & Fields. I also love to moisturize my skin with pure coconut oil mixed with essential oils.
Manage Stress. We will always have stress in our lives, there is no way around that. Stress is not always a bad thing, it can sometimes motivate us to inspire change in our life too.
When stress is constant that is when it starts to cause problems like inflammation in our bodies. Learning to manage our stress and channel it through actives that help to lower our cortisol levels helps to lower inflammation and keep us healthier.
Live Life! Get out of the house, go explore the world. Life is meant to be lived! I love to be social, I would much rather be out exploring the world than sitting on my couch watching someone else live it on my TV.
Take advantage of all the world and your surrounding areas has to offer. Take a class, go see a show, go on a hike, the list goes on and on but get out there and see what the world has to offer you! It will keep you young and exciting!!
Sleep. I love to sleep! I usually need at least 8 hours a sleep a night and I can usually sleep around 10 hours on a weekend! yikes, I know but it is what my body needs.
Sleep is your body’s reset button, it helps to restore all of our hormones and makes us happy and healthy!! When you are not out living and exploring the world balance it with some good deep sleep!
What are some of your secrets to living agelessly? I would love to hear from you!