So what lifestyle will help to keep you youthful?
We have all experienced stress at some point or other, whether it’s triggered by work, home life or health. If you are experiencing stress long term, it will have an impact on how well you are ageing. This is because stress prevents your body from repairing and renewing which can age your brain, immune system and skin. So, if you want to avoid those wrinkles, take deep breaths and try to reduce stress as much as possible.
If you keep up to date with the latest news, you will know that diet is a regular health topic. If your body isn’t getting the right calories or you are fuelling it with too many, it will age your body considerably and could even lead to diabetes and other health conditions. This handy guide from BBC Good Food will help you to understand what you need to eat depending on your age.
One of the things that we have all been told since an early age is just how important exercise is. Many experts from the health industry recommend getting 30 minutes of exercise each day if you want to stay healthy and fit. Whether you go for a brisk walk at lunchtime, join a new fitness class or decide to go all out and train for a marathon, it all helps to keep you young!
Get enough sleep
How much sleep we need is down to the individual, but it tends to be 7-9 hours. Lack of sleep can cause a wide range of problems, from poor memory and cognitive performance to wrinkles and skin moisture loss. There are many things that you can do to improve sleep quality, such as following a sleep schedule, increasing exercise, avoiding caffeine and electronic devices with screens when it’s nearly bedtime. More sleep tips can be found here.
Don’t forget to socialise
At the end of the working day, you may not feel like socialising with your friends or family. However, this is an extremely important part of life and will help prevent your body ageing prematurely. If you are spending a lot of time alone and not interacting with others, it could lead to mental health problems like depression, which can also supress your immune system.
According to Amber John, who is a Researcher at The University of Sussex; “Depression is a common mental health problem – each year, at least 1 in 5 people in the UK experience symptoms. But people living with depression shouldn’t despair – it’s not inevitable that you will see a greater decline in cognitive abilities and taking preventative measures such as exercising, practicing mindfulness and undertaking recommended therapeutic treatments, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, have all been shown to be helpful in supporting wellbeing, which in turn may help to protect cognitive health in older age.”
Making these healthy choices should help to reduce the chance of ever needing to make a claim. However, sometimes things happen that are completely out of your control. But don’t worry, we are here to help you if this happens.
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