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Professionally Positive: Make Time to Give Yourself More Time

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It can be a challenge to focus on self-care activities as a professional; after all, your time is mostly spent on improving your business and doing the hustle! However, it’s important to take the time out of your busy day and focus on you, as the less you pay attention to your own needs, the more off-balance you may become. Get back to the proper equilibrium by checking out these techniques for looking — and feeling — younger as you age.

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Research Is In: Smiling Helps

Not only does smiling help you feel more positive, but it can also help you maintain a youthful look as well. A study conducted by researchers at Wayne State University reported that players who smiled in pre-1950 baseball cards lived an average of seven years longer than people who didn’t. Small sample size notwithstanding, smiling has been found to impact how you think, and it can create positive neural messaging. So, if you are finding yourself overwhelmed by the day, try to think of something positive, read your favorite book, or listen to a comedy podcast. Even small, quiet smiles can help you feel better.

Taking in art and making art can also lead to smiles and great conversation. Art therapy is a huge scene, and applying visual arts in a therapeutic context can help you feel more positive.

Get Moving!

Adults who exercise regularly have younger cells, according to research published in Preventive Medicine. The trick is working out on a consistent basis at high levels — getting your blood pumping harder is key. When you breathe harder, it helps improve how oxygen travels throughout your system, making it easier to breathe in non-exercising conditions.

Additionally, there is some thought in the medical community that what we had previously thought of as “normal aging” (losing fitness and muscle mass, chronic illness, etc.) is simply a result of lack of activity. So, it’s important for you to get outside and get active in order to stave off the risk of those illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some kinds of cancer.

Many people find that using fitness apps can hold them accountable and keep them motivated. Keep in mind that while apps can enhance your fitness routine, if you’re running them on outdated devices, they may not work very well. Fortunately, many wireless providers are currently offering trade-in and sign-up deals on new tablets and smartphones.

Get Rid of Stress

Unsurprisingly, reducing stress is a key to living longer and feeling younger. However, stress may be harder to cope with as you age, making this a difficult task. Some methods for reducing stress in your day-to-day life include eating a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, doing yoga to promote flexibility and vitality, and sleeping more. In addition, focusing some time every day or every other day on cleaning and making your home a more vibrant place is one good way to reduce stress. A clean environment can boost positivity and clear out negative energies.

Decluttering, cleaning, and opening the windows to let in some fresh air are all ways you can inject some positivity into your everyday life, especially when those around you are determined to bring negative energy into your space.

Take It One Day at a Time

Looking and feeling younger is all in how you react to things and interact with the world. Stress can be managed with more sleep and a better diet. But sometimes you may need a change: somewhere new to make your creative mark.

About the Author

Dana Brown has 15 years of caregiving experience, and after seeing some patterns of poor health she became determined to help inform people about healthy living. She created, to provide Internet users with helpful content and resources that will lead them to making healthier decisions.

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