Holding back the years
None of us want to look or feel old before our time, but often we don’t think about how much our daily actions influence the ageing process. Cut back on these practices today for a more beautiful, healthier tomorrow.
Throwing the most elaborate, perfect party ever
Perfectionism is a toxic side effect of our social-media-saturated culture, causing undue stress as we try to keep up with not just the Joneses but with everyone else on the planet, according to psychotherapist Mike Dow, PsyD, PhD, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think, Act & Be Happy. “Perfectionism plagues the brain with negative thoughts which cause a release of stress hormones, and that can actually accelerate ageing,” he explains. “While it’s fantastic to want to do your best, it’s also OK to have a B+ house party or to take a day off to relax and do nothing.” Teach yourself to meditate and beat stress here.
Ignoring your depression and hoping it goes away
Recent research has found that depression isn’t just uncomfortable; it also makes you age faster by accelerating brain shrinkage, Dr. Dow says. Take your mental health as seriously as your physical health and be sure to seek professional help if you’ve been struggling with dark days for more than two weeks. Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, can help you feel happier fast, he adds. Discover 51 everyday habits that reduce your risk of dementia.