Is Your Anti-Aging Puzzle Missing a Few Pieces?

A few missing pieces...

Keeping youthful while growing older isn’t just about preventing wrinkles. Many times, your brain is your most important anti-aging weapon, and it works together with a healthy body and spirit in order to keep you looking and feeling younger than your years. There’s no point to living a long life if you are unhappy, stressed, or bored, and looking your best won’t mean much if you don’t feel your best and look forward to each and every day. Here’s some tips for keeping your brain as fit as your body.

An “old” dog can learn new tricks. In fact, the more you use your brain as you age, the better off you will be. Exercising your brain will help keep it from slowing down or becoming diseased with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The brain needs challenges to keep those neurological pathways open, so it becomes even more important to learn new skills, use new tools such as technology, read, and do puzzles and mental games to keep your mind sharp and healthy.

No matter what beliefs you hold personally, learning and growing in those spiritual beliefs is important to the well-being of both your outlook and your emotions. Many studies have found that religion or spirituality has a positive effect on physical health and can even help reduce suffering. You can live a happier life with whatever form you prefer to express your spirituality: meditation, prayer, forgiveness. It has also been shown to help people who are dealing with issues such as depression, stress and mental disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder.

A healthy brain can’t be on-the-go all the time. Just like with exercise, you’ll have a better outcome with plenty of periods of rest. When exercising, a built in resting schedule allows your muscles to repair themselves and become stronger. With the brain, sleep is when it processes what has happened while you are awake: memories, new skills and ideas you have learned, and it also performs important body-related functions while you are at rest. Lack of sleep can have dire health effects: Greater risk of heart attack or stroke, faster deterioration of the mind, and more stress, anger and sickness.

In order to look and feel young, it’s important to take into account all aspects of your well-being: physical, mental and spiritual. This way, you can not only live a long life, but and enjoyable and happy one too.

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