Have you taken a look in the mirror lately and noticed a few more unwelcome wrinkles beginning to form on your skin? Or few grey hairs here or there? These are rarely things people are happy to see, but unfortunately growing old is a natural part of life. Sometimes certain factors like genetics can be causing your body to age more quickly, but there are external factors such as bad habits that can also be part of the problem. Here are 6 bad habits that could be contributing to your early onset of ageing:
Everyone at one point in their lives wants to drop a few pounds before a big event or vacation to look their best, but in reality, it actually does the reverse. Crash dieting is hard on your metabolism, substantially reduces your energy levels, heightens the levels of stress within your body, and leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. Turns out your short term solution for weight loss can actually become a detriment to your youthful glow in the long run.
Holding onto a Grudge
Studies have shown that showing forgiveness to others improves your mental, physical and spiritual health substantially and can lead to improvement in your longevity. Try letting go of that old grudge to help lower your blood pressure and improve your mental health, and live a more fulfilling and productive life.
Consumption of Alcohol
Many studies have shown that in moderation some forms of alcohol such as red wine can be beneficial to your health, but the key word here is moderation. In excess, alcohol can lead to the failure in cognitive function, cause severe stress on your liver, and can add stress on your relationships with others.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
It’s an understatement to say that life can get busy, and sometimes there simply are not enough hours in the day to get done what you need to. Unfortunately, because of this we often lose precious hours of sleep to finish our daily tasks before the morning but this can have a large strain on our bodies. Lack of sleep can cause brain fog, weight gain, irritability, and can also make us appear older.
Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? It’s a common phrase because it’s the truth! What you put into your body has a direct effect on how your body functions and how it looks on the outside and on the inside. Fill your body with junk food and, well, you get the picture.
Not Learning New Things
It’s important for your health to continually challenge yourself both physically and mentally by taking up new hobbies and learning new skills. When you don’t work your brain on a daily basis your cognitive function can begin to decline and make you more forgetful.