A team of researchers has discovered that severe emotional distress, as experienced by those who divorce, lose a job, or care for an ill child or parent, accelerates the aging process up to a whole decade. The investigation was able to accurately quantify the aging process by measuring observable changes to the subject’s genes. This is the first scientific study to link psychological stress to physical aging. Are any of us surprised?
We all know when people tell us, “Oh, you look tired.” They mean, “You look old.” Just reading the report makes my hair turn gray because sooner or later all of us encounter stress and become caregivers, falling into more stressful categories than the article can possibly list. However, the laboratory confirmation of what we all know does not need to stress us out even more. Instead, I would like to use this study as a catalyst for alerting everyone to make it a top priority to reduce stress.
If stress speeds up the clock then the opposite is true: De-stressing slows down (and may even reverse) the clock. The most common question people ask me, “How do I manage my hectic, stressful existence and feel happy?” I think the best answer to this question is: “Do you want to? Are you determined to live?”
Here are a few proven methods for reversing your biological clock to look and feel a decade younger: