One of the best anti-aging techniques you can practice is the art of de-stressing. "Chronic stress can lead to profound and detrimental changes in your body's metabolism that accelerate the aging process," says Rocco Monto, M.D., aging expert and author of The Fountain. "And, like a canary in a coal mine, your skin is the first organ to show the negative effects."
Stress' insidious impact stretches down to your DNA. A 2012 study published in PLOS ONE found that work-related exhaustion accelerates aging at the cellular level. Participants who experienced chronic job-related stress had significantly shorter telomeres (the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes). In other words, the shorter the telomere, the further along your cells are in the aging process.
But on the other hand, the regular practice of relaxation exercises, such as meditation and yoga, can actually alter your genes' expression in response to stress, according to 2013 study in PLOS ONE. And a 2011 study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology found that meditation can increase telomerase activity.
As with most things in life, the more you practice, the better the results. Try to incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine. "Taking even ten minutes out your day to disconnect from the chaos to quietly reconnect with your body to can be a restorative experience," says Dr. Monto.
story credit: Livestrong.com article by Jaime Osnato