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Our society doesn’t view ageing as a positive thing. Instead, we tend to focus on the negative aspects of age. In the midst of the Covid crisis, an illness known to more severely affect older generations, feeling old can be especially problematic. We would all like to know how to feel younger for longer.
Do We Feel Younger?
Isolated and restricted during Covid, have we all aged beyond our years? Research seems to suggest the opposite. Are we just distancing ourselves from negative stereotypes of ageing for self protection? Or have we spent the time during lockdown focusing on our own health and wellbeing?
Either way, feeling young at heart can have huge benefits.
How Feeling Young Improves Your Health
Research shows that feeling young at heart or having a lower perceived age, improves health, boosts immunity and increases expected lifespan.
A study at University College London showed a link between people’s perceived age and their health. Those respondents who reported feeling three or more years younger than their chronological age were more likely to enjoy a longer life.
How to Stay Young at Heart
Sexual Health and Relationships
Those who feel younger tend to place more importance on sexual health and happiness. Research conducted at Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that women who had regular sex were perceived as being up to 7 years younger whilst a similar study found a link between kissing and improved immunity. Prioritising this part of your life may increase health and happiness.
Researchers in the UK also found that individuals with unhappy relationships were more likely to gain significant weight than those satisfied with them. This can have an effect on people’s health and longevity.
Exercise, Diet & Sleep
Those with a younger mindset tend to have a more future focused outlook. If you think of yourself as old, there can be a temptation to stop caring as much about healthy eating and exercising. Staying motivated to improve health whilst enjoying some of life’s little pleasures tends to strike the best balance.
Many studies have linked better sleep to increased energy, increased positivity and mental functioning, boosted immunity and longer life.
Socialising and Friendship
Maintaining a friendship group and engaging in group activities can help foster a younger mindset. Opening ourselves up to other people’s lives and experiences keeps our brain active and engaged. If you feel like you’ve lost touch with people or lack the confidence to engage socially anymore, working on this could have huge benefits.
Research has linked having strong friendships to reduced risks of heart disease, and stroke as well as lower cholesterol, blood pressure and obesity.
Zest for Life
Those with a zest for life tend to still be excited by the possibilities the world has to offer. They try new things, prioritise experiences over possessions, and keep their brain active by engaging with new possibilities.
It’s helpful to develop a sense of purpose in life beyond immediate pleasure or pain. This could involve helping others, improving relationships or dedication to a hobby. Many older people who feel young at heart still enjoy a career or voluntary work.
Resilience and Stress
Stress is known to influence the immune system so optimists and those with more resilience may enjoy some added protection against illness. A number of studies have also linked stress with faster ageing, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Similarly, high levels of anxiety have been linked to heart disease and dementia.
Working on your stress management may be the key to developing a younger, more care free attitude.
Positive people focus on enjoying the present and view life from a ‘glass half full’ perspective. This gratitude enables them to appreciate more of life and reduces feelings of victimhood and anxiety. Positivity has been shown to be a powerful influence on our lifespan.
Although there can be challenges as we age, learning how to be happy as much as possible can make us feel younger and increase our overall quality of life. Reframe negative thoughts and start noticing the benefits to your physical, mental, and emotional health.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help You Feel Younger?
Changes to our mindset can be immediate and powerful. In one study, scientists made people feel younger by telling them they were performing better in a task than most other people their age. This simple confidence boost and reframe of their mind led to an immediate performance boost.
Imagine what could be achieved with a professional’s help.
Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective way to remove blocks and reframe situations. Alter your perspective and experience real change.
If you’d like to feel younger, or explore any of the issues mentioned in this article, please do get in touch. I offer face to face sessions in my London clinic, or online hypnotherapy appointments. Everything is completely tailored to you and results are usually achieved in as few as three sessions.