Stress is a MAJOR AGER. Stress causes many biological and psychological reactions in the body. Overtime this causes significant damage to our cells causing them to age faster inside and out. It can cause and exacerbate acne, increased loss of collagen/elastin, reduced blood flow to our skin that provides oxygen and nutrients to our cells. It can cause us to make bad choices in diet, to eat and drink foods that are less nutritious, and even harmful. Stress can cause us to lose sleep, leaving us feeling depressed, indifferent, agitated, or simply “not present”.
To combat stress, I recommend meditation. Meditation improves and helps maintain our beauty naturally both inside and out! The cells and neurons in the brain are constantly making new connections and disrupting old ones based on response to stimuli, a quality that researchers call experience-based neuroplasticity. This affects the neural circuits of the brain, which in turn affects how we respond to situations. It also affects the actual structure of our brains – thickening some areas and making others less dense. Research suggests that meditation can reduce blood pressure, pain response, stress hormone levels and even cellular health.