Relax and unwind
Stress and anxiety, both physical and emotional, can accelerate the aging process, which is why taking some time to unwind and let your mind and body recover is so crucial to looking and feeling young. Research has shown that meditation can reverse the effects of aging on the brain. In fact, compared to those who did not meditate, a 2010 study found that “meditators have significantly greater blood flow in their brains—a sign of robust brain activity.” Even if mediation is not your thing, you can choose to get a massage, take a bath, take a nap or do yoga—just find some method to give yourself a break. The long-term benefits will be well worth your 10-20 minutes a day.