While aging is a natural part of life, people greatly resist looking or feeling old — which is precisely why the global anti-aging market is expected to jump from $52.5 billion to $83.2 billion between now and the year 2027. However, certain self-care strategies can keep you from looking and feeling older than you really are — and they won’t require you to splurge on anti-aging face creams or preventative Botox injections. With the following strategies from certified yoga and meditation instructor, Kama Hagar, you’ll quickly start to look and feel healthier, happier, and more youthful — no matter your age.
Read on to learn how simple self-care strategies like laughing, upgrading your wardrobe, eating antioxidant-rich foods, and practicing yoga can help you to look and feel great.
1. Laugh to Your Heart’s Content
The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of laughter are vast, according to Karen Doll, Psy.D., L.P. of PositivePsychology.com. By smiling and laughing as often as you can, you’ll experience improved cognitive functioning, cardiac health, and mood — and you’ll boost your attractiveness, energy levels, and rapport with others. Smiling individuals are often perceived as being friendlier, younger, and more likable than those with neutral expressions, so make an effort to add more smiles and laughs into your day and start feeling younger, healthier, and happier.
2. Upgrade Your Wardrobe
Shopping for new clothing can be a healthy form of self-care if you’re buying pieces that suit your body type, boost your self-image, and help you to feel happier, younger, and more confident in your skin. Certain clothing pieces can help to boost your head-to-toe comfort and confidence, whether it’s a flattering new bra, pair of underwear, tank top, or body-shaping leggings. To buy a bra that flatters your bust and waistline, however, look for a durable, comfortable, and non-irritating product, such as the best-selling Davy Piper Charlie Crossover Bra.
3. Eat More Antioxidants
According to Healthline, several antioxidant-rich foods and beverages can help you to look and feel younger when consumed regularly — including green tea, dark chocolate, carrots, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, avocados, and tomatoes. And while you can’t reverse all signs of aging through diet alone, these nutrient-rich foods can help to protect your skin from wrinkles, inflammation, and sun and free radical damage — and keep your brain healthy as you grow older.
4. Practice Yoga Often
Laughter, a flattering wardrobe, and an antioxidant-rich diet can all help you to feel happier, healthier, and younger — but yoga is another important strategy to incorporate into your life to prevent yourself from looking and feeling older than you are. As you age, yoga helps to build and sustain lean muscle mass and tighten loose skin — especially gravity-defying poses such as the following:
As you begin to incorporate these four anti-aging strategies into your life, you may wish to book a personal healing session with Kama Hagar. Kama offers 30 and 60-minute sessions that can help you to develop a customized healing plan for looking and feeling younger, happier, and healthier while also improving your physical, emotional, and mental well-being overall.
The Bottom Line
While there’s nothing wrong with aging, the important thing is that you continue to feel happy, healthy, and confident in your skin as you grow older. You can’t prevent every wrinkle, fine line, and gray hair from appearing on your face, head, and body, but you can keep yourself from feeling older than you actually are — and these four research-based methods will help you to do it with ease.