People often associate longevity with boredom, loneliness, and weariness of having been on earth for so long. On the contrary, the truth is that with good health, long life is something to look forward to. So, forget about the growth hormone injections and let’s focus on real things that work. Find out how body, mind, and soul work in sync to determine how long you live. The following is an insight into the relationship between health and longevity.
1. MENTAL HEALTH
What is the relationship between mental health and longevity? I all starts in the brain. A healthy mind supports a healthy body and a healthy soul.
How Often Do You Exercise Your Brain?
As you grow older, the brain ages too and constantly undergo a treacherous time trying to cope with the neurological effects of aging. Some of the effects include memory loss and susceptibility to other mental illnesses like dementia. Researchers have found out that there are some brain exercises that could help you maintain a healthy brain and as a result even extend your longevity. These exercises include listening to music, doing calculations in your head, learning a foreign language, learning a new game/sport and challenging your smell and taste senses.
What Stress Is Doing to You
Every time you allow stress to negatively affect the way you live, you are actually allowing it to reduce your life expectancy. Stress also interferes with the normal level of cortisol, a hormone that is responsible for regulating blood sugar level as well as sustenance or memory. Continued periods of stress, therefore, open the door to lower immunity, memory loss, and the possibility of suffering life-threatening conditions like stroke. If not taken care of, stress often graduates to depression which is even more difficult to manage. Even so, psychologists say that it is normal to experience stress from time to time. It is one of the ways we learn important lessons in life.
Education and Awareness
A recent study shows that better-educated persons and those who are more aware of situations are usually healthier. The study also reported that more educated people are less likely to suffer from chronic illnesses. More educated and informed people are likely to have more advantages like health insurance and enough income for better diets. The more educated population in society is also less likely to engage in unhealthy practices like smoking. As such, the study concluded that educated people are more likely to live longer than other individuals. Since the brain is the part of you that learns, it is good to feed it with important and meaningful information. Also, ask your doctor about the foods that aid in better comprehension for an easier learning experience.
2. PHYSICAL HEALTH
Your body is the only visible part of you, and it needs a lot of maintenance. Learn to give the body what it needs, not what it wants.
Staying Active Through All Stages
Are you wishing you could always maintain a youthful appearance? Well, stop wishing and start working towards it. Experts say that people who maintain an active lifestyle from their youth to middle age often have a higher chance of living past the life expectancy. If exercise hasn’t been your thing, don’t just run to the gym because you read this. Begin by adopting a more active lifestyle every day. Walk more, drive less, start stretching for more flexibility, consult your doctor about the best cardiovascular exercises to start and stick to the routine.
Diet, Exercise and Your Heart
Almost 85% of all old people die of heart-related illnesses. Physicians say that the number one way of ensuring you have a healthy heart even after 65 years is maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. If you and your heart are to be friends, reduce your sugar, fat and alcohol intake, put the cigarette away for good and start an exercise routine. If you are not entirely a vegan, try as much as possible to eat white meat in place of red meat. A recent study found that red meat is not good for the heart as it is a source of blood cholesterol. A healthy heart is also dependent on a healthy body weight. A balanced diet is the best source of immunity. Apart from keeping you from contracting illnesses, a good diet keeps away lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes type 2, kidney disease, and atherosclerosis.
3. EMOTIONAL HEALTH
According to Plato, your soul is comprised of reason, spirit, and appetite. It is the most important part of you. It is actually who you really are. Tame your soul by adopting and keeping habits that work towards better health.
The Power of Positivity
Your success in attaining longevity depends very much on a positive attitude and the happiness that comes with it. The ability to stay positive in the midst of such issues as the midlife crisis, age discrimination, and deteriorating health is important if longevity is your target. Positivity comes from feeling good about yourself and the environment around you. Pursue your goals to achieve personal satisfaction and surround yourself with the right people.
Success in Relationships
Too many heartbreaks are not good for your health. From friendships to marriage and all other relationships in between, the success rate of important relationships actually affects longevity. Experts say that maintaining new and old friendships helps people avoid loneliness and stress. People with happier marriages and fewer divorces are also likely to live longer. This is, however, not to mean that single men or women can’t be happy. As long as one can make meaningful friendships as they grow older, he/she will have people to offer the moral and emotional support needed in the journey of life.
Spirituality and Longevity
Research reveals that people who have a profound spiritual life are less apprehensive about getting old. Faith has a direct bearing on happiness and contentment in life. People who believe in GOD live longer than their counterparts who don’t. The Bible actually records GOD fearing people who lived for hundreds of years. On the other hand, psychologists have recorded a positive behavioral change in patients who got introduced to a more spiritual life during therapy. Believing in GOD often goes hand in hand with a life free of risky behavior like drug and substance use, and promiscuity which in turn translates to a healthier longer life. And if you didn’t know there are parts of the world where health is complemented by faith. I actually once walked into a hospital and saw a wall hanging with the words, “We treat, but GOD heals”.