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5 Non-Surgical Ways to Look Younger at 40

5 Non-Surgical Ways to Look Younger at 40

Do you remember the day you realized you had jumped from young to middle age? Whether you’re still in your late 30’s or a few years into your 40’s, things begin to change. You start to feel different and you start to look more mature as you age, which can be a disheartening reality to some. It probably surprised you one morning when you looked in the mirror and saw lines that you were quite certain weren’t there the day before. A pair of pants that made your backside look great the last time you wore them no longer fit the way you remembered them to. Sure, adjusting to aging takes some time, but it shouldn’t be glazed over that a major positive of aging is the wisdom you take along with you. There are some things you can do to look younger at 40 and to maintain your youth while aging gracefully.

1. Focus on Body Improvement

Maybe you dye your hair and use creams to keep your face looking youthful. You should also have a body that matches. There are some really simple practices and procedures you can do to obtain and maintain a fit and youthful body. Some people start with a non-surgical procedure to eliminate stubborn fat.[1] This often provides the motivation to further improve the body by toning and strengthening it. Having a fit body and working hard to keep it also has its advantages for your skin and your energy level.

If you haven’t been eating breakfast your whole adult life, it’s time to start. Eating breakfast can prevent unwanted weight gain as you boost your metabolism, which starts to slow down as you get older. Exercise boosts your human growth hormones, which is what you’d be paying for with facial injections to look younger. Adding a strength training routine to your workout regimen shores up your bones and prevents injuries. Not only will you feel and look stronger, you also circulate oxygen to your skin, which makes it look youthful and radiant.

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Exercise of any kind is going to boost the collagen production process, making your skin appear younger. It also prevents free radical damage, which is a contributor to looking older. You’ll sleep better so you avoid those dark circles under your eyes. You prevent your body skin from sagging when you maintain your muscle.

2. Kick Stress to the Curb

Stress sucks and here’s one more reason why: it ages you. When you’re stressed out, your heart beats abnormally and that causes unhealthy changes in your body’s system. Less oxygen is going to the brain so you don’t think as quickly, your libido suffers, and cells die much faster. Chronic stress for a long period of time can cause an increase in cortisol, which breaks down collagen. Collagen is what allows skin to regenerate, making it supple and healthy. All of these things can make you look and feel older than you are. Life is stressful for most of us but the key to overcoming stress is more about managing it than trying to rearrange your life to avoid it.

To combat stress, the main advice suggested by professionals in the beauty and health industry is to use breathing techniques.[2] This practice can put your heart into a healthier rhythm and relax you during times of stress. If you already have your own go-to method you use to relax, make sure you dedicate at least ten minutes every day to the practice. For a breathing exercise, try breathing in through your nose for 4 counts, hold the breath for 4 counts, release the breath for 5 counts. Pause again at the bottom of the breath for 4 counts before breathing in again. This does wonders for instantly relaxing you, as well as activating the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the pelvis. This exercise relaxes the muscles, heart, airways, blood vessels, and gastrointestinal tract.

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3. The Power of Illusion

A quick fix to looking years younger is to opt for a fringe bang or side swept bang. Bangs are a great way to hide the little lines on the forehead. They also bring focus to the parts of your face that don’t face aging as quickly, like your cheekbones and lips. Learn to spoil your hair with products that offer extra moisture and damage control.

Illusion is everything, so if you’re not feeling comfortable with certain aspects of your body, you can always fake it until you make it. Women have been doing this since the beginning of time. So get yourself some Spanx and a bra that provides some extra lift. If looking at yourself makes you feel old, do whatever it takes to make you feel good.

4. Pamper Your Face

The face is the main telltale sign of age so it’s important to put a lot of focus on pampering it in order to look young well after 40. It takes dual action to conquer aging skin. Your diet and exercise have as much to do with how your face looks as the treatments you use.

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Anti-aging foods include, but are not limited to, watermelon, pomegranates, blueberries, lobster, kale, and eggs. Also, if you smoke it’s really time to quit.[3] Nicotine causes blood vessels to get smaller on the surface of your hands and face, impairing the flow of blood. When that happens, your skin doesn’t get enough oxygen or nutrients that would normally help you look younger.

Here are some beauty tips on pampering your face the right way:

  • Buy a cleanser that is designed for your skin and contains alpha hydroxy acids. AHAs stimulate cell turnaround and assist in priming your skin for better absorption of moisturizing products.
  • Exfoliate your skin regularly to remove dead skin cells and reveal an instant glow.
  • Regularly use an anti-aging serum and leave it on overnight. Anti-aging serums often contain antioxidants like resveratrol and Vitamin C and D. They diminish inflammation that are caused by free radicals, thereby evening out your skin tone and getting rid of puffiness.
  • Moisturize daily with one that includes SPF. This will stop any further damage to your skin caused by UVA and UVB rays. For night use, get a night cream that moisturizes your skin deeply.

5. Maintain a High Level of Bliss

Looking young at 40 means having a life that you intended on. While it probably wasn’t an easy road, you’ve made it to an age where you’re wise enough to drop destructive habits. Peace and happiness in your life is one of the surefire ways you can combat signs of aging. Finding ways to cultivate happiness will give you more energy and your life will be filled with more meaning, which is an excellent side effect.

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Some ways to keep a high level of bliss include:

  • Staying social by doing fun activities with friends that bring fulfillment.
  • Trying new things to prevent stagnancy and boredom.
  • Getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night.

There are plenty of ways to slow down the aging process from the inside out. Be diligent about nurturing your skin, working out regularly, and having fun. Don’t let your age get you down, it really is just a number.

Featured photo credit: lightstargod/pixabay via pixabay.com

Reference

[1] http://advancedskinfitness.com/dallas-fat-reduction-treatments/coolsculpting/
[2] http://www.healthydietbase.com/the-beauty-and-health-benefits-of-deep-breathing/
[3] http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20340112,00.html/view-all

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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