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12 Things Anti-Aging Experts Don’t Do: Aging Foods and Habits to Avoid

12 Things Anti-Aging Experts Don’t Do: Aging Foods and Habits to Avoid

We can learn to shave off years (or at least strive to look 10 to 20 years younger) by following some of the tips that anti-aging experts use on themselves, and avoid aging behaviors and habits.

Here’s a list of the aging foods and habits to avoid:

1. They don’t skip the face scrubbing

With all the exfoliation tools on the market today, there’s little reason to walk around with a countenance dulled by layers of dead skin. From $7 tubes of St. Ives scrub to $299 at-home microdermabrasion machines, experts know that fresher layers of dermis can be had at a variety of budgets.

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2. They don’t walk around with yellow teeth

A smile stained golden by nicotine, coffee or other substances isn’t attractive, and for some reason screams, “Old person alert!” Youthful experts invest in whitening toothpaste and pour hydrogen peroxide atop their toothbrushes every day to shine up their teeth. Don’t forget the floss, too. It’ll help your heart.

3. They don’t ignore the scale and chow down on bad foods

Of course, we all have our days when Oreo mint cookies and Lay’s dill potato chips seem like our best friends. But beauty experts don’t live there permanently. Enjoy the junk once and a good while, however, make fruit and veggies your mainstay, in order to help keep your collagen nice and fluffy.

4. They don’t skip “hitting that steel” often

Forget the misconception that strength training will bulk you up to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger during his Pumping Iron days. We’ve all heard the edict that states you lose muscle with age, so it’s important to build your bones and muscles with resistance training.

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5. They don’t keep with the same cardio routine

Yeah, who doesn’t love sweating out the stress via 5K workouts on the elliptical machine or the treadmill? Pundits claim that wandering into a yoga class, too, could help bring new blood and life to our faces in ways that make us appear younger and more relaxed. Hot yoga, here I come!

6. They don’t leave hair on their faces – if they’re of the female persuasion

Women may find their bodies playing strange tricks on them as they age, and one of those tricks might be the appearance of facial hair that they’ve never had before. Whether they use a $2 razor or more expensive facial waxing services or laser hair removal treatments, fountain-of-youth connoisseurs get those moustaches and muttonchops taken care of, already!

7. They don’t ignore the age spots

Liver spots and dark spots left by acne scarring are another telltale aging factor that “professionals of pretty” address, usually by using bleaching creams containing 2% hydroquinone creams – FDA approved, but not without controversy – or those that contain vitamin C or kojic acid.

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8. They don’t neglect the estrogen and testosterone situation

Getting older sometimes means dealing with menopausal symptoms or “low T.” Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy, especially after a hysterectomy, or testosterone treatment – but make sure to learn all the risk factors, especially for men who’ve had heart issues.

9. They don’t forget to address their acne

Adult acne can be an annoying problem to encounter, but experts don’t leave their faces in a mess of cystic acne – which can be related to hormonal problems – if they can help it. Consult a dermatologist to determine the root of your acne and the best possible treatment options.

10. They don’t act or dress “old”

Sometimes it’s not a matter of how you look, but how you act that ages you. Pick up on clues by observing how younger people speak and dress to discover what’s actually going on around you. Not that you should start dressing like Nicki Minaj, but at least be in the know enough to know what the word “thot” means.

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11. They don’t judge younger people harshly

Experts remember that they were young and wild once – or perhaps still are and just trying to hide it. Youthful people don’t look down their noses at younger folks as if they are inept and ignorant. Instead, they realize everyone has something to teach them.

12. They don’t surround themselves with strictly people their own age

You can only learn from a variety of people if you’re around folks of many different ages and backgrounds. Experts make strides to go those places where they are likely to meet many kinds of people. Go forth, be fruitful and multiply the young vibes.

Featured photo credit: Bigstockphoto.com/karonbt via bigstockphoto.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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