If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that will improve your life and make you look and feel younger, I’ve got just the thing.
I’m sure you know about the calming effects of meditation, but have you heard that meditation is proven to slow down aging?
Studies show that people who meditate age slower than people who don’t. And, a recent study found that people who practiced meditation for over 5 years appeared to be up to 12 years younger than non-meditators!
How Meditation Slows Aging
Slow, deep breathing triggers your body’s relaxation response, preventing psychological worry from turning into physical inflammation. Inflammation causes aging, so anything that reduces it will help you stay younger, longer.
Stress also causes aging, and meditation slows aging by reducing stress.
Chronic stress shortens your telomeres which are like end caps for your chromosomes that preserve your genetic code during cell division.
Each time your cells divide, your telomeres shorten, and as your telomeres shorten, you age.
Research has found that meditators have longer telomeres than people who don’t meditate. People who meditate also have more telomerase in their bodies, which is an enzyme that rebuilds telomeres and prevents premature telomere shortening.
Meditation also produces melatonin, a beneficial sleep-inducing hormone that slows down aging by reducing damage to your cells.
How to Meditate
Meditation is just a fancy word for deep breathing and all it takes is being aware of your inhalations and exhalations.
Meditation can be done anywhere and at anytime, and you can reap all the benefits above with just 10 minutes of practice a day.
Calm is a meditation app I love that’s perfect for beginners. This app includes short, guided meditations that will make you feel like a million bucks in 10 minutes or less.
I also recommend reading Inner Tranquility: A Guide to Seated Meditation. It’s an easy breezy book that’ll have you meditating like a pro (and looking younger) in no time!