10-second life coach: How to slow down the effects of ageing

10-second life coach: How to slow down the effects of ageing

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23:08 GMT, 28 October 2012

Here are five tips, based on scientific research, to help you slow down the effects of ageing:

1. Maintain a sense of control in your life. Do not associate old age with helplessness and reliance on others. Instead, try to exert control over as many aspects of your life as possible. Research suggests that even the smallest amount of control makes a big difference. Shop for yourself, look after a houseplant, tend to your garden, get a pet and get out and about under your own steam.

Slow the effects of ageing by staying active, having fun, and being young at heart

Slow the effects of ageing by staying active, having fun, and being young at heart

2. Keep mentally active. There is a great deal of debate about whether so-called 'brain training' affects your mental well-being. However, acting as if you are interested in the world around you is beneficial. Keep up with world news, find out what is happening in your area, start a blog, set goals, maintain hobbies and stay in touch with friends and family.

3. Young at heart. Studies show those who spend time with children and younger people stay young. Make room in your life for grandchildren.

4. Be active. Try to move like a younger person. Keep physically strong, become involved in sport.

5. Make an effort. The way you look influences how you feel. One study measured the blood pressure of women before and after they had their hair dyed. Women who thought that they looked younger after the appointment showed a significant reduction in blood pressure.

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