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8 Healthy Habits That Make You Radiant

How to Achieve a More Youthful Appearance, Naturally

-- By Natalie Nichols, Health & Beauty Writer
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Hold Your Head High
Sometimes, looking radiant is all in the way you carry yourself. If you walk into a room with your eyes on the floor, shoulders slumped, of course you’re going to look older--and probably pretty miserable. Now that you know how to practice perfect posture, it should be even easier to hold your head high and command any room. No matter where you're going, walk like you have purpose--even if you’re just going on your weekly grocery run. Good posture, smiling and looking people directly in the eye when you speak shows confidence, strength and can result in a younger, more alert appearance. So go ahead and live with some gusto!
 
Live Happy, Stress Less
It goes without saying that changing negative thoughts into positive ones will help relieve stress and make you happier. And guess what? Younger-looking people are typically those who do, in fact, stress less! When you’re stressed out and anxious, your body produces more cortisol, adrenaline and other chemicals that can make you feel depressed, tired and worn out. Plus, ongoing stress doesn’t do your immune system any favors. Too much stress can cause your glands to produce excess oil which can worsen skin conditions like acne and even eczema. So, take a deep breath and time to relax every day--even if you have just ten minutes. Learn how to live a stress-free lifestyle by trying some simple yoga posess, meditation or enjoying a spa treatment in the comfort of your own home. You’ll look and feel better before you know it.  
 
Do Nothing At All
Sometimes, we just need to relax for a while to gain youthful energy and be more productive later. Taking time to do nothing also plays a big part in stressing less in order to improve our appearance. But sometimes, when we think about everything we need to accomplish each day, taking time to do nothing can sound absurd. But, rest assured, freeing your mind of unwanted thoughts and stress will help you feel rejuvenated, rested and downright blissful.
 
Not sure how to go about doing nothing? You’re not alone! These three easy tips will help you master the art of doing absolutely nothing. You can always start small, devoting just five minutes to this necessary act each day to live a happier, healthier, more youthful existence.
 
  1. Find a spot where there are no distractions, noise or people that can interrupt you. Heck, close yourself in the bathroom if you must!
     
  2. Unplug everything. Turn off the television, your mobile phone, computer and any other electronics that can cause distractions. Better yet, don’t allow them to be in arm’s reach.
     
  3. Sit or lay in a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus on the sound of your breath.
Adopting just some of these natural, healthy habits will help you achieve a more youthful appearance and keep you looking gorgeous and radiant from the inside, out!
 
Source List
Cleveland Clinic, "Posture for a Healthy Back," www.clevelandclinic.com, accessed on April 15, 2013.
 
Kunst, Jennifer, Ph.D., "The Lost Art of Doing Nothing," Psychology Today, August 8, 2011.
 
Watson, Stephanie, "Are You Getting Enough Beauty Sleep," WebMD, accessed on April 15, 2013.
 
 
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Natalie Nichols Natalie Nichols
Natalie lost nearly 30 pounds the SparkPeople way before becoming a health and beauty contributor to the site. A self-proclaimed "girly girl," Natalie couldn't bear to break a sweat when she was younger, but now can't imagine living a life without exercise. In her spare time she practices yoga, enjoys cooking and stays involved in her community. Leading by example, she hopes to inspire others to live healthier and happier lifestyles, too.

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Member Comments

  • Oh, excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT points. Thanks so much for putting all the ducks in a row! I am sixty, have always consciously practiced each of these directives thanks to the teachings of my wonderfully wise mother and her mother and her - well, you get my point :) People are always shocked when I tell them my age, guessing me at early 40's at the outside. Yes, I am very pleased lol. The best advice is the simple stuff, so keep preaching it, girl! - 8/12/2013 10:59:24 PM
  • KB42ANDFIT
    Would you write this article with the lede in male pronouns? If not, don't write it for women either. Why shouldn't I celebrate my achievements of having lived 40+ years successfully and happily? - 8/12/2013 10:33:56 AM