Stop your negativity! Lighten up! According to a University of Michigan research, men who think the worst of themselves may be headed for early graves. Scientists found that those who saw every personal setback as a catastrophe had a 25 percent greater risk of death and died an average of 2 years earlier than men who addressed their failures more positively. So the old luxury of negative self talk, self condemnation, put downs, and self degradation must cease, permanently.
According to a new study conducted at the State University of New York, the reduction in stress from missing a few days of work shrinks heart-attack and stroke risk by nearly 30 percent.
In 1992, The International Journal of Neuroscience reported that daily meditation added a full 12 years, on average, to the life span of senior citizens. A study of 2,000 seniors found that those who did relaxation exercises daily had 87 percent fewer heart attacks than is normal for their age group, 55 percent fewer cancerous tumors and 87 percent fewer nervous disorders. To relax, try tai chi, meditation or yoga.
According to a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study, men classified as having the highest level of anger in response to stress were over 3 times more likely to develop premature heart disease than those who reported lower anger responses. They were also over 6 times more likely to have a heart attack by the age of 55. One possible explanation is the correlation between anger and high blood pressure, a condition that commonly develops in highly stressed individuals. So your lesson is simple: Try as much as you can to let unavoidable, everyday stresses roll off your shoulders.
While we love pounding that treadmill, it’s worth trying a mellower form of exercise. The long-term health benefits of yoga are that it’s a gentle, non-damaging form of physical exercise. It also provides muscular strength, flexibility, joint mobility and strong bones. Stress is a contributing factor to heart disease and high blood pressure, and yoga is good at relieving stress.
Warning #1: “Don’t go out without a coat or you’ll get sick!”
Truth: Colds and flu are not caused by catching a chill or by dejectedly walking home from your girlfriend’s in the rain without your rubbers. Nonetheless, this myth persists, largely because most people get sick during winter, when these situations commonly occur. It may even be possible to think yourself ill. If you dread damp feet, your brain may depress your immune system when it happens.