Each one of us experience stress in our day-to-day life. But people who experience heavy stress that continues for years have adverse impact on their health.
Stress is known to cause lifestyle conditions like heart diseases, mental disease, diabetes and even cancer. More importantly, recent studies have shown that stress is responsible for reducing your life expectancy.
Men as well as women are likely to get affected by the harmful effects of stress on their life span. While stress affects everyone, the educated and financially well-off are more affected by the negative impacts of stress.
In developed countries like the United States and United Kingdom, people have better jobs and accompanying benefits of financial security. But they have to face anxiety-producing situations more often and live in a state of perpetual stress. Such people have lowered life expectancy by over two years – for men it’s 2.8 years and for women it’s 2.3 years.
These group of people have to cope with work related stress and pressures of meeting deadlines as well as dealing with seniors, colleagues and juniors. If this continues for long without the intervening techniques of stress management, then these people live with the risk of reduced life expectancy.
How to increase your lifespan?
If stress and anxiety is reducing your life expectancy, it should be possible to increase your lifespan by coping with stress.
Research on stress coping has shown that your fears and worries can be reduced by regularly practicing meditation, yoga and breathwork. Besides, listening to music and exercising for at least 150 minutes per week can be effective in destressing yourself.
Eat a healthy diet that include proteins, carbohydrate, fats and lots of fruits and vegetable for vitamins and minerals.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle with practices like drinking alcohol in moderation, saying no to drugs, and getting more than 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night. Join a club or a welfare group in your community to increase social interaction, which will help you to reduce stress and increase your lifespan.