1. Family Matters
Family disputes are a major cause for stress in people. The reason for that is because we have a very close and intimate relationship with our family members, and if there is issue within the family, it affects our health adversely and may lead to early mortality. So the best option is to let bygones be bygones and come to peace with your loved ones.
2. Find Your Purpose In Life
According to a study conducted on people living in “blue zones”, areas of the world where people live the longest, it was found that those who have a purpose in life, who wake up every day looking forward to doing something, they live seven extra years of life. That is because such individuals are motivated and passionate, and traits help them stay active and focused
3. Be Social
Loneliness is bad for health. Studies have shown that people who are lonely have a forty-five percent higher risk of heart attacks. This is due to the fact that loneliness increases blood pressure and weakens the immune system of an individual. Conversely, being in the company of friends reduces mental stress. A University of California San Diego study found that people who interact with their friends on social websites like facebook also live longer.
4. Avoid Alcohol
Consuming alcohol more than a moderate amount (one glass for women, two for men) results in shorter life spans. Alcohol adversely affects the human liver and is a major cause for multiple forms of cancer, including mouth, liver, throat and breast cancer. It can also cause cardiovascular diseases like blood clots and heart attacks. So in order to stay healthy, one should try and cut short on alcohol consumption as much as possible.
5. Get A Four-Legged Friend
The American Heart Association published a report in the journal Circulation wherein it concluded that owning a pet reduces chances of heart disease. That is because they found having a pet had a direct co-relation with reducing anxiety and lowering blood pressure. So it might be a good time for you to get a dog.
On a side note, another stress reducing step is to prepare a Will, so that you are fully aware and in control of who gets what from your estate. To that end, Jeffrey L Weinstein can help you out. He has over two decades of experience working on Will and Estates matters.
Please do not hesitate to contact him on 212-693-3737.