Self-awareness leads to self-regulation and our optimal health at every level.
It's challenging to change without an awareness of the necessity to change. In this case, what you don't know will hurt you.
Dealing with depression is fundamental to living a satisfying life, and that’s reason enough to pursue mindfulness- energetic and mood-boosting solutions. But a recent study provides even more motivation:
Researchers have found that negative thoughts can lead to premature cell death—and that equals aging.
How? The lifespan of a cell is dictated in part by a cellular structure called a telomere, which protects genetic data and helps cells divide.
Each time a cell divides, however, the telomere shortens; eventually it becomes too short and the cell dies.
In an analysis of studies involving more than 7,000 people, researchers discovered that telomeres were significantly shorter in people suffering from depression compared to their happier counterparts.
Taming your response to the person who just cut you off or looping old negative thoughts from someone that “pissed you off” is costing you and adds years to your life, suggests research from the University College London.
Hostile thoughts are seen to shorten these cellular structures, leading to premature aging of cells—and you.
Doubting and being skeptical of any new or different ideas points to a study published the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that cynical individuals had a much higher risk of heart attack, depression, metabolic disease, and die at younger ages.
Expecting the worst is really just the worst. In a study on pessimism and telomere length, researchers found that pessimism in both men and women was linked to poor health and shorter telomeres; when pessimists developed cancer or heart disease, the sickness progressed faster ending in an earlier death.
Getting stuck in a rut is different from healthy reflection and a healthy future vision.
If you’re analyzing that same situation over and over - that’s rumination and it’s linked to anxiety and depression, according to research.
High levels of the stress hormone cortisol and elevated heart rate, which along with depression can shorten telomeres.
Other feelings such as suppression, comparison and more all point to the same results - excess cortisol, the release of stress revealing hormones - and the electrical messaging to the life supporting organs such as our gut, liver and heart.
Thats the long of it! Now make sure you have the self love and external support to keep those telomeres lengthened!
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