Unfortunately, it's impossible to reverse aging. Every now and then, it feels like we are trudging our way through the vacuum of life, which sucks away all our enthusiasm. But it doesn't have to be like this.
By rejuvenating your mind, body, and soul, you can feel anew and experience the awe and curiosity of a teenager again. Of course, this almost sounds too good to be true. But luckily, studies have shown that rejuvenating really does improve your quality of life. So how can you incorporate this into your life?
This article will outline what it means to rejuvenate and the benefits of this. It will also suggest 5 ways you can rejuvenate.
What does it mean to rejuvenate
To rejuvenate something translates from the original Latin as to “make young again.” So while it can refer to appearance, we also use it to bring in new energy and vigor. When we rejuvenate something, we freshen it up.
We can rejuvenate our appearance by using personal grooming options, clothing choices, and an array of skin creams promising to take years off our appearance! Some may even choose to spend their money on botox.
But how do we rejuvenate our mind and body?
I don’t know about you, but I would love to have the energy and wonderment of a young child. Running around, splashing in puddles, and seeing things for the first time... What an exciting time. When we rejuvenate ourselves, we tap into that childlike vibe and harness a renewed vibrancy.
The benefits of rejuvenating
I will be careful here because I believe in promoting responsible and positive body image ideas. By this, I don’t think aspiring to look younger is always healthy.
I am in my 40s, and I am aging with grace. I have some grey hair and fine lines. I don’t believe people who look younger necessarily look better. And ultimately - aging is a privilege!
I promote a striving to look healthier. And we can do this through rejuvenating. So the benefits of rejuvenating are multiple. They start with us feeling and looking better.
And when we feel and look better, magical things start to happen, and a little domino effect occurs.
When we rejuvenate, we experience an:
- Increase in self-confidence.
- Enhanced self-esteem.
- Greater sense of well-being.
- Improved relationships.
- Greater sense of contentment and fulfillment.
- Deeper overall happiness.
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5 ways to rejuvenate
Do you ever look in the mirror and feel 10 years older than you are? Can you see the heaviness of your stress around your eyes?
Life can weigh us down. When you feel like this, it’s time to practice a little self-love and rejuvenate your energy levels.
Here are our five tips for how you can rejuvenate.
1. Get a massage or relax in a spa
I’m a qualified sports massage therapist. I appreciate the wonders of massage in helping prevent injury and recover from hard training sessions.
According to the Mayo Clinic, therapeutic massage has many benefits, including:
- Stress reduction.
- Stimulating different body systems.
- Feels soothing and comforting.
- Improves sleep quality.
- Reduce muscle tension and soreness.
- Reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
- Improve immune system functioning.
You can book a massage as a stand-alone treatment or go one step further and book into a spa for a half-day or full day of relaxation.
Top tip: Although it may be tempting to go to a spa with many friends, I highly recommend you go alone. This solitude allows you to switch off and not even think about conversing.
Massage and spa days are my favorite ways to help jump-start myself out of a spot of drudgery.
2. Make sleep a priority
Sleep is the most fundamental element to feeling energized and healthy. The role of sleep is widely known for its involvement in our physical and mental health. But did you know it is crucial in helping the body repair and rejuvenate itself?
According to this article, sleep-deprived animals lose all immune system functioning and die within a few weeks. When we sleep, we allow vital systems of the body to repair and rejuvenate. This includes:
- Brain function.
- Protein synthesis.
- Muscle growth.
- Tissue repair.
- Growth hormone release.
If you want to ensure you make the optimum use of the rejuvenating qualities of your sleep, consider these key factors:
- Build a consistent sleep habit.
- Aim to go to bed between 10 pm and 11 pm.
- Strive to have between 7 and 9 hours of sleep.
Many of us self-sabotage by staying up late, engrossed in a movie. Or we arrange a night out with friends to help blow off steam. If you are feeling the need for rejuvenation, you must not compromise on your sleep!
3. Time for a digital detox
I could be talking to myself here. In the last few days, perhaps even weeks, I’ve been drawn into far too many Twitter conversations. I can’t help myself. But what I need to do is take a step back. Maybe it’s time to delete the app from my phone again.
The less I use social media, the healthier I feel.
I try limiting my time, but sometimes my intentions don’t work. But ignore me, do as I say and not as I do.
- Put a time limit on your social media apps.
- Remove your social media apps from your phone, even for a short time scale.
- Delete social media accounts that don’t bring you joy.
- Unfollow social media profiles that don’t bring anything to your life.
Yes, it’s time to put down the phone, step away and look at something else than a screen.
4. Revamp your diet
What is your diet like? Do you get enough fruit and veggies? Do you take adequate protein for your activity level to help your body repair, recover and grow?
Do you manage to source all nutrient needs from your diet?
Nutrition is a complex area. But our energy levels pivot around what we put into our bodies. It’s not just about getting adequate calories; it’s about consuming the right foods to help our bodies and brains function like a supercar.
If you eat rubbish, you will feel rubbish. It’s as simple as that. So if you want to feel energized and banish fatigue, maybe it’s time to review your diet.
Some top tips from the HSS for eating for energy include:
- Don’t miss meals.
- Get an adequate breakfast.
- Ensure you get enough protein, complex carbs, and fat.
- Check your iron levels.
- Limit processed foods.
- Make sure you take in sufficient B12.
5. Cut out alcohol and caffeine
You may not like what I have to say here.
As humans, we can get things all out of sync and turn to quick-fix solutions that sabotage our long-term goals.
When we use alcohol and caffeine as a crutch for fatigue, we feed into the vicious cycle.
If you have a poor night’s sleep, you may turn to caffeine to help you stay alert. This extra use of caffeine will likely lead to compromised sleep that next night, leading you to use more caffeine the next day. We must break this damaging cycle.
Alcohol has a similar effect. Regular drinking can make you feel tired and sluggish and impair sleep quality.
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Every so often, we all feel a little frayed and burnt out. When you feel like this, your body cries out for self-compassion. You can show yourself kindness by helping rejuvenate your mind and body.
Here are our 5 tips on how to rejuvenate:
- Get a massage or relax in a spa.
- Make sleep a priority.
- Time for a digital detox.
- Revamp your diet.
- Cut out alcohol and caffeine.
What are your go-to methods to help rejuvenate your mind and body? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!