Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Science has proved that stress damage to DNA is the culprit behind wrinkles, gray hair, and diseases that can shorten our lifespan.

Think about it like this; Have you ever noticed how quickly our Presidents age after spending a short period of time in office? Have you ever been so stressed out that you notice a change in your complexion, weight, or sleep patterns? Getting control of stress is paramount to living a healthy lifestyle.

Cortisol an important hormone in the body is also referred to as “the stress hormone” because it’s secreted in much higher levels during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, and can be responsible for several stress-related changes in the body including weight gain in the belly and premature aging.

If you have a highly stressed lifestyle, you must act now to eliminate as much stress as you can to stay healthy and stop the signs of premature aging.

The best way to handle stress is to learn to relax your body with various stress management techniques. Regular exercise, yoga, soothing music, meditation and breathing exercises have been found to be very helpful in relaxing the body and mind, aiding the body in maintaining healthy cortisol levels.

Lower stress and maintain healthy cortisol levels by implementing some of these stress busting ideas today.

Stress Reduction Action Plan:

1. Create a Happy Journal

Observe and record ten things that make you happy every day.

2. Be Quiet

Schedule 15 minutes each day to be peaceful.

3. Move your Body

Schedule time for some sort of exercise every day.

4. Listen to Music

When you are feeling overwhelmed, choose a piece of music to life your spirits.

5. Make Time For Yourself

Plan a minimum of 30 minutes EVERY day to do something just for YOU.

Slow down the aging process by first focusing your energy on who you are on the inside. When you start to live a lower stress lifestyle, you will be amazed by how much better you feel. Your friends and colleagues will notice your transformation and you will be taking the first step on the path of a well-balanced life.

Author's Bio: 

For 15 years, Shann Vander Leek has inspired sales professionals and entrepreneurs. Telephone and email consultations make her accessible to clients all over the world. Please visit to sign up for the True Balance E-Zine or to schedule your complimentary 30-minute discovery session.