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Age Less - Live More! by Cheryl Janecky

Age Less - Live More! by Cheryl Janecky

Aging does not mean decline. Aging is passages we all go through and the outcomes are as diverse as we are. People age differently in different cultures and different socio-economic groups ­ and it¹s not always the results you might expect "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere." Glenn Turner.

Studies on aging have only found ONE thing that actually slows the aging  process: a low calorie diet!  The societies with the longest ­ healthiest ­ - longevity eat low caloric diets. They also live in rural villages: fresh water and food (no chemicals) and little stress.  "Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life." Danzae Pace.

Nothing ages you faster than stress. Stress is also the culprit behind illness, disease and poor reasoning ability. The good news is: you have TOTAL control over the stress you experience. It¹s a choice. Why have so many made such bad choices? Because they think they can get what they want tolerating stress. Most believe that stress is a by-product of  getting what you want the old work ethic. Actually stress means you¹re going in the wrong direction, and NOT going to get what you want - but that¹s another story. "Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy." Leo Buscaglia.

You can choose to live stress-free. One good way to start is on a fun area  that we are all motivated to do: look ten years younger. It¹s very simple,  but you have to do it ­ that depends on your motivation. And your insight or on an "ah HA! moment"  that THIS works!

I guarantee it works. It simply follows from the fact of experiencing it - like all common sense. I can't guarantee you'll do it. (If you do, you might end up kicking the expensive rejuvenation face products habit. And look better naturally.)

To begin, read this section and THEN go to the mirror. You¹ll see why in a moment. Allow your face to relax into your natural expression. (We all have  one.) Next, choose a mirror where you won¹t be interrupted for ten minutes.  (you only need two, but ten would be nice, huh?)  Now go to the mirror. Gaze softly at yourself. Don¹t change anything. Just observe where you are right now, relaxed with the natural tension you carry in your face. If you hear your mind chatter about lines, wrinkles, or aging note that that¹s your self-talk, programming your future. Do you want to do that? You  could be saying to yourself, I love feeling and looking refreshed and happy. I choose to be healthy, wealthy and wise.  And repeat that over again until it sticks.

"Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action." Walter Anderson

Now start with the mouth: and allow your lips to soften, your teeth to part slightly, your jaw relax. Notice the difference. That will also relax the area around your hairline and then your eyes. As you relax gently, you¹ll feel a smile ³behind your eyes.² That¹s you being happy at being set free. As your mouth softens you will feel a natural smile emerge. The tension in your neck and shoulders will release.  Don¹t  do  that,  just allow it to happen. Next: open your mouth wide: yawn. Repeat 3 times. Notice the difference: you can now feel the tension relaxing ­ it tingles. Now open wide and stick your tongue out as far as you can. Repeat 3 times. Now you can feel the tension inside tingle. And your lips too. Once you get all this stretched out and
relaxed, your face will relax another 30% or so. "Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." Chinese Proverb

This may take a little longer at first ­ but 2 minutes is long enough. Repeat this again several times and you¹ll soon relax and be happy in 30 seconds ­ or less. Recall your ³normal tense expression.² You want to see where you are in the old worried or anxious habit compared to where you¹ll be "relaxed." That difference will motivate you to continue throughout the day, and just do it.  Also, checking a few times a day will show you your normal face-tension. You are aiming at the same relaxation as a happy, sleepy baby. No face tension. No judgment. Content. Happy. Stress Free. That¹s timeless and ageless and you can do it. Compare the kids faces with your own and get a strong image of what you want to feel. Normally it takes a little longer starting up the good habit, maybe 10 minutes a day until you remember, I love feeling happy, healthy, wealthy, wise. And your face will respond. A side benefit is that so does the rest of your life. The better it gets, the better it gets. The next stage happens when you begin to remember throughout the day to just smile and relax.  After all, you can expect to repeat this for several months as it took you YEARS of training to get that tension stuck in place. Eventually you will only need 1 minute or so a day ­ 10 seconds at a time, and then only when you undertake stress-filled activities (family gatherings, new job, separations, problems ­ life.) Once a habit is in place, it continues automatically.

"Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right." Henry Ford

And if you don¹t continue to relax your face until you create a new habit  that¹s stress free?  Well, then you¹ll see yourself age quickly - beginning with the stress lines you have just discovered. It¹s an I.Q. test. Once you see how YOU are doing  it to you it¹s pretty likely you¹ll stop it. Your Good Fortune for today is, Your beauty shines from within you ­ don¹t cage it in.

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