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STRESS MANAGEMENT: Stress and Burnout Speed Premature Aging

Updated on December 22, 2014
Stress - Portrait of a Killer
Stress and Aging -- Scientific Evidence
Burnout and Aging
Stress the Major Contributor to Premature Aging
You are facing stress daily and you are prematurely aging
You are facing stress daily and you are prematurely aging

Age creeps up on you silently. The shock of growing old has driven many a tormented soul in search of elixir of youth.

Are you the one who would like to reverse your biological age?

Would you like to cut 10 to 20 years off your biological age - the true age that your body should be measured, in terms of function, rather than your chronological age as measured by the candles on your birthday cake?

I am 49 years old but my biological age states I am 35!!!

Age may be more related to reactions to stress and the absence of disease rather than to a person's chronological age, say leading researchers in the fields of neurobiology and psychoneuroendocrinology.

Although the opposite is right as well. Aging creates stress, especially premature aging.

Stress - Portrait of a Killer

National Geographic: Stress - Portrait of a Killer
National Geographic: Stress - Portrait of a Killer

Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University, reveals just how dangerous prolonged exposure to stress can be. Don't miss it, it's worth every penny! You'll want to share it with your friends.


Stress and Aging -- Scientific Evidence

Everyone knows that stress can make you age before your time--but everyone knows is folk wisdom, not science.

But an important new study [team of scientists reported that long-term, unrelenting stress on mothers can damage the DNA of their immune-system cells in a way that may speed up the aging process. the most stressed women in the study had cells that looked 10 years older than their chronological age] shows that there is the direct link between stress and aging. This is a finding that could explain why intense, long-term emotional strain can make people get sick and grow old before their time.

"Everybody's trying to figure out what causes aging and premature aging. We all know that stress seems to age people -- just look at the aging of our presidents after four years," said Dennis H. Novack, who studies the link between emotions and health at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. The new study has "demonstrated that there is no such thing as a separation of mind and body -- the very molecules in our bodies are responsive to our psychological environment."

Burnout and Aging

"Burnout can certainly make you feel old before your time," says C. David Jenkins, Ph.D., professor of reventive medicine and community health at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

"Burnout tends to drain people of the physiological and mental reserves that are, in youth, typically there to keep them going. Luckily, burnout does not necessarily age people or take years off their lives in a permanent fashion. It can be reversed."

Burnout can be reversed! Learn the ways to cope with a burnout.

To learn the signs of burnout Click HERE>>>

Coping With Stress - Stress Eating and Premature Aging

Stress the Major Contributor to Premature Aging

Imagine that you are a zebra strolling across the savanna. You are minding your business when a lion comes charging towards you from the bushes. The classical stress reaction of " fight or flight" starts - your body quickly paces itself through a series of neurological, biochemical, hormonal, and physiological actions - to escape and survive.

For zebra the stress response runs its complete course, in a relatively short period. The stress occurs (lion), which causes the zebra's brain and hormonal system to release a series of stress hormones, which enables to fight or run away. After getting away from the lion, the zebras stress hormones return to normal - end of story. Adapted from The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health - And What You Can Do About It by Ph.D. Shawn Talbott Ph.D.

We Humans Are Not So Lucky

In the 21st century we are the victims of chronic stress, burnout and elevated stress hormone - cortisol level.

If we experience stressful events on regular basis and we are unable to effectively rid ourselves from them, then our cortisol levels stay constantly elevated above normal level.

Stress and elevated cortisol levels involves and damages 100% of our body systems, affect our overall health and massively contributes to premature aging.

Healthy Aging For Dummies

Healthy Aging For Dummies
Healthy Aging For Dummies

People are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about managing their health as they age. Healthy Aging For Dummies explains how people can embark on a healthy lifestyle that will enable them to feel young, both mentally and physically, even as they’re getting older.


Let's look at the facts:

- Nearly 80 million U.S. adults have some form of cardiovascular disease,(CVD)and someone in U.S. dies every 36 seconds from CVD.

- More than 20 million people have diabetes, and adults with diabetes die from heart disease at a rate two to four times higher than adults without diabetes.

- Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight and more than 30 % are obese.

Get more facts in Healthy Aging For Dummies.

Have you have noticed lately that:

  • you are feeling low on energy
  • your memory is getting weaker
  • your bone density decreases as well as muscle mass and muscles become limp
  • your libido and sex drive reduce but menopausal side effects increase
  • starting to gain weight and experiencing difficulties to lose it
  • your cholesterol level and blood pressure is creeping up

Do you want to object saying that those are signs of aging.

Yes, you are right - a permanently elevated stress hormone - cortisol levels is the shortest way to premature aging.

But I have the good news: you HAVE A CHOICE!

You Have a Choice - Even Two

Indeed you have two choices:

  • The easiest choice is to do nothing (like most of people) and let chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels slowly break down our bodily defenses and increase your risk for poor health and LOOKING AND FEELING OLD.

       When you don't do anything, you'll become a likely candidate for a burn-out.

  • The more effective choice is to take action toward stress management.

Holistic Stress Management Coaching

"The findings emphasize the importance of managing life stress, to take it seriously if one feels stressed, to give your body a break, and make life changes that promote well-being," Elissa Epel, a psychiatrist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), who helped conduct the research said.

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.

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About the Author

Dr.Inese Millere , M.D. is lifestyle coach in holistic stress management and mindful eating for busy women after 40 who want to be Fit, Balanced and Ageless: to manage stress, stress eating, have a healthy and joyful relationship with food and enjoy healthy living and longevity.

Join her 8-week Stop Stress Eating Blueprint -- a comprehensive and sustainable healthy lifestyle program using mindful eating approach that guides you to eat instinctively, end mindless and emotional eating without deprivation and guilt, live a more active lifestyle, and balance eating for enjoyment with eating for health.


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      Unity 2 years ago

      Keep these aretilcs coming as they've opened many new doors for me.

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      Teiya 2 years ago

      None can doubt the vearicty of this article.

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      rebu 7 years ago from Coorg,India

      thnx for sharing..

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      Inese 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      revitawellness@ thank you for the reading and the nice words. We all want to stay young looking and young feeling as long as possible, arent we? All we need is the application of the right knowledge.

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      revitawellness 7 years ago from Mecklenburg

      Yes, this is true that Stress and Burnout Speeds Premature Aging. I like this hub.