If you’re looking to save on housing costs, you might be better off sacrificing convenience and excitement for a little peace and quiet. It turns out that living in a high-stress neighborhood can directly affect your cellular health, thus causing your body to age at a faster rate—adding a shocking 12 years of biological aging. Not all of us can pick up and move, of course, so what should you do if you live in a stressful neighborhood? Although the study didn’t make lifestyle suggestions to improve the impact of a high-stress environment, exercise can be a great way to help. According to the Mayo Clinic, any form of exercise helps bump up the production of your brain's endorphins, also known as your feel-good neurotransmitters, which helps relieve stress. So go try whatever exercise you enjoy most in a more scenic environment, such as the beach, park or wilderness, and away from where you live. Have you noticed a difference in your well-being based on the stress level of your neighborhood? What do you do to relieve it? Weigh in down below in the comments.
Aging Too Fast? Blame it on Your Zip Code
February 13, 2017