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33 ways to practice the art of self-care – Lifestyle | Los Angeles Times

By Marielle Wakim, Jan. 13, 2022 7 AM PT

(Lively Scout / For The Times)

When you hear the phrase self-care, chances are you fall into one of two camps: You either want to retch violently or you want to raise a glass of wine in tribute (one that you’re somehow managing to drink while lying face-down on a massage table).

Arguably, both responses are valid. The practice of self-care has strayed from its radical roots — more on those in a second — and evolved into a posh solution for myriad modern-day ailments, including but certainly not limited to long workdays, tense family gatherings, political conversations, and circling the parking garage at the Grove two days before Christmas.

But in its more nascent form, self-care, which surfaced as a term in the 1950s, was far less luxurious.

Before it became synonymous with the larger wellness movement, self-care was something doctors and health professionals encouraged among elderly and mentally ill populations; everyday practices, like personal grooming, were ways to reclaim a sense of autonomy.

In the years following, academics began exploring the ways self-care might combat the stress experienced by workers in high-octane fields (think healthcare or firefighting).

The idea was simple: Taking care of oneself — whether that meant addressing a physical need like eating, or a psychological need like engaging in therapy — would more adequately allow someone to take care of others. You hear it on airplanes all the time. Put on your own oxygen mask first before helping those around you.

Source: 33 ways to practice the art of self-care – Los Angeles Times

Longevity: Research on how diet and exercise can help – The Washington Post

By Matt Fuchs, October 11, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. EDT

Valter Longo, a biochemist at the University of Southern California, received lessons in longevity from a trio of 100-year-olds in Villagrande Strisaili in Sardinia, Italy. (Gianni Pes)

Death comes for us all. But recent research points to interventions in diet, exercise and mental outlook that could slow down aging and age-related diseases — without risky biohacks such as unproven gene therapies.

A multidisciplinary approach involving these evidence-based strategies “could get it all right,” said Valter Longo, a biochemist who runs the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

Source: Longevity: Research on how diet and exercise can help – The Washington Post

Creativity may be key to healthy aging. Here’s how to stay inspired. – The Washington Post

By Matt Fuchs, July 12, 2021 | Updated yesterday at 2:29 p.m. EDT

Singer Andy Steinfeldt explains his handstand push-up technique to a group of fifth-graders at Groveland Elementary School in Minnetonka, Minn. Steinfeldt keeps his creativity flowing through travel, exercise and motivational speaking about his resilience after prostate cancer. (Grace Mevissen)

If you’re interested in staying healthy as you age — and living longer — you might want to add a different set of muscles to your workout routine: your creative ones.

Ongoing research suggests that creativity may be key to healthy aging.

Studies show that participating in activities such as singing, theater performance and visual artistry could support the well-being of older adults, and that creativity, which is related to the personality trait of openness, can lead to greater longevity. When researchers talk about creativity, they aren’t limiting it to the arts.

Author and Georgetown University psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal defines being creative as “having the ability to make unexpected connections, either to see commonplace things in new ways — or unusual things that escape the attention of others — and realize their importance.”

Source: Creativity may be key to healthy aging. Here’s how to stay inspired. – The Washington Post