13 Unusual Ways to Shed Stress (Lessons from the World’s Blue Zones) | By Johnaé De Felicis | BlueZones.com

The Power 9® principle of Downshifting is nothing new to centenarians in the blue zones –the longest-living people in the world with the highest life expectancy.

Designed to help you achieve a high-quality, well-balanced life, these nine principles can also be major stress reducers.

Stress is one of the leading causes of chronic inflammation. It also has direct links to major age-related health issues, from dementia to Alzheimer’s disease.

Stress is one of the leading causes of chronic inflammation. It also has direct links to major age-related health issues, from dementia to Alzheimer’s disease. Click To Tweet

Unlike most of the modern world who prefer to shed stress at the gym or the mall, residents in the blue zones turn to traditional down-to-earth practices to recharge and renew energy.

Time and time again, centenarians manage to survive the leading killers of today: cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends regular checkups, screenings, vaccinations, and the adoption of healthy lifestyle practices to avoid these underlying health issues. The latter is something that centenarians have mastered over time.

In an effort to dissect how centenarians make it past the age of 100, we have been studying the lifestyle habits of the longest-living, healthiest people in the world.

Keep reading for a glimpse of daily downshift routines practiced by Okinawans, Adventists, Ikarians, Sardinians, and Nicoyans.

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