2. Aging More Quickly

Persistently being hard on yourself manifests in many ways, sometimes becoming severe enough to affect your DNA. Telomeres are casings that protect the ends of your DNA with help from the enzyme telomerase. When the stress hormone cortisol floods your body, telomerase supplies diminish. This causes telomere to deplete to the point where it cannot be replenished, causing a pro-inflammatory process that makes you age faster.

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