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Simple ways to reduce stress and anxiety

Did you know that 1 in 4 people suffer from stress or anxiety at some point in their lives? Shocking news, right?

From minor challenges to major dilemmas, stress is a part of our lives. And while we can't always control the circumstances or our environment, you can control how you respond to them. When stress and anxiety become a big part of your life, it can take a toll on your well-being. That's why we have 6 simple ways for you te relieve stress and anxiety.

1. Spend time with friends and family

Being with your friends and family gives you a sense of self-worth and belonging. And it's also fun to be around them. Laughing is a big stress and anxiety reliever. It's hard to feel anxious and stress when you're laughing. So spend some more time with the people you love and your stress levels will instantly decrease.

2. Learn to say no

Taking on more than you can handle can cause a lot of stress and make you feel overwhelmed. Saying 'no' more often will reduce your stress levels a ton. Postpone non-time sensitive tasks to a later date. That way you have more time to focus on the tasks at hand.

3. Focus on your breathing (no, not like at the doctor's)

Breathing in and out deeply calms your body and mind in just a few breaths. Just focussing on the way you breathe in and out can make a big difference on your overall stress levels. And the best news is that no one will even know you're doing it. So, whether you're in a stressful meeting or at home working, you can calm down in peace.

4. Go for a walk

Walking or basically any form of exercise is a fantastic stress and anxiety reliever. It literally works within minutes. Putting physical stress on your body will reduce mental stress, we know it sounds crazy. Even just taking a walk outside can work wonders. The change of scenery has a calming effect on your mind.

5. Light a (scented) candle

Aromatherapy has real (and proven) benefits for stress and anxiety relief. It helps you feel more relaxed, at ease and present in the moment. Some scents are more prone to relieve stress than others, like: lavender, ylang ylang, rose, vetiver, sandalwood and more. Candles won't only make your home or office more cosy, but it'll also help with stress relief. Need we say more?

6. Reduce your caffeine intake

We hate to say it, but high doses of caffeine can result in high levels of anxiety. It can be found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks or sodas. Different people have different thresholds, but if you notice you get jittery or anxious from having caffeine, you might wanna consider cutting back.

We hope these simple but effective ways of reducing stress and anxiety can give you some relief.

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