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Tips to help reduce stress

A big meeting, job interview or all-important competition? Everyone has to deal with stress every now and then. During stressful times, our body reacts differently than usual. We break into a sweat, our heart starts beating fast and our breathing accelerates. The following tips therefore help you to keep calm, even in periods of stress.

Move

Regular exercise has a proven anti-stress effect. During exercise, your body produces endorphins, a hormone that makes you feel happy and thus lowers the stress level. So why not put on your sneakers and go out?

Eat and drink healthily

Some of us are stress eaters, others eat nothing at all when faced with stressful situations. It is nevertheless important to maintain a healthy diet, even during periods of stress. Avoid foods that contain a high level of fats and sugars. These give you an energy boost, but leave you feeling tired and listless afterwards. Drinks such as coffee and alcohol should also be put aside. Choose water or (decaffeinated) tea instead. The latter has a calming influence on the body.

Get enough sleep

Stress makes it more difficult to fall asleep and reduces the quality of our sleep. A good night's sleep works wonders though. Therefore, try to clear your mind before going to sleep, by taking a warm bath or shower, reading a good book or watching your breathing. Try establishing a sleep patternand go to bed at a fixed time every night.

Relax

A sufficient amount of relaxation helps to reduce feelings of stress. Try doing fun things during stressful periods, such as meeting up with friends, relaxing or visiting a sauna.

Are you noticing an increase of your stress level, despite these tips? Try using a dietary supplement. Food supplements have a relaxing effect on your body, both physically and mentally.

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