There are 327 unread emails in your mailbox, your mobile phone doesn’t stop ringing, and your next meeting starts in under 5 minutes. Just another ordinary day at work, you say. In today’s hectic world, finding time to relax can be quite difficult. At Belle Azul, we always strive to promote a healthy lifestyle and make a positive difference. While changing the pace of modern society might not be something we can do, we felt obliged to advise you on how to cope with stress.

Here are our top 5 ways to relieve stress.

1. Plan your free time

Fill up your free time with exciting plans that you can’t wait to make reality! You might be tempted to spend your free time sleeping and recovering from all the stress, but the truth is that your time will go to waste if you decide to spend it like that.

Instead, try to make the most of your time! Get your weekend fully booked up: a morning gym session, an afternoon brunch, a wild night out, it’s your call! Don’t sit around contemplating your boring life and waiting for someone else to get you out of your house. Go out and make memories!

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2. Eat healthy

Stress often results in developing a really unhealthy diet. When we are overwhelmed, we often forget to take care of ourselves and resort to comfort foods such as carbohydrates, sugar and fatty snacks. It’s true that chocolate raises endorphin levels, so having a little bit can work as an excuse to pick up your mood, but try not to overdo it.

Instead, stock up on fruits and veggies which are always a good option – delicious and healthy! An interesting fact, fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been found to reduce the symptoms of stress. On the other hand, tea contains lots of healthy antioxidants, which have a calming effect on your nervous system.

3. Exercise

Don’t worry! Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean running a marathon, it could be just a casual walk in the park or a relaxing yoga session. It’s all about getting your blood moving! This will help your body to release mood-boosting chemicals such as endorphin resulting in a powerful mood boost!

Exercising is also a great way to to take your mind off your problems for a little while and focus on your well being instead. It effectively reduces anxiety and relieves stress while helping you maintain a healthy figure. In addition, it will make you sleep like a baby at night!

4. Give yourself a break

It is important that you give yourself a break! Forget about doing housework and boring chores. Instead, enjoy some quality “me” time. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa aromatherapy weekend. You can even turn your own home into a real lush spa treatment salon, you just need a few aroma candles and some good essential oils and…voila! No need to spend tons of money.

At Belle Azul, we have the ideal body oil to indulge your senses in and take your mind off to heaven. Check out our Siesta Body Oil! Enriched with 100% natural ingredients including Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Rosemary and Jasmin, our Siesta Body Oil will fully refresh and revitalize your body, leaving it deeply nourished and soft.

5. Surround yourself with the people you love

Take your free time as an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones! This is one of the best ways to super-charge yourself with full energy and put a smile on your face. Sharing some memories with your nearest friends and family will leave you feeling happy and fulfilled.

Invite your family to a lunch at your home, go get an afternoon tea with your best friend or enjoy a romantic weekend escape with your partner! There are a million things that you could do to release stress and share some happiness! And there is no one better to help you overcome a stressful situation that the people who love you and care about you!

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