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Four Scientifically Backed Ways to Reduce Stress

13/08/2015 14:14 BST | Updated 13/08/2016 10:59 BST

Life sometimes moves so fast that it's hard to keep up with the pace without feeling like your head is going to fall off.

If you're reading this and you feel like you're going to to smash into a thousand tiny pieces, don't worry, here are four proven ways to help reduce your stress levels...

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1. Take a walk

According to recent studies, a good brisk stroll helps to spark nerve cells in the brain and soothe the senses, which in turns relaxes the muscles and helps the mind to function more freely. So, whether you live in a little village or a busy metropolis, get on those walking shoes and take a walk - it's sure to chill you out.

2. Grab a massage

This may seem fairly obvious which is why it's certainly worth mentioning. According to studies, the manipulation of the body's muscles and soft tissues not only relieves pain but works away stress - so a spot of pampering is a wonderfully indulgent way to recharge the old batteries.

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3. Brew up cuppa

According to a study, slurping a cup of black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol (a steroid hormone released by the adrenal gland) chemical levels and as a result, has the ability to give someone seriously stressed out feelings of calm and well being. So take a break from the screen and make yourself a brew!

4. Get a house plant

As well as being lovely to look at and helping to purify the air around them, house plants are equipped with other magic stress busting properties. According to a Washington State University study, just being around a house plant can significantly reduce stress levels and actually lower blood pressure. If you often find yourself feeling uptight, get yourself a few house plants and put them around your home - they will make a positive difference.

Life can be stressful, but when it's all getting a bit too much, taking these little measure will definitely help you to chill out.

Images: Stephanie Bond and Matthais Ripp via Flickr