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Lina Psaila
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Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in stress. We all know what it's like when pressure mounts at work and at home. Despite your hardest efforts to relax it's challenging to unwind without a little help. But you deserve to relax and luckily there are many successful stress busters that can help relieve your anxiety in less than 15 minutes. 

We picked out a few of our favourites to help you out. Here are best ways to fight stress and relax wherever you are... 


Just a few minutes of practice per day can help ease stress. According to research, a daily meditation session can transform the brain's neural pathways making you more resilient to stress and better at regulating your thoughts. 

Get fit 

Exercise is your go-to tip to combat those strung-out feelings because believe it or not, putting physical stress on your body through exercise can help relieve mental stress. 

People who exercise regularly are less like to experience anxiety because exercise lowers the body's stress hormones and helps release endorphins aka the all-natural happiness drug. 

Take supplements 

There are several supplements that are used to reduce stress and anxiety. Look for supplements that feature ingredients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, Lemon balm or valerian root known for its ability to relax the body and aid a gentler sleep. 

Editor’s tip: Don't forget to consult your doctor before taking supplements as some can interact with medications or have side effects. 

Light a candle 

Invest in a few soothing essential oils or burn a scented candle to reduce your feelings of anxiety. Some scents, such as lavender, rose, bergamot, chamomile and orange blossom, are incredibly calming. 

Spa at home 

Indulge in a luxurious spa experience at home. Simply prepare a bath with salts, scrubs, scents and music and get your pamper on. 

Avoid procrastination 

The best way to take control of your stress is to work on eliminating your  triggers. A big one is procrastination.Instead of stressing about all the things you should have been doing, take charge, be proactive and wave goodbye to procrastination. Get yourself a notepad and get into the habit of making a to-do list every day and prioritizing your tasks. 

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Felicia Pennant
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 You may have missed the memo that Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017 was ‘Greenery’ in the mist of all the millennial pink. The influential colour forecaster picks a very specific colour every year that creeps into trends, interiors and wardrobes worldwide and this year’s refreshing yellowy-green supposed to symbolise nature and new beginnings. We’re bringing this up now because 2018’s colour has just been announced: ‘Ultra Violet’. Not be to confused with ‘Love Symbol #2’- iconic artist Prince’s official hue- this dark, blue based purple is brighter and more mysterious; signalling originality, forward thinking and mindfulness. It’s actually very close to Cadbury’s chocolate purple, which is as good an excuse as any to tote and try as many flavours as possible in the coming year. And both 2017 and 2018 shades are surprising easy to wear: whether head-to-toe a la Versace SS18 for Ultra Violet or teamed with other tones if you’re discerning about the shade.

Get into ‘Greenery’ for the rest of the month then pop in ‘Ultra Violet’ from January with our ready-to-shop edits below!

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Chloe Laws
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Isn't the term 'Sunday Funday' just the most annoying, completely false term? Sunday, around 4 p.m. to be precise, we all sigh in unison. Sunday night fear is something we all fear, but often just turn into a jovial story, but it's a legitimate thing. Even science says so. 

In 2013 Monster.com did a poll, where they found that 81% of American respondents said they get Sunday-night-blues, with 59% describing them as "really bad". Is there a solution? Well, there isn't a cure (apart from maybe eloping to Hawaii) but there are ways to reduce Sunday night anxiety. 

Be Organised 

This is a very boring tip, but arguably the most important. We all have that habit of letting off steam on Friday and Saturday, which means by Sunday we haven't done any of our admin or chores. Rather than leave it all to Sunday, space it out. An hour on Friday evening and Saturday day will make Sunday far less daunting. No one likes cleaning, paying bills or begrudgingly shuffling off to family events. But we have to do them. So just get them over with. 

Be Sociable 

We all want to avoid adult life on a Sunday, and usually spend it hungover in bed with a pizza box on one side of the bed and regret on the other. But get up, get over that hangover and see your friends. Having a pity party on Sunday is only going to make your mood worse. Don't go cray, because the only thing worse than Monday mornings are hungover Monday mornings, but do something active/fun. Grab brunch with your friends and then hit a yoga class. 

Quit Your Job

This isn't any easy solution, but if you absolutely dread going to work every week, then you're in the wrong job. Work is work, but unless you do something you love or at least tolerate, then there's no point. We spend more time in the office then at home, so it has to be a place you enjoy. Life is too short. 

Be Positive 

Maybe the problem isn't the job, maybe it's you. If you've tried multiple careers and you still get this feeling, then you're either seriously unlucky or it's to do with your mental state. Saying be "positive" makes my blood boil, but the sentiment is there. Mindfulness apps, self-help books, therapy or simply talking about it with people you love- voicing what exactly your dreading and why will help you decide if it's the job, or you, or both. Basically, talking helps, it's cathartic. 

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