Tuesday, June 15

What is uitwaaien, the simple Dutch remedy to combat stress and worry

  • Jose Carlos Cueto
  • BBC World News


A bike ride or a walk outside can ease our stress levels.

Fighting stress and anxiety may seem like a chimera to many.

However, for speakers of Dutch, the official language of the Netherlands and some regions of Belgium, the key can be as simple as applying a word: get a breath of fresh air.

Its pronunciation may seem convoluted (for a Spanish speaker I already warn you that it is), but its meaning is quite simple.

Uitwaaien is one of those words that they do not have a literal translation in our language. It would amount to “taking a breath of fresh air.”


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