Munching for the mind
When you're stressed, eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods will give you longer-lasting energy and clarity of mind. Go for foods like avocados; nuts, including almonds, peanuts and macadamia nuts; and sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds. These foods are low-GI (Glycaemic Index) sources of minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins and 'good' fats like mono and polyunsaturated fats. It means not only are they great for your mood, they're also good for your heart and your cholesterol1.
Vitamin B helps the body cope with stress, build your metabolism and control the whole nervous system
Fight the sugar urge that your body craves during times of stress as this produces both an unnatural high and long spells of fatigue2. Avoid sugary snacks or heavily caffeinated drinks, which will give you a burst of energy followed by fatigue. Instead, healthy snacks like fruit salads or yoghurt can maintain energy levels between meals. Try a Vitamin C boost of freshly squeezed juice containing apple, and orange. Or go for a 'green' juice like spinach, carrot or arugula, they're filled with magnesium, which helps to overcome feelings of uneasiness and anxiety.
Make light exercise part of your daily routine
Getting your body moving on a regular basis increases your fitness and releases endorphins — the chemicals that make you happy.3 Try to schedule regular exercise that you enjoy (if dancing is your thing for example, drop into a Zumba class). Pilates is perfect for body strength, flexibility and encouraging a stress-free mind.
Simple exercises at your desk also help to relax your mind and body:
A healthy, nutritious diet and regular exercise are what your body needs to cope and reduce stress in your life. Start making the right choices to give yourself enough energy and a clear headspace. You'll see a real difference when it comes to tackling those stressful headwinds coming your way.
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