April is National Stress Awareness month – an important time to reflect on and take action against the damaging effects of stress.
It is oftentimes easy to tell others to “calm down,” “don’t stress about it,” or “stop worrying so much.” The problem is, stress is managed quite differently from person to person. While some individuals seem to handle almost any level of adversity with relative ease, others seem to completely lose it if they can’t immediately find the TV remote (just get outside and exercise to help fix that problem!) Understanding that stress takes on different forms for different people is important, but there are ways that nearly all of us can better manage stress – through proper nutrition.
Nutrients found in some foods are ideally designed to help the human body cope with stress. The following are 5 stress reducing foods to integrate into your diet:
Stress is a damaging symptom of an often more serious issue. While stress can be brought on by problems at work, financial issues, relationship woes, or health concerns, it can also be effectively managed, to some degree, through nutrition and a healthy diet. Therapy, meditation, exercise, and lifestyle changes are all important ways to help cope with life’s stressors, but nutrition is one that is often overlooked. While there are other foods you can eat that may help minimize the effects of stress, the 5 stress reducing foods above are common, can be easily integrated into most diet plans, and are a healthy addition to daily meals.