We know all too well that a healthy diet during a stressful time is a key part of self-care and well-being. But when we are under stress, our decision making abilities are affected and making the right choice can be more difficult than normal. Food is a big part of our daily decision making. What we eat when stressed can often make a much bigger difference than we realise; impacting on our stress levels, our ability to sleep and our mood.
To find out what foods to avoid see our blog – Foods To Avoid When You Are Struggling With The Stress Of Divorce.
What are the right foods and why?
Some food choices are obvious. We know that fruit and vegetables, for example, are good choices but we don’t always know what they actually do for our body. Why should we reach for an avocado instead of a doughnut?
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy veg such as spinach and leaves, can help your body produce its own natural mood regulating chemicals and can also calm your nerves.
Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants aid the production of dopamine – a chemical that can help with memory function and boost your mood.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are good fats that are an excellent source of magnesium. Magnesium can help with anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
Like nuts and seeds, avocados are full of magnesium but they can also help you feel fuller and regulate your blood sugar levels to help you avoid mood swings.
Salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties that can help counteract stress.
Herbal teas aren’t for everyone but if you only try one, try chamomile. Often recommended as a bed-time soother to help you slip into a restful sleep, it can also help with anxiety.
We all need treats and there is no reason that chocolate needs to be on the banned list during a stressful time. But make it good quality chocolate and in moderation. Dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa) is loaded with nutrients that can affect us in a good way. Research seems to show that it may help with circulation and brain function. And, like blueberries, it’s a great source of antioxidants which can help boost your mood and help brain function. And most of us will testify that it definitely feels good for the soul.
To find out more about the importance of self-care during difficult times, see our blog – Self-Care Isn’t Selfish, Particularly During Stressful Times.
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