3 Daily Lifestyle Tips to Implement
If you’re like most people, you likely struggle from high levels of stress. Just about everyone has some type of stress in their life, like money, work, relationships, and just daily life. This isn’t what is damaging to your health, but it is important to be award of the high, overwhelming levels of stress that can compound and cause concern. It can be hard to function on a normal level when you have this much stress in your life.
There are certain times during the year when you might notice it more severely, like the holidays or a time when something traumatic takes place. Instead of just trying to deal with it, why not overcome it? The first way to do this is by looking at your diet; what you eat or don’t eat can have a large impact on the type of stress you experience. You can eat a healthier diet that includes foods and superfoods to help boost your mood, increase your happiness, and reduce stress levels all at the same time. These tips should help you get on your way!
Let’s first look at why your diet is so important. Many people don’t realize the type of impact their diet has on their health and wellness. What you eat or don’t eat doesn’t just affect your weight, but can make a difference in the medical conditions you have, increase anxiety, and yes, cause or relieve stress.
There are some foods that are good to add to your diet because they help relieve stress, while others can be hard on your stress and overall emotional health. When you are looking at eating a healthy diet, don’t just consider macros like calories, fat and carbs, but really look at how different types of foods can affect your stress levels. Here are some things to consider:
Aim for Vitamins, Minerals, and Well-Balanced Meals
A simple way to know that you are eating the right foods for helping to relieve stress instead of making it worse is to focus on balance. Don’t try to eliminate too many foods, but make sure the foods you eat are healthy and quality. This means choosing complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and whole grains, choosing fruits and vegetables with plenty of vitamins and minerals, and adding in important nutrients like fibre whenever you can.
Avoid Restricting Diets, Unless Medically Necessary
You should also be careful with diets that are too restricting. It is possible to eat a healthy diet and lose or maintain weight, without having to give up all your favourite things. While this might help you to lose a few pounds, it often ends up hurting you in the end. It creates emotional turmoil and heightened emotional stress because of how important food and nutrition is in your daily life. You can actually have more stress when you are logging everything you eat and constantly looking up nutritional content before you go to a restaurant with friends.
Be Careful with Stress Eating
As much as eating can help with stress, it can also hurt it. One thing you want to be really careful with is the cycle of stress eating. When you find that you crave certain types of foods when you have stress or anxiety, like sweets, salty or fried foods, it is often not from hunger but because you are feeding your emotions instead.
Written by Suzanne Forster
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