We all know that exercising, meditation, and mindfulness can help you reduce stress. However, not everyone is aware that food can do the same. The next time you are feeling stressed, considering using some or all of the following foods to help you feel calmer:

Chamomile Tea

We all know that a hot drink can help you to feel calmer. However, there are some teas that really can make a difference. Just one cup of chamomile can help you to relax, relieve anxiety, and help you to sleep a little better. This naturally occurring herb tastes good and can be enjoyed as a tea, perhaps sweetened with a little honey, should you wish.

Dark Chocolate 

Many people love chocolate, but did you know that it can help you to reduce stress? Containing antioxidants, dark chocolate can help to lower your stress hormones. Approximately 28 grams of chocolate a day can help. Ideally, you should stay away from chocolate that contains a lot of sugar.

Fish 

Adding some fish to your diet can help you to fight stress. This is thanks to its high omega 3 content. Salmon, trout, halibut, herring, tuna, and mackerel can all help. 

If you’re not a fan of eating fish, you could eat chia seeds, seaweed, or walnuts instead.

Avocados

Containing essential fatty acids, avocados can help to lower your stress levels, improve your mood, and boost your concentration. It’s recommended that you consume half-to-one avocados a day. They can be enjoyed on toast, on their own, in a salad, or as guacamole.

Wholegrains

Wholegrains can help you to feel less stressed. They won’t cause a spike in blood sugar, unlike white bread or pasta. In fact, they can help you to feel fuller for longer. In addition to this wholegrains are full of fibre, and serotonin, your brain’s happy chemical.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk