This is a guest post from Shari’s Berries
If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “you are what you eat,” then you’re probably aware that the foods you eat have a huge impact on your overall health. Eating healthful foods that give you nutrition and energy is important to maintaining your physical (and mental) health. However, it’s also essential to incorporate stress-reducing foods into your diet.
To help you get started, Shari’s Berries put together the neat infographic below that describes 12 stress-reducing foods, categorized by meal. These foods have high amounts of vitamins and antioxidants that boost healthy chemicals which ward off stress triggers.
Furthermore, they have the added benefit of contributing to your overall health. These foods have been shown to produce serotonin (the happy chemical), lower blood pressure, regulate hormone levels, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy brain function. Self-care is essential — and you can start with your diet.
While some foods boost mind and body health, others can be detrimental: coffee (or any highly caffeinated drink) is one of them. It can be hard to skip that daily cup(s) of coffee, but your body will thank you for it in the long run. Caffeine over-stimulates your nervous system and leads to energy crashes. Try to limit the caffeine to one cup in the morning, or completely avoid it altogether.
When life starts to become a little chaotic, try some of the foods in this visual to help moderate your mood.