Living in the 21st century means that we feel more stress than any member of the human race has ever felt.
We live in a success-oriented society where it’s impossible to escape from competitiveness and the desire to succeed.
Although many people still think of stress as wholly negative, it can, in fact, be either positive or negative.
However, stress reaction is a natural response to fear. It prepares the body for fight or flight.
When faced with a stressful situation, the brain and then the body respond by increasing production of certain hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
There are also stress-related illness such as indigestion, heart pain, or irritable bowel syndrome.
7 diets for overcoming stress.
- An orange, fresh vegetables and dark green leaves for vitamin C, folic cacid, selenium, antioxidants.
- Fish, such as tuna, herring, salmon and salad oil on your salads for vitamins A, D and E, essential fatty acids for your brain, zinc and manganese for your immune system.
- Half a pint of skimmed milk or two low-fat yoghurts for calcium.
- Unrefined carbohydrates, like wholemeal bread, brown rice, porridge – eat three portions, to keep brain serotonin levels up, providing mood-regulating B vitamins and make you feel optimistic and positive.
- Onions, broccoli and tomatoes and drink tea for flavonoids – potent antioxidants that may help prevent cell death (ageing) and cancer.
- Don’t eat your largest meal after 8 pm – it may interfere with a good night’s sleep.
- Drink something hot and sweet (diet chocolate will do) in bed and go to sleep listening to music or read a book.
- If you can cuddle up close to someone – it’s the best antidote to stress and anxiety.
- Avoid perfectionism
- Be reasonable with yourself
- Relax everyday
- Exercise regularly
- Learn to delegate
- Have proper breaks for meals
- Share your worries with responsible friend or family
- Think ahead and try to anticipate how to get around problems.
- Sort out what really matters in your life.
- Make small, regular changes to your lifestyle.
- Know your limits and try to work within them.