Stress is an interaction between our body and a situation that generates an incredible amount of strain to our well-being. It is a psychological and physical state that manifests itself when our resources to cope with a situation(s) are not sufficient. This post, dealing with stress aims to simply highlight some causes of stress with a few easy tips to consider when dealing with stress.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE BECOME STRESSED OUT?
You may feel anxious, irritable, tense, worried, depressed, vulnerable, forgetful, tired, sad, angry, insecure… You may behave aggressively, become tearful, withdrawn, temporarily lose your assertive skills, be unmotivated, pessimistic, and restless, a lot of negative self-talk, your problem-solving skills are reduced or non-existence, possible increased use of drugs and or alcohol… Your body may physically experience headaches, nausea, chest pains, palpitations, stomach upset, and insomnia, reduced immune, low or increased appetite… The list goes on and on!! Stress can be both short or long time, the longer it goes on the more damage it may cause.
HOW EATING RIGHT CAN BE BENEFICIAL TO STRESS LEVELS!
- Eat balanced meals. Try to include lean protein and fish. Protein satisfies hunger and also helps keep you mentally alert.
- Eat regularly and don’t skip meals. When you’re stressed it’s easy to put meals off – or even skip them altogether – but energy levels will suffer, as a result, and you might end up “pigging out” when you do finally eat.
- Try to avoid using food as a stress reducer. A brisk walk or a cup of herbal tea might work instead. If you feel the need to eat, hard crunchy foods help relieve stress by putting tight jaw muscles to work.
- Cut back on caffeine. People often feel a lack of energy when they’re stressed and turn to caffeine as a pick me up, but it can disrupt your night’s sleep.
- Try to keep mealtimes pleasant – and separate from work or other sources of stress. If you’re eating at a desk while you work, or paying bills while you eat dinner, something’s got to give. Take a little extra time to slow down and relax while you eat – you’re likely to eat less and enjoy it more.