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Eating when you are super stressed
Stress is an unfortunate side effect of busy lives. The rushing, scrambling and pressure we put on ourselves means most people are dealing with some sort of stress in their day-to-day lives. While we can dream of a stress-free existence, the reality is it’s unlikely to go away anytime soon. As such, we have to get better at managing it, so we can feel and perform at our best. The good news is, there are a number of easy ways you can manage and reduce the stress in your life with simple lifestyle strategies that will benefit both your physical and mental health.
1. Plan your meals
The simple act of taking 5-10 minutes each week to plan your meals in advance goes a long way in saving time, money and stress in busy lives. Planning your meals in advance means that you can shop just once or twice each week; then you do not have to decide what on earth you are going to have at 6 or 7pm each night and it ultimately saves plenty of hard earned dollars by not throwing away cash on meal deliveries each night. By preparing a large meal or two at least once each week, you create meals for 3-4 nights and baking a simple nutritious snack such as a healthy banana bread means you won’t have to worry about snacks either – check out our healthy banana bread recipe below!
2. Drink more water
With 70% of adults walking around dehydrated, and dehydration closely linked to an exaggerated experience of stress, drinking more water is the simplest thing you can do to help with day-to-day stress management. Always carry a water bottle with you, aim to drink at least 2 bottles of water each day and make water the drink of choice for your family by keeping chilled water on hand for the entire family to enjoy.
3. Load up on your key nutrients
Keeping your nutrition on point is a no brainer when it comes to stress management. This means supercharging your meals with nutrient-rich superfoods such as fish, fresh fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds is the key to boosting your intake of omega 3 fats and key vitamins and minerals which help your body to deal with the stress. Specifically, Vitamin B6 found in relatively large quantities in bananas and wholegrains, plays a key role in helping the body deal with stress and as such are key foods you should incorporate into your diet every day.
4. Prioritise sleep
When was the last time you had a solid 8 or even 9 hours sleep? Most people get far less sleep than they need, especially when they are exposing themselves to stressful situations multiple times each day which can deplete both our physical and mental energy. When you know that you are stressed one of the best things you can do to help your body manage and recover is to rest. This means no TV in the bedroom, no mobile phones next to the bed and ideally getting into bed earlier each day so you are getting more sleep in total. Not only does hormonal regulation improve when you are getting the rest you need, the more you sleep, the less likely you are to eat high calorie, high sugar foods when you are stressed.
5. Get out into nature
Busy lives mean we generally have less time to do the things we really want to do and taking control of the stress in our lives can simply come down to taking some time to regularly decompress from the daily demands of modern life. A proven psychological strategy to improve health and wellbeing is to escape the rush of modern life and be reunited with the wonder of nature. Whether it is a bush walk, swim in the ocean or drive to the country, you will feel reinvigorated as a result. Pack yourself a picnic and some healthy nutrient-rich snacks such as nuts, seeds and energy-rich bananas and head out for a day in the great outdoors. It will be the best medicine you can take!
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