Or you could, of course, just eat the right food. That might do it.
If I were to focus on creating a full and comprehensive list of foods that beat stress,I’d probably have to commit to a year of online research. It’s that big a topic.
My aim here is a little different though. Instead of trawling for every single piece of Internet noise about stress-busting foods, I thought I’d find just a few elements. Combined, these foods should help you reduce stress on a consistent basis.
There’s just three of them, for God’s sake.
So let’s give it a whirl…
The green stuff, namely vegetables, has always been viewed as healthy and ‘good for you’. Speaking as someone who avoids salad like the forest food it is, I can’t relate. But scientists don’t really care about what I think.
According to scientists, in spinach, for example, you’ll find something called folate. Folate releases dopamine. Dopamine makes you feel calm.
And now, to make this article feel extra intelligent, here’s a piece from Psychology Today that illustrates just how effective dopamine is at turning you back into Bruce Banner.
So go buy some greens. Today.
Oatmeal has often been identified (or listed on those ‘23,000 ways to reduce stress’ blog posts) as capable of lowering anxiety levels. And the evidence shows this is pretty much the way it is.
Oatmeal contains complex carbs. These take longer to be absorbed into your body. While they will totally help to produce serotonin, like any other type of carbohydrate will, they will do it slowly.
Compare that to a doughnut, which has super fast, energy spiking carbs in it that could make stress more painful, and it’s clear that a slow and measured lift in mood is preferable.
Blueberries are our final choice today.
Let’s get real here and admit that blueberries are sweet, but they’re not as sweet as grapes, for example.
They’re tasty, but they’re not the mouthwatering kind of tasty. However, stick them in some of those oats you’ve just prepared and they definitely add a zing to the meal. And the best news is that those blueberries are packed full of antioxidants, blasting away at free radicals.
All of that means you’re helping your body tackle stress.
If you need to rid yourself of stress, try this. It’s cost-effective, and it will look great on your bookshelf.