Stress and anxiety are all too common in today’s world, and stress in the workplace is at an all time high. Although it is perfectly natural to experience stress on the job from time to time, when job stress become a daily issue, it can lead to health problems as well as depression. Many people will try to curb their stress by drinking coffee or smoking a cigarette on their lunch break, and both of these “stress relievers” actually can exaggerate the anxiety due to the fact that they both contain stimulants. One sure fire way to calm your nerves and create a calming pace for the workday is by taking a serious look at your diet.
Often times, individuals with busy schedules will grab a fast food lunch that is high in fat, and fat takes a long time to digest. The body has to work extra hard, which can lead to tiredness and irritability, which can directly turn into to stress and anxiety. While this may sound strange to some people, there is a strong correlation between diet and stress, and eating healthy by incorporating fresh fruits into one’s diet allows for the body and mind to naturally balance out. A healthy body definitely contributes to a healthy mind, and taking a few simple steps can help you de-stress in a natural way.
Eat More Peaches
Peaches are known as a Superfood, as they contain phytonutrients that promote healthy skin and aid in fighting cancer. They are a well known stress reliever, as they contain a natural sedative. If you are someone that tends to get a little cranky and stressed towards the end of your workday, you may reach for a candy bar or a sugary snack. Replacing this with a peach will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, it will also help in easing tension and calming your nerves.
Blueberries are a well known antioxidant, and a handful of blueberries can help to boost energy, which will naturally improve your mood if you are having a particularly stressful day. They can be added to plain yogurt, and blueberry extract can also be added to green tea, as the combination of the two is known to produce a calming effect in individuals that drink at least one to two cups a day.
Acacia Berry has been making headlines recently as one of the newest Superfoods. This little berry contains antioxidants as well as phytonutrients, and the combination of the two can help to elevate your mood, in turn warding off stress and anxiety. It also helps balance out blood sugar levels, which is extremely beneficial, as individuals with erratic blood sugar levels tend to become irritable, and may be at risk for anxiety attacks.
Change Your Diet, Change Your Life
While there are some situations in life where stress cannot be avoided, dealing with stress and anxiety on a daily basis can be both physically and mentally exhausting. In the workplace, you want to be on top of your game in order to function properly and get the job done in an efficient manner. By taking some small steps and replacing your sugary snacks with one of these Superfoods, you will find that your stress levels will soon be alleviated and you will be able to get your work done in a relaxed and comfortable fashion.
Guest post contributed by Neil Mikkelson on behalf of www.fruitfuloffice.co.uk. Neil is a freelance writer and independent nutrition researcher. His articles mainly appear in health and wellbeing blogs.