Stress and Snacks: Top tips that’ll keep you feeling better when you’re stressed!

Stress and Snacks: Top tips that’ll keep you feeling better when you’re stressed!

23-Jun-16

Stress and Snacks: Top tips that’ll keep you feeling better when you’re stressed!

Find yourself reaching for the cookie jar during the final week of the month?
When we are faced with stress, we tend to ‘treat’ ourselves with junk food, sugary snacks, caffeine or even nicotine in order to make ourselves feel better.
Our body may be craving these types of things and our mind may be telling us that it is ok, but it doesn’t actually help our stress levels. We may feel better for a bit but then we crash hard, feel horrible and combat that with more junk food, more caffeine and more sitting down. The longer this goes on, the more damage we do to our bodies.

Check out our top tips on how to avoid elevating your stress levels:

Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast:
Opt for a low-sugar, high protein and fibre breakfast. This will help you to stay focused throughout the work day and ensure that you don’t end up craving something unhealthy by 11am.

Watch your sugar and caffeine intake:
Sugar is hidden in more foods than you can probably imagine, and its effects are detrimental to our health. As much as we want caffeine to be a healthy addition to our lifestyle, it often isn’t. If anything, drinking coffee to combat stress actually causes more stress. 

Drink more water:
Water is the best treat you can give your body. How much water you need in a day is still a disputed topic, and it really does depend on your individual circumstances: your weight, gender, how much activity you do, if it’s a hot day etc. A good rule of thumb is little and often, with an aim for 2 litres per day.

Exercise:
The the more you exercise, the happier your body will be, and the less stress you are likely to retain. But it’s not just about making it to the gym; you could also find enjoyable ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life, which is especially important if you spend most of your day sitting down. If you are constantly dreading exercising, try something new – it could just be the type of work-out that you don’t like.

Unwind and sleep:
Our addiction to screens is reducing our ability to fully unwind, and making us more stressed and anxious in the process. But why? It’s the blue light that our screens omit which are causing us to be more alert, through the release of cortisol, and less relaxed, because it inhibits Melatonin (the sleep regulation hormone).

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