“A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances” or “stress” as we know it, is a normal part of life which exposes a person to many emotional, physical or behavioural changes. We all have bad days, we all feel overloaded on some days and as such not all stress is bad, however prolonged stress undoubtedly carries with it a lot of health implications which are heart diseases, hypertension and high blood pressure, strokes, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), ulcers, diabetes, muscle and joint pain, miscarriage, allergies, alopecia, anxiety, depression, panic attacks and in some cases may also lead to the death of a person.
Although stress is unavoidable in today’s complex modern world, but it is manageable. We all experience stress in different ways and as such it is very difficult to generalize stress management techniques. However, in every case of stress there are certain signals sent to the body by our nervous system and adrenal glands. These signals need to be identified to manage the stress levels.
Further, while managing stress levels, your diet plan plays a very predominant role. Studies show that proper nutrition and diet can help you fight all your stressful days.
In saying this, it is important to make a Stress Management Diet, which can be based on the following tips:
- Have your meals in small quantities throughout the day.
- Avoid comfort foods such as pizza, pasta, noodles and all the cheesy junk food.
- Include fruits and juices in your diet.
- Avoid alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and nicotine.
- Include high fibre and complex carbohydrate rich foods in your diet.
- Vitamins and Minerals are important to keep a check on your stress levels.
- A diet chart may include oranges, avocados, potatoes, raw veggies, fatty fish, nuts, black tea, milk and some herbal supplements.
Stress depletes several important nutrients from your body. Therefore, a nutritious dense diet is needed for managing and recovering from stress.
Good and healthy food can actually reduce our stress levels. At the first place avoid stress, which is rather difficult in the real world and as such when it takes up on you – take a deep breath, meditate, exercise and give your body correct nutrition to combat it. Eat your stress with what you actually eat.!