10 Foods to Reduce Stress

Did you know that the food we eat can play a role in helping to feel calmer and more relaxed? Here are 10 foods that can work like magic to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.  Try adding some of these to your diet and nourish you body and mind for a calmer, more balanced life.

Oatmeal. Starting your day with a bowl of oatmeal can boost serotonin levels, which is a feel-good hormone that helps calm your mind.

Bananas. Full of potassium and magnesium, bananas can help regulate blood pressure and help ease feelings of tension.

Avocado. Rich in healthy fats, avocados help keep stress hormones in check.

Berries. Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are full of antioxidants that help fight stress and protect your brain.

Spinach. This leafy green is full of magnesium, which can reduce anxiety and improve your mood.

Salmon. Healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can reduce inflammation in your brain and promote a calm, focused mind.

Dark Chocolate. Eating a small piece of dark chocolate is good for you, making you feel happier and less stressed.

Nuts. Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are full of vitamins and mineral that support brain health.

Herbal Tea. Sipping on a cup of non-caffeinated herbal tea can have a soothing effect on your nerves, helping you unwind after a long day.

Greek Yogurt. High in protein and probiotics, Greek yogurt can boost your mood and gut health. Try to pick one that without added sugar for the most benefits.

By adding these foods to your diet, you can greatly improve the way you feel. It’s the little choices that we make each day that can have a big impact on our overall health and wellbeing. If you need more ideas on healthy foods, ask your Vivent Health care team or visit our food pantry. We are here for you and want you to feel good, always!