Foods to Calm You Down When You’re Stressed Out at Work

After a frantic morning at the office (or a long, hectic day), sometimes, you just want to run to nearest mini mart and buy every chocolate bar you see. Many of us believe that sweet treats can cure emotional stress, even if it’s just temporary. But healthy eaters are fully aware that real food are what we need to battle stress. So, keep calm and avoid cake, and have these healthy fixes instead:

1. Avocado
Our body needs B vitamins to generate growth of healthy brain cells, and feelings of anxiety and stress may be due B vitamin deficiency. Avocadoes, fortunately, are rich in B vitamins. Plus, the are rich in potassium and monosaturated fat, which helps lower blood pressure. So, next time stress start kicking in your system, slice up some avocados to top your toast.

2. Nuts and Seeds
As we probably all know, nuts and seeds are rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are notorious stress busters. Walnuts are some of the best sources of Omega 3. Sunflower seeds and cashews contain tryptophan, which boosts production of serotonin. Pack yourself with this combo for an afternoon snack at work.

3. Turkey
That food-coma feeling you get after Thanksgiving dinner is because of the amino acid tryptophan from the roasted turkey. This amino acid signals to the brain to relax and release feel-good hormones, which promotes feeling of calmness and even drowsiness. Have some turkey salad or sandwich for lunch to help tone down stress level at work.

4. Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a popular and easy-to-make food to get your calm-inducing hormones flowing. Get the old-fashioned variety that needs cooking. Why? Thicker and coarser oats contain higher fiber, and so they take longer to digest, which also means that their calming effect lasts longer.

5. Carrots and Sweet Potatoes
Root crops are great sources of carbohydrates and fiber, which again helps boost serotonin level in the body. Plus, because they have a hint of sweetness, they can somehow satiate your sweet cravings. Carrots and sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins and minerals that are good for the heart and for regulating blood pressure. Munch on a handful of baby carrots dipped in almond butter whenever you feel ‘hangry’ at the office.

We know how easy it can be to just grab a bar of chocolate or a pint of ice cream and how tricky it can be to whip up healthier food when your mind and body is exhausted, and you are under pressure. But hopefully, with this list, we have made it easier for you to always pick healthy stress-busting foods. They may require a bit of preparation, but their health benefits will surely make them worth the extra effort.