Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.
1. Eat a piece of Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is full of nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.The secret behind its powerful punch is cacao, also the source of the sweet’s distinct taste. Packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, this little bean is a disease-killing bullet. The only problem? Cacao on its own is bitter, chalky, nasty stuff.
2. Drink soothing tea – like chamomile
There’s nothing nicer on a cold winter’s day than a soothing cup of herbal tea. But besides being a enjoyable, warming, caffeine-free pick-me-up, herbal tea has lots of wonderful health benefits. From soothing a troubled stomach to easing insomnia and calming a troubled mind, herbs have all sorts of healing powers. Drinking this tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals.
3. Skip the junk food
Sometimes, when the day isn’t going your way, you may dream of dinner from a fast food restaurant, a snack out of a vending machine or a quick pre-packaged meal from the local grocery store. While these items may be quick and easy, and maybe even low in calories, they’re all processed foods and are not the healthiest options for your diet. While almost every food we eat has some degree of processing, eliminating those foods that consist mainly of artificial or highly processed ingredients will go a long way toward improving your health.
4. Chew Sugar free gum
The physical act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. If you chew after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Over time, acid can break down tooth enamel, creating the conditions for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. In the future, look for chewing gum that delivers a variety of therapeutic agents that could provide additional benefits to those provided by the ability of gum to mechanically stimulate saliva flow. For instance, some gum might contain active agents that could enhance the gum’s ability to remineralize teeth and reduce decay, or enable gum to help reduce plaque and gingivitis.
5. Treat yourself
Because we love food, and eating it and cooking bring us great joy, when we want to treat ourselves to something, it’s usually a meal. Sometimes, after a long week, sidling up to the bar in our favorite restaurant and ordering ourselves something extravagant just makes us want to shout treat yourself you deserve it. Don’t worry about how many calories are in it, or how much it costs — you can’t do it all the time, but for now, take a deep breath and treat yourself to something delicious.
We think the occasional Treat yourself To a Food Day is really important, and can be a great stress reliever, so we asked you for your favorite, once-in-a-while presents to yourself. Go ahead guys. Treat Yourself.
How do you treat yourself with food? Let us know in the comments.