Eat Healthily to Reduce Stress Posted on 31 January 2014 by Wellbeing People for Kent-Teach in Wellbeing Anything and everything has the ability to overwhelm us - it could be the traffic jam, the shopping queue, the paperwork or even something on TV that just annoys us! How can food and diet help us to keep calm? It’s tempting to reach for the cake and chocolates when we feel tired and stressed, but indulging in these high sugar treats really can make things worse. When we eat lots of high sugar foods it becomes more difficult for our body to maintain steady blood sugar levels and as a result we may experience tiredness, irritability, poor concentration, forgetfulness and even crying spells. Feeling like this certainly doesn’t help us in the workplace. By eating foods that keep your blood sugar balanced throughout the day, you are much more likely to sleep well, stay calm and be able to deal with the everyday stresses of life. So, keep stocked up on wholegrains (brown bread, brown rice, brown pasta and oats), healthy proteins (meat, fish, eggs, beans, nuts) and plenty of fruit and veg. Eating well doesn’t mean you have got to deprive yourself…. Snack on a handful of dried fruit, nuts and seeds. You could even make your own treat by mixing almonds, hazelnuts and dried cranberries with dark chocolate buttons. Go for crackers with hummus, tzatziki or guacamole dip Treat yourself to Oat Biscuits- you can get mixed berries or dark chocolate chip Try out oatcakes with cream cheese and ham or smoked mackerel pate Wishing you a happy and healthy week! Stress can have a negative impact on your behaviour and mental health which can then affect your work. Check out this blog to know How Does Your Mental Health Influence Your Work Performance?