From physical exercises to colouring in books, there are various techniques to minimise stress
A recent study conducted by Harvard and Stanford University found a stressful workplace could quite literally shorten your lifespan.
Foods that are rich in healthy omegas – in particular, omega 3 can also assist to improve mood and cognitive function
From physical exercises to colouring in books, there are a wide variety of techniques recommended by experts to minimise the impacts of stres
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Rick said: “Getting the right nutrition and nutrient density into your diet can help to relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
“In particular increasing the intake of foods that are rich in vitamin C and B group vitamins help to nourish the nervous system and may assist in decreasing stress levels.“Foods that are rich in healthy omegas – in particular, omega 3 can also assist to improve mood and cognitive function.”
Below are the best foods to include in an anti-stress diet, according to Rick Hay.
Oily fish like salmon or mackerel helps to increase the intake of mood-stabilising omega 3
“Oily fish like salmon or mackerel helps to increase the intake of mood-stabilising omega 3.
“Research has shown that omega 3 can work particularly well to reduce the effects of minor anxiety.”
Dark chocolate contains an array of vitamins and minerals that can reduce stress
“Dark chocolate can be a great stress-fighting food, as it contains an array of vitamins and minerals that can reduce stress and studies also indicate that it can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.”
Bananas are also very good for mood improvement and stabilisation
“Berries and citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which is key to the reduction of cortisol in the system.
“The antioxidants also nourish all of the body’s systems so are great to help boost overall health, which often suffers when we are stressed out.
“Bananas are also great, as they’re rich in tryptophan and potassium. Both of which help with mood improvement and stabilisation.”
“Leafy green vegetables and salad greens are high in magnesium, which helps to relax the nervous system and can reduce the muscle tightness so often associated with times of high stress.”