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Stress Management Techniques: Eating Habits

  • Maintain a regular, balanced and healthy diet by eating regularly, eating a variety of nutritious foods and drinking plenty of water. Food and drink play an important part in the way we feel and act and maintaining the supply of energy to our bodies throughout the day is essential in reducing stress. You should eat a balanced diet with food from the five main food groups – protein, dairy,carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables and fats and sugars. Six to eight glasses of water per day is recommended.
  • Avoid ‘Stress Eating’ including too much snacking on fatty and sugary foods.These foods provide an initial feeling of well being but ultimately result in a drop in sugar and energy levels leaving you tired, irritable and unable to concentrate.
  • Always make time for breakfast as it is the most important meal of the day,providing you with energy for the day. Avoid large meals before bed.
  • Avoid stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine as they increase stress levels and make it hard to remain calm and focused. They will ultimately create more stress in your life. Health guidelines in the UK recommend that men can drink between 3-4 units of alcohol a day, and women can drink between 2-3 units a day without there being any significant risk to health.
  • Quit smoking as nicotine does not help prevent or reduce stress and can have far more serious impacts on your body.

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