When we talk about stress, we are usually referring to tension/emotional distress.
Medically, stress means any condition/situation which can strain on the body. The sources can be a physical illness or injury, as well as numerous psychological factors including fear, feelings of anger or frustration and even unusual happiness.
Tips for eating during stressful periods:
There is no diet can make stress disappear. But you can change your eating habits during stressful times:
- Eat breakfast. If you are running on empty, stress can be more difficult to handle.
- Eat slowly. Eating quickly is often associated with digestive upset and this coupled with stress can make your food difficult to digest.
- Don’t diet. Changing eating habits is stressful at the best of times.
- Limit your intake of caffeine & alcohol. They can affect your mood and sleep patterns. Alcohol can also heighten feelings of depression.
- Listen to your body and avoid foods that cause you discomfort for digestive upset.
The De-stress & Stretch Workout
Slowly and gently move into the yoga postures below. Once you’ve settled into the full pose, focus on slow, controlled and deep breathing from your belly, inhaling to a count of five
and exhaling to a count of three. Take five to ten deep and slow breaths in each pose (on both sides when applicable) before
moving onto the next.