When was the last time you checked your diet?
Too often, when we ask ourselves what foods are calming to us, the initial response will be "All of them - whenever I'm eating I feel better".
There's a huge difference between eating foods that have calming properties vs shoving whatever we want into our mouths to provide a temporary sense of relief. Like any quick fix, the latter wears off very fast and usually ends up leaving you feeling guilty, and listening to the bad voices in your head, which leads to you eating again to calm yourself, and you end up in a vicious circle. It's now easy to see one major reason why you're stressed!
Instead take a step back and re-evaluate. Try to have healthy options on hand and incorporate foods that have actual calming properties like:
they're high in folate which is essential for keeping your cool
high in substances that block certain fats that cause oxidative damage
*be careful though - avocados are considered a fat so eat in moderation*
all are rich in vitamin C, which is shown to be helpful in combating stress
good source of zinc—a 1-ounce serving has 11 percent of your RDA (recommended daily allowance). Low levels of zinc have been linked to both anxiety and depression but be careful because they are a fat as well as protein
dark chocolate, in particular, is known to lower blood pressure, adding to a feeling of calm. It contains more polyphenols and flavonol (two important types of antioxidants) than some fruit juices!
a complex carbohydrate, oatmeal causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Not only does serotonin have antioxidant properties, it also creates a soothing feeling that helps overcome stress
a medium banana fills you up, provides a mild blood sugar boost, and has 30% of the day’s vitamin B6, which helps the brain produce mellowing serotonin
a 3-ounce serving of canned white tuna has about 800 mg of omega-3s, which research suggests may treat the kind of blues that leave you feeling low or anxious