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There are many ways you can manage stress, including through your diet.
Here are 3 natural stress remedies that could help during stressful times.
Chocolate may be able to lower stress and improve mood. Experts aren’t sure how it achieves this, but it may be due to its high levels of tryptophan content - a substance that the body uses to make ‘happy’ hormones like serotonin. As it’s dark chocolate that’s linked to improving stress, remember to choose a bar that’s at least 70% cocoa.
Bananas contain plenty of vitamin B6, which may lower stress and reduce tiredness. Bananas are also a source of the feel-good hormone dopamine, so try eating a banana to help balance your mood during stressful times.
Levels of the stress hormone cortisol are higher when you’re thirsty, so drink water throughout the day to prevent them from spiking. Most people should drink 6 to 8 glasses daily.
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As well as certain foods, there are a range of activities you can try to help you relax and stay calm during this stressful time.
You could try baking, reading, running a bath or playing with your pet. These are just a few examples of things worth trying, but whatever helps will be unique to you.
Here are 8 tips to get you on the path to relaxation, put together by mental health charity Mind UK.