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Healthy Eating and Stress

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Eating well during times of stress

You can handle stress better when you are as healthy as possible, so eating nutritiously is a good defense against stress. These tips focus on using nutrition to reduce the symptoms of stress.

  • If you drink alcohol, try to drink less.

    If you are feeling very stressed, you might be turning to alcohol for relief more often than you realize. It may help you feel better for a time, but it won't get rid of stress. Your risk of harm from alcohol is low if you have 2 drinks or less per week.

  • Make mealtimes calm and relaxed.

    Try not to skip meals or eat on the run. Skipping meals can make stress-related symptoms worse. You may get a headache or a tight, tense feeling in your stomach. Eating on the run can cause indigestion. Use mealtime to relax, enjoy the flavor of your meal, and reflect on your day.

  • Avoid using food as a way to relieve stress.

    Some people turn to food to comfort themselves when they are under stress. This can lead to overeating and guilt. If this is a problem for you, try to replace eating with other actions that relieve stress, such as taking a walk, playing with a pet, or taking a bath.

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Current as of: September 20, 2023

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