Foods higher in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals will fuel you more effectively lessening your stress hormones. And we know that there is a monster list of foods that heighten stress, such as:
- FLUNC foods – Frozen, Left-overs, Unnatural, Nuked, or Canned
- Soft drinks
- Caffeinated coffee and tea – Caffeine stays in the body for up to six hours before it starts to break down triggering long-term infusions of cortisol.
Replace them with these stress-busters:
- Fresh vegetables
- Omega fatty acids
- Chamomile and herbal teas
- Chewing on ice rather than junk foods
Do you have a Blue Mind?
The book Blue Mind by the compassionate, insightful conservationist, and game- changing marine biologist and research scientist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols has the sub-title The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. The expansive view of the ocean – or any large body of water – seems to have a tranquilizing effect on our brain because there are no physical markers on it –like trees, or bends in the road, or sign posts- to limit or confine it in any way. We mirror our environment and contemplating the endless expanse of the ocean or the serene stillness of a lake will quickly relax you. J even suggests that simply having a glass of water near you or a blue marble in your pocket can create a destressifying theme.