The Ultimate Stress Busting Diet

Everybody knows that the food you eat has a big impact on your physical health. Eat badly and you’ll put on weight and increase your chances of developing a whole host of health problems. But your diet also plays a big role in your mental health as well. High stress levels are a big problem for so many of us and we don’t tackle it, we’re far more likely to develop more serious mental health problems. Things like getting enough sleep, taking regular breaks and exercising are all good ways to combat stress but your diet is often one of the most effective ways. If you’re suffering from high stress levels, try adding some of these amazing stress busting foods to your diet.

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Asparagus

Folate (or vitamin B-9) is vital for producing red blood cells, improving metabolism and inspiring healthy cell growth. On top of all that, it’s great at reducing stress levels and has even been linked to a reduction in the symptoms of depression. You can find folate in a lot of different fruits and vegetables but one of the best sources out there is asparagus. It’s a great versatile vegetable that’s easy to add to your diet; you can boil it up and throw it in a salad, or grill it and serve it as a delicious side dish. They’re packed full of all sorts of other great vitamins and nutrients too so you can eat as many as you’d like.

Matcha Tea

Caffeine is one of the worst things for stress and most of us are getting too much from drinking coffee all day. If you want to cut down on your caffeine intake and benefit from stress busting amino acids, you can swap out your coffee for Matcha tea instead. L-Theanine is an amino acid that you do find in normal tea, but nowhere near the amount that you get from Matcha tea. It’s been found to help with relaxation and concentration and help you to sleep better at night. You can get Matcha from companies like focus supplements in powder form; just mix it with boiling water and you’ve got a delicious cup of tea that helps you to fight stress by giving you more L-Theanine and cutting out all of that caffeine from coffee at the same time.

Berries

Vitamin C is another great stress busting substance. Most people go straight to oranges when they’re trying to get vitamin C into their diet which is fine, but if you’re drinking a lot of orange juice then you’re also getting a lot of sugar. That sugar will cause you to crash after a while which will increase stress levels. You’re much better off getting your vitamin C from berries instead. They’re so easy to get into your diet because you can put a handful into your cereal in the morning, put them in deserts or even just eat them as a quick snack.

Add these 3 foods to your diet and you’ll see a big change in your stress levels in no time.  

5 products you should always carry in your summer handbag

Summer usually calls for a complete overhaul of our wardrobe, but sometimes we neglect to consider what we put in our handbags. Sun and hot temperatures can damage your skin, so you should try to ensure that you have the essentials at hand when you’re out and about.

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Sunscreen

In the summer, along with your natural tanning products, sunscreen should be added to your morning beauty regimen. However, it doesn’t last all day, so if you’re going to be out all day, you’ll definitely need to reapply. Invest in a smaller size tube of your favourite sunscreen and keep it in your summer handbag so you know it’s always there when you need it.

Lip balm (with SPF protection)

Your lips are one of the most vulnerable parts of your face all year round. In the winter, they need to battle against cold winds, and in the summer it’s easy for them to become dry from overexposure to the sun. A basic lip balm with SPF protection can fit in the smallest of bags and is easy to reapply throughout the day.

Blotting papers

A packet of pocket-sized blotting papers will be your best friend when you need to wipe away any excess oil and reduce shine. The great thing about blotting papers is that they can double, and even triple up, as other useful products. Use a sheet to help your makeup stay put, or even to dab up any excess oil in your roots that may be making your hair look greasy or dull.

Facial wipes

While blotting papers can do the trick, sometimes you need to start your makeup from scratch. After a long day in the sun, you’ll be thankful for a product that you can use to refresh yourself so that you can go from day to night without that feeling of patchy foundation or clogged mascara.

A reusable water bottle

Hydration is important all year round, but especially in the summer months when the temperature rises. Having a reusable water bottle in your bag won’t only save you money, but you’ll be doing your bit to reduce the amount of plastic that’s polluting the oceans. You can easily fill it up at work or in public restrooms when you’re on the go. Look for something made from BPA-free stainless steel to keep your drink cooler for longer.

Hope you’re having a fantastic summer so far!