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Stressed? These 7 Foods Reduce Stress

Stressed? These 7 Foods Reduce Stress

Are you under a lot of stress in your daily life? These days, who isn’t? You’ve probably heard the advice that exercise is all it takes to stay healthy and stress free. While it is true that exercise will help you manage stress, some small tweaks to your diet can also reduce stress.

Here are the seven foods you should incorporate into your diet today:

1. Dark Chocolate

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    Dark Chocolate helps to ease emotional tension, and helps to elevate your mood naturally. Fortunately, dark chocolate is somewhat of a guilt free snack. Buy good quality dark chocolate. If you can, buy organic. Go as dark as you can handle, and try to find chocolate with as few ingredients as possible.  Raw chocolate is excellent as well. You only need a square or two per day.

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    2. Almonds

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      Almonds are packed with nutrients such as Vitamin B and Vitamin E. These vitamins help to strengthen your immune system during stressful times. A small handful of almonds per day is all it takes.

      3. Sweet Potatoes

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        Sweet potatoes are full of immune boosting nutrients which help you fight stress. A warm dish of sweet potatoes after a long day gives you a feeling of satisfaction and tranquility. You only need about one cup, but you may find that you can’t stop eating them.

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        4. Good Fat

          You body needs fat–good fat. Foods that are high in good fats create a happy feeling in your brain. Good fats also promote restful sleep. Luckily, there are many sources of good fats. Coconut Oil is a favorite fat because of its versatility. You can use it in most of your cooking, baking, and stir-frying. You can even add a spoonful to your morning smoothie.

          Avocado is another excellent source of fat. You need at least one half avocado per day. Other good fats include olive oil, fish oil, and dietary supplement oil blends, such as Udo’s oil. One or two tablespoons per day should do the job.

          5. High Quality Animal Protein (Non-vegetarian)

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            If possible, choose top quality, organic, and grass fed. Don’t go overboard with animal protein. You only need small portions, about the size of your palm. High quality protein promotes restful sleep and creates a feeling of peace and tranquillity.

            6. Sugars, But Not White Sugar

            Honey

              Your body needs sugar–good sugar. You can get sugar from a natural source, such as fresh or dry fruit, and raw honey. Honey boosts your immune system, which is often weakened during stressful times. Honey also gives you a better night’s sleep. A spoonful of honey per day is all you need.

              7. Green Vegetables

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                Asparagus, spinach, kale are packed with vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid and magnesium. These minerals promote emotional well-being. A cup of these vegetables per day is all you need.

                Other Important Things to Consider:

                Exercise is also a very big component in your daily stress reduction routine. Fortunately, you don’t need to exercise for hours; it only takes a few minutes. I do 10 to 20 minutes per day, and it makes a huge difference for me. Remember that a little exercise is so much better than nothing at all. The trick is to schedule your exercise session while you have energy, not at the end of the day, when your energy is failing.

                Another important factor in reducing stress is sleep. Are you sleeping enough? Do you wake up rested? Be honest. It takes discipline to get to bed on time so that you are functional the next day. You cannot be in top shape when you lack sleep. Your body is a perfect mechanism; it will tell you if you have receive enough sleep, or not. If you are cranky, tired, irritable, or lacking energy, you need more sleep.

                I hope you can reduce your stress level, as well as improve your overall health by adopting at least some of the tips.

                To happy and healthy Living!

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                Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

                What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

                Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

                One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

                If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

                But first, the good news!

                How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

                But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

                ‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

                Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.

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                1. Embrace loneliness

                When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

                Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

                There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

                When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

                Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

                2. Facebook is not the answer

                Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

                Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.

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                When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

                3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

                It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

                There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

                • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
                • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
                • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
                • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

                The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

                4. Go out and meet people

                It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

                ‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

                Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.

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                Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

                There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

                Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

                Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

                5. Reach out to help someone in need

                A burden shared is a burden halved.

                Dag Hammarskjold was keenly aware of this fact when he said:

                ‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

                Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

                Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

                6. Be grateful and count your blessings

                Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

                If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

                Featured photo credit: Anthony Tran via unsplash.com

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