Practice Mindful Eating
Several times throughout the day, especially before meals, determine whether you’re actually hungry or stressed out:
Ask yourself: Do I need calories now? Or am I feeling sad, lonely, bored or stressed? How can I meet this need? By separating emotions from hunger, you’ll better control your stress level and your appetite.
Vitamins B and C
Research shows that taking 50 mg of vitamin B and 1000 mg of vitamin C in times of stress, or for a couple days thereafter, can help regulate mood.
Exercise: Walking Stairs
Exercise releases serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones that become blocked during stress. Walking stairs is a great workout. One study showed that walking stairs 7 minutes a day reduces the risk of heart disease by two-thirds.
Alternative Treatments: Acupressure and Aromatherapy
These age-old treatments trigger stress-reducing chemicals in the brain.
Know Your Stress Triggers
Figure out which situations cause your stress. Can you change the situation? If not, focus on controlling your response: