Stress-reducing Foods

Writing demands lots of mental and emotional energy — and that it can sometimes be stressful. Finding ways to relax and rejuvenate can give a boost to our brainpower, productivity, and creativity. Here’s a list of foods packed with nutrients we need for peak performance. Building them into your breakfast, lunch, and mid-morning and afternoon snacks isn’t just simple, it’s also a smart strategy:

Almonds: Rich in Vitamins E and B, these nuts strengthen the immune system and stabilize mood by stimulating the production of serotonin, which fights anxiety by sending calming signals to the brain. 

Blueberries: Loaded with Vitamin C, these tasty little treats pack a powerful punch: they help stabilize blood sugar and lower stress-hormone levels.

Eggs: Filled with B Vitamins and L-Tryptophan. Together, they produce serotonin, which boosts overall health and improves your mood, and melatonin, a natural sleep aid. 

Salmon, Mackerel, Herring, Sardines, and Tuna: Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and B Vitamins: Omega-3s reduce stress-hormone levels and, boost levels of feel-good serotonin, and help regulate moods. 

Skim milk: Calcium relieves tension and relaxes muscles. It also helps to reduce mood swings and anxiety.

Spinach: Loaded with magnesium, generous portions of spinach help relax tense muscles and lower blood pressure.

Energizing snacks: You can stave off late-in-the-day slumps by eating a protein-rich snack like a hard-boiled egg or hummus. The amino acids in protein help you feel more alert and focused and give you more sustained energy than quick-fix sugary pick-ups.

OK, let’s fuel ourselves for fun and creativity as we all write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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