Ah, stress. It makes you agitated, cranky, angry, and sometimes, even “hangry.” That’s probably why your first instinct is to grab that big bag of chips in the office pantry and eat it all in one sitting. And it may feel great… at first. Sure, that bag of cheesy goodness may have been a quick fix for a rough day—an emotional anesthesia, so to speak. But did it actually do the job? Most definitely not.

When you’re stressed, your cortisol levels rise. This causes intense food cravings, which make you end up looking for the bad stuff, like junk food and sugary desserts. The cortisol also triggers an enzyme that causes you to accumulate more belly fat. To put it simply, higher levels of stress equal more fat—and you’re only making it worse by eating those chips.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our top 7 stress-relieving snacks— actual comfort food, which will soothe and calm you down instantly. Now, step away from the Cheetos!

7 STRESS-RELIEVING SNACKS


1. BLUEBERRIES
When you’re looking for a sugary-sweet fix, think twice about reaching for candy. (That stuff’s all sugar and calories!) Go for fruits instead, like a fresh pack of blueberries! Blueberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants—both of which help lower stress-causing cortisol, along with your blood pressure. Plus, it contains antioxidants called anthocyanins that help improve your cognitive health, keeping your mind sharp, focused, and alert. Perfect when the midday brain fog hits!

TRY: ASAB Organics Dried Blueberries (90g), P220, Healthy Munch Dried Cultivated Blueberries (67g), P245

2. ALMONDS
When you’re stressed, go nuts… with nuts! Almonds come loaded with vitamins B2 and E, which keep your immune system strong. They’re also rich in magnesium and zinc, which help produce serotonin (A.K.A., the mood-boosting hormone). Added bonus: they’re super filling. Just a handful of the stuff will satisfy any food cravings you might have… the healthy way.

TRY: ASAB Organics Almonds (Sliced and Blanched) (100g), P160, Manila Superfoods Almonds (250g), P295

3. MAGNESIUM
Not only does magnesium produce serotonin, it’s also a godsend for anxiety and stress. If you find yourself overwhelmed, your low gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels are to blame. Magnesium helps raise these levels, so your brain can take a break. It even works as an effective antidepressant, making it a good supplement for those who are feeling particularly blue.

TRY: Herbs of the Earth Pure Magnesium, P1,099

4. POTASSIUM
Potassium is the lifeblood of the body. Healthy levels of potassium mean a regulated blood pressure, reduced anxiety and stress, and better overall health. It’s also known for helping combat chronic stress by increasing mental performance and regulating adrenaline and cortisol levels, which can be really bad for the body when they reach an alarmingly high rate.

TRY: Herbs of the Earth Potassium Gluconate+, P890, Daily Apple Banana Turmeric Chips, P90

5. LAVENDER
A side effect of stress includes difficulty sleeping because you just have so many thoughts running through your mind. This can lead to a messed-up body clock, and even insomnia, which can affect your mental health in the long run. Lavender has been used quite some time for natural stress relief, as the scent helps increase the time spent in deep sleep. When brewed as a tea, the scent helps calm you down. When massaged on the body or inhaled via aromatherapy, lavender works as a muscle relaxant, helping you transition into sleep much smoother.

TRY: Manila Superfoods Lavender Oolong Tea (50g), P190

6. CHAMOMILE
While coffee is all energy and caffeine, tea is the more subtle alternative. Chamomile tea has been used for many years to promote well-being and a peaceful mind. That’s because it’s rich in apigenin, a relaxant that helps soothe and put your body in a state of calm. Aside from drinking chamomile, you can even rub the essential oil onto your body or inhale its scent to make the stress melt away.

TRY: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Fresh Leaf Tea Chamomile, P300

7. DARK CHOCOLATE
Good news, everyone: you’re allowed to have chocolate when you’re stressed! Dark chocolate is rich in endorphin, the happy hormone, and anandamide, a psychoactive feel-good neurotransmitter. It even has phenylethylamine (PEA), a compound which makes you feel calm and euphoric. It’s a great mood stimulant (an aphrodisiac even!) and gives you a much-needed boost of happiness after a rough day.

TRY: Coco Dolce 65% Dark Chocolate (45g), P110, Lifestyle Gourmet Dark Chocolate Nut Bar, P75

OTHER WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS


You got the food down, next is working on a stress-free environment. Here are some tips and tricks to help set the mood and get you nice and relaxed.

1. Use essential oils.
Your oilbolaryo starter park must include two things: a diffuser and a good arsenal of essential oils. The machine will help spread the benefits of the oils in the air, which you will smell and inhale. This sets the mood for relaxation in your office or house.

TRY: Beryl Essentials Lavender Essential Oil (5ml), P189, Pure Bliss Chamomile Essential Oil (18ml), P275

2. Treat yourself to a massage.
Using essential or massage oils are great in and of themselves for promoting relaxation. Plus, you get to take in the benefits directly. Some products like magnesium absorb more quickly into the body when used directly onto the skin. Although, eating the supplement does come with its perks too, especially if you don’t like the light stinging sensation when you initially spray it onto your skin.

TRY: Pure Bliss 100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil, P1,111, Escents PH Magnesium Spray, P300

3. Address your problem areas.
If you don’t have time to visit your masseuse, you can use travel-friendly roll-ons to give yourself a quick massage on the temples or on specific problem areas like the neck and shoulders. Synergy Blends do the job perfectly and come in fuss-free bottles, so things don’t get messy.

TRY: Pili Stress Away Natural Essential Oil Blend (10ml), P340, Organature De-Stress Essential Oil, P399, doTerra Lavender Touch, P1,090

Got any hacks on relieving stress? Let us know in the comments section below!

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