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Indulge in some stress-eating.

It turns out, not all stress-eating — turning to food to calm your nerves when
you’re feeling tense and tired — is bad. But going for empty calories like
candy, chips or ice cream isn’t the right way to go about it; in fact, relying
on these foods for comfort can actually increase your stress in the long run, as
they contribute to high blood pressure, obesity and other health issues over
time. Even in the short run, they can add to emotional stress simply due to the
feelings of guilt and failure that eating unhealthy snacks can inspire. Instead,
go for proven tension-busting foods like avocados, pistachios and other nuts,
salmon, oatmeal, milk and spinach. These foods contain nutrients like calcium
(milk, spinach), vitamin E (pistachios and other nuts), omega-3 fatty acids
(salmon), potassium (avocados), and fiber (oatmeal, avocados) that are known to
cut down on fatigue and the stress hormone cortisol, while helping you feel
comfortably full — so you won’t end up reaching for that bag of potato chips in
a weak moment, and then regretting it later. Try grabbing a bowl of oatmeal with
milk for breakfast, adding avocado or salmon to your spinach salad at lunch, or
downing your meal with a glass of milk. You can even keep packets of instant
oatmeal or bags of pistachios and almonds in your purse or your desk at work,
for a quick pick-me-up when you need it most.

When something upsetting happens, write it down.

Writing in a journal doesn’t need to become a regular daily practice — yet
another task to squeeze into your already endless to-do list — and it doesn’t
have to take long. Just a few minutes of writing down your thoughts and feelings
about the argument you had with your spouse or that upsetting email from your
boss can significantly reduce the tension you might otherwise bottle up inside.
Journaling about your feelings not only gives you a safe and much-needed space
to vent; it can also help you gain a new perspective on the situation, or even
brainstorm strategies for resolving the issue. Keep a journal in your bedside
table drawer so you can jot down a few sentences at night before bed, or keep a
file on your computer that you can pull up and add to whenever you need to vent.

Don’t bottle it up — talk it out with someone you trust.

Though it might seem nobler to keep it to yourself when someone’s comment or
behavior shocks or annoys you, it can actually be a much more effective
stress-buster to go ahead and open up to a trusted friend, coworker or other
confidant about your reaction to the situation. This isn’t about malicious
gossip; it’s simply about getting irritation and other tense feelings off your
chest in order to release steam. Also, just like writing in a journal, talking
things over with someone else can help you gain a different, better perspective.


Author's Bio: 

Jackie Williams has worked for as a manager overlooking the talent department for a prominent new age communications company. Later as the internet developed, she diversified her recruitment specialty to server global clients for a internet based spiritual network.
She attained her Master of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and her BA from Hunter College.