World Mental Health Day falls on October 10th every year, a day with an aim of raising public awareness of mental health. In the past few months, most of us have been required to stay home and keep social distancing due to the spread of COVID-19, with daily activities severely disrupted and growing anxiety about coronavirus disease.
Speaking of anxiety, there’s actually no panacea to eliminate. Studies show that food is good in easing anxiety. In this article, Virmee is going to introduce a list of foods that are usually considered to be helpful in balancing your mood.
Milk is one of the recognized sources of protein. Protein contains essential amino acids that generates neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which can low down blood pressure and help you relax.
But if you have an allergic reaction to milk, please stop immediately.
- Peppermint Tea
If you don’t like milk, peppermint tea can be a very good choice. Some researches say that peppermint has a relaxing effect and most of all, it’s caffeine-free. When you’re stressed, a cup of peppermint tea may help because the menthol contained is a natural soothing ingredient.
Nuts like walnuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, zinc and vitamin E. They are very good elements for improving your immune system and wiping off your stress.
Although it sounds odd, according to growing research, the bacteria in your body may be one of causes that result in your anxiety. In addition to calcium and protein, there are also a large number of probiotic bacteria in yogurt, which makes you feel good.
- Leafy greens
Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are rich in magnesium and folate. These two elements play an important role in regulating your mood by helping your muscles relaxed, adjusting levels of cortisol and blood pressure.
- Fatty fish
Fish is a popular dish in our meals. Fatty fish like cod, tuna and salmon are rich in Omega-3, which is incredibly important for optimal brain health. Besides, Omega-3 also has anti-inflammatory effect that help fight off anxiety and depression.
- Dark Chocolate
Almost everyone likes chocolate. Not only is it a sweet type of food, it also brings benefits to your physical and mental health when consumed moderately. Dark chocolate has been proved to curb the stress better by producing anandamide and increasing serotonin & endorphin levels in the brain.
Apart from above foods, there are many other great foods you can try when you’re feeling stressed out. Meanwhile, maintaining a healthy diet habit is equally important as well.