After a long day at uni, a takeaway may seem like the only thing that can make you feel better, but in fact, it will only make you feel worse.
As the exam period is fast approaching again, it's probably time to start juggling revision, deadlines, socialising, keeping level headed and most importantly, keeping your stress levels down.
Not only is eating healthier proven to bust stress but it also makes for a healthy body and mind. Cooking can help to relax and take your mind off those dreaded exams, and you never know, you could surprise yourself with your cooking skills!
- Leafy greens
It's tempting to go straight for a cheeseburger when you're feeling low and you just want some comfort food, but instead, go green. Leafy greens like spinach contain folate, which produces a pleasure-inducing chemical, dopamine, which helps you keep calm.
Perfect for boosting your mood, turkey contains an amino acid that releases the chemical serotonin, giving us a sense of calm and even tiredness. It's leaner than chicken and usually cheaper too so a win-win situation!
If carbs are something you just can't live without, instead of reaching for a doughnut, try a more complex carb like oatmeal. It may sound boring but you can add in your favourite spices and fruit to make it much or interesting and tasty. Check out some of the best oatmeal recipes.
It might not smell great but salmon is rich in omega-3 and you can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's known to help keep your adrenaline from flaring when you’re feeling tense. Smoked salmon is a perfect breakfast before a big exam!
- Dark chocolate
If you are a chocoholic, then this one's for you. Dark chocolate can reduce your stress hormones and contains unique natural substances that create a sense of euphoria, similar to the feeling of being in love, so no wonder we love chocolate so much!
They may only be small but don't be fooled - they pack a serious punch of antioxidants and Vitamin C to help with feelings of stress. You can always put them in a smoothie (with banana and yogurt) to help you get your fix.
Milk is a great source of vitamin D, a nutrient that can boost happiness, it also contains protein lactium. This helps relax the body by lowering blood pressure as well as potassium which relaxes muscles. Having a glass of milk before bed will definitely help you sleep like a baby.
These are packed with Vitamin B, which gives you healthy nerve and brain cells to help stamp out feelings of anxiety. So if you've got a looming deadline, it's time to stock up!