We all lead busy lives these days. You might live in a big city with more people around you at any given time than you’ve ever seen in your entire life, or you have three kids and have to juggle responsibilities alongside childcare. 

Food can be a stepping stone to managing and combating anxiety. Doctors always recommend a healthy diet for good physical health, but what you eat can have a big impact on your mental health as well.

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If you’re facing anxiety, try incorporating some of these foods into your diet.

Acai berries  

This beautiful and delicious South American berry had its moment in the sun in the last few years and now it’s gone from ‘Ooh, what’s that?’ to ‘Ooh! Acai!’ The flavour is somewhat akin to blueberry but with red berry undertones. It can be drank as a juice, included in smoothies, or eaten on its own. Like blueberries, it’s high in phytonutrients and the antioxidants are at incredibly high levels. 

Seaweed

You heard right. Get down to your favourite sushi restaurant and get some seaweed ordered. It has many of the same benefits as the stalwart of the health food world, whole grains, but is suitable for gluten intolerant people. So it’s a win win! Additionally, it’s full of nutrients and magnesium and appears to be very high in tryptophan, which becomes serotonin – a calming neurotransmitter. 

Almonds

A well-known superfood, almonds make for a healthy, quick snack or a tasty addition to stir fries or salads. Each almond averages 7 calories so they’re easy to portion out to 100 or 150 calorie snacks.  Almonds contain zinc, a key nutrient for maintaining a balanced mood, and iron. Low iron levels have been known to cause brain fatigue, which can contribute to both anxiety and a lack of energy.

Blueberries

It’s hard to ignore blueberries. These sweet little pops of blue are full of vitamins and phytonutrients, with a variety of antioxidants that are considered extremely beneficial for relieving stress. The best thing about blueberries is that there are countless ways to enjoy them. Add a handful to your whole wheat cereal, bake a batch of muffins, or freeze a bunch and eat them like tasty little frozen gems!

Water

Not strictly a food but water is absolutely essential to good health - even strong mental health. Studies have found that as many as 25% of people with persistent stress are affected by dehydration. In turn, dehydration is known to cause more anxiety. So be sure to top up the water bottle throughout the day! 

Which foods do you eat to feel better - body, mind, and soul?