Taking deep breaths, counting to 10, going for a walk around the block—studies have shown that these are all sound ways to manage stress. Another thing they have in common? Unless you’re doing them every day, they’re all reactive techniques, ones that you do after anxiety bubbles up to the surface.
In the video above, we present you with five proactive ways to inject a sense of calm into your (most likely) very hectic life, like carving out space away from screens to blocking out disrupting nighttime sounds with a pair of BOSE noise-masking sleepbuds.
When you need an energy boost or mood elevation, reach for complex carbs such as whole-grain breads, cereals and starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn. These increase the production of serotonin, a key mood-enhancing chemical in your brain. In the skin of potatoes you will find B12 too, another great supplement that decreases stress and depression.
Eating more red meats and dark leafy greens will also increase your B12 intake. Omega-3 fats found in flax seed, avocado, salmon and other fish are great for reducing stress and lowering depression levels so increase your intake of these yummy foods (your cholesterol will even out also giving you a happy heart bonus).