Foods that Help with Anxiety and Stress

Stress and anxiety create an imbalance in hormonal levels and also disturbs cortisol and insulin levels. This leads to cravings so you lean towards food items that help you cope emotionally which further becomes a pattern and you find yourself in a vicious circle of guilt and unhealthy eating 

So does that mean you should absolutely stop yourself from eating when feeling stressed or anxious? No not all as there are many food items that can, in fact, make you feel better while you work on bringing stress under control. 

Here are some food items that can help you with stress and anxiety and make you feel better:

Citrus fruits 

Vitamin C in citrus fruits is known to help with stress. Try adding fruits like oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, kiwis, etc in your diet on days you feel stressed out.


Bananas have the same effect as citrus fruits. Potassium in banana boosts Dopamine, the feel-good hormone of the body. 


Fish is a rich source of Omega-3- fatty acids that play an evident role in reducing stress and anxiety. The best way to make most of the benefits is by having it with a friend you confide and talking about how you feel. 


Nuts contain B vitamins that help to deal with stress. Since they contain healthy fats as well, it keeps your hunger pangs in control hence you do not resort to overeating during stressful periods of your day. 

Dark chocolate 

It is understandable if you feel like reaching for something sweet when stressed out. The best option in that case is dark chocolate as it will elevate your mood and also reduce cortisol levels in the body.  


You might be surprised to learn that yogurt can help reduce anxiety