I used to be the habit of pouring myself a glass of white wine around 5pm every day. I needed to take the edge off from wrangling my kids all day. It was ‘medicinal’, I told myself. Well, that was until an actual doctor instructed me to cut out alcohol altogether.
“Noooo! I need my mummy wine time!”, I remember thinking as he delivered the devastating news.
Well, it turns out I didn’t. After changing my diet, I began to feel more mellow and able to cope with the stress of motherhood.
If you also find yourself stress eating (hello Tim Tams) or pouring yourself a glass of vino to unwind, try tweaking your diet. These stress-busting foods may make all the difference.
1. Dark chocolate
Yay, you can still eat chocolate when stressed! In fact a square of dark chocolate may actually lower the levels of stress hormones in your body. Chocolate also contains mood-improving serotonin. All good things in moderation though, as chocolate does contain sugar. Try pairing it with herbal tea instead of coffee.