Eat yourself out of lockdown anxiety

These are anxiety-inducing times for all of us. That’s why we’ve put together a list of foods to help you achieve calm and positivity during lockdown…  

We keep hearing the word ‘unprecedented’, its almost a cliché, but that’s because, put simply, it’s true. We’re in lockdown, uncertain about the immediate future and our bodies have switched to fight or flight mode (without a lot of us even realising).

It’s absolutely essential that we eat well during the lockdown. 

Whilst we don’t believe you can’t have treats (imagine that!), don’t fall into the trap of eating too much sweet stuff – the sugar rush born of heaps of chocolate can make you shaky and, when it passes, feeling even lower and more lethargic than when you started.

Here are just a few suggestions…

Make mine a large serving of magnesium 
Studies show that a healthy intake of magnesium can reduce our response to stress, lowering feelings of fear and panic. Great sources include spinach, bananas, chickpeas, salmon, brown rice, baked beans and tofu. For full list of magnesium-packed foods, follow this link

Berry good news
Berries packed with antioxidants, which are known to combat stress and can be found in foods like blueberries, grapes, raspberries, dark chocolate and pecans. See more suggestions here

Make an oatmeal of it 
Buy a bag as its packed full of slow-release carbs that banish sugar-fuelled jitters and promote synthesis of mood-boosting serotonin. It can also help you catch some quality sleep chasing-away-insomnia-bowl-oatmeal. Add some berries!

Blooming marvellous 
We all know chamomile tea can be calming, but have you ever tried a lavender cuppa? Lavender is known for its positive mental health benefits; relieving agitation and aiding good sleep, as well as settling tummy troubles and asthma and supporting good heart health. Learn how to make a flowery brew here

Oh, go on then…Chocolate?
Yes, of the dark variety, of course – its antioxidants lifting anxiety-busting serotonin levels and potentially lowering blood pressure whilst increasing blood flow to your brain and heart… oh, and tasting mighty fine too!