I'm generally a pretty happy person, but I'd also say I tend to feel a pretty significant amount of stress on a regular basis. Whether it's about world events or something in my personal life, I'm certainly no stranger to feeling a little high-strung from time to time. And while reaching for energy-boosting foods can help you feel a little less overwhelmed by something like a hefty to-do list, I find that adding ingredients that help you relax to some of those foods really strikes that perfect balance between focus and ease.
While these foods will definitely help your mind and body simmer down in a moment of stress, paying attention to your overall nutrition is an important part of the equation, registered dietitian Jess English tells Elite Daily in an email. "I'd say ensuring an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals, and balancing your energy through the day (ensuring adequate carbohydrate, fat, and protein intake) is a sure-fire way to begin to relax properly," she explains.
In other words, if you're fueling your body with what it needs on a daily basis, you're less likely to be lacking in things like nutrients and minerals that might affect your mood. Here are a few ingredients to stock up on for all of your relaxation needs.