In many cases, it's wise to listen to your body and do what it tells you. But when it comes to managing stress, your body can fool you!
- When you're anxious, it's common to crave caffeine, nicotine, refined sugar, white flour, and salt. You may think indulging these cravings will bring temporary relief, but in fact you'll wind up placing even more stress on your system. Example: Cookies, donuts and soft drinks deplete B-complex vitamins, which you need to fight off stress.
- Resist your cravings for sweets or salty snacks. Instead, prepare healthy alternatives and bring them to work. Examples:
- A bag of peeled carrots;
- Nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt mixed with pure maple syrup;
- Whole-grain, low-salt crackers; and
- Fresh fruits.