Anxiety is the worst. It’s a liar that tells you you’re not worthy of having good things, a frenemy who points out all the flaws in your appearance, or a nagging presence whispering that you’ll never achieve the perfect work-life balance you so badly crave.
Whether chronic or acute, anxiety is often exacerbated by stress. Stress triggers the release of cortisol in the body so we can be alert and focus on problem-solving. However, if this pattern becomes the norm, it can cause us to become problem-seeking
instead of problem-solving.
[Read: “How Your Brain Processes Anxiety.”]
This negative focus causes more stress, which increases anxiety, which can disrupt our ability to relax, sleep, and recharge. That, in turn, increases stress, which increases anxiety...and, well, you get the idea.
Anxiety-Busting Pantry Staples
Luckily, our pantries may hold the key to helping us get off the anxiety hamster wheel. The natural world is awash in delicious, comforting foods that work with our biology to not only nourish our bodies but also help restore our mental and emotional health.
Here are six reliable standbys that are versatile, available in most grocery stores, and just plain tasty.