The vicious cycle of stress and the blood sugar roller coaster + how to stop it

Stow high-quality snacks at your workplace Protein and healthy fats are costars in the blood sugar balancing act. Nuts, seeds, and nut- and seed-butters are easy options that have both protein and a bit of healthy fat to help you stay in balance when workplace stress hits. To highlight a few stars: cashews are high in zinc, which can bolster your immune system from the negative impacts of stress; pistachios can reduce the effects of stress on your cardiovascular system. We now know that our gut biomes (aka the trillions of bacteria living in our digestive systems) are closely tied to stress and anxiety. Yogurt helps keep your army of gut bacteria happy. Look for options with more grams of protein than sugar and you’ll have the double benefit of a protein-rich snack. Sneak short walks into your day Walking to relieve workplace stress is a win-win-win. For one, you get to physically remove yourself from the environment that’s bringing you down. You also get your blood pumping, meaning more oxygen is getting to your brain, likely making you sharper and more productive when you get back to your desk. Finally, as with all exercise, you’ll release endorphins that’ll boost your mood. *Bonus points if you get a coworker to take a walk with you, because #workfriendsrock* Drink more water Drinking sufficient amounts of water helps your body maintain healthy blood sugar, keeping that spike/crash effect at bay. What’s even more compelling, if you’re NOT getting enough water, dehydration can heap side effects like headaches, sleepiness, and dizziness onto your already stressed system. Nobody wants that. If you struggle with drinking enough water, try setting a “refill” alarm every couple of hours, buying a fun mug or glass to keep at your workspace, or starting a water challenge with your coworkers. (They will only think it’s silly until you all start to feel amazing.) Additional perks of getting enough water may include glowing skin, improved energy, and frequent opportunities to take walks (see above) to the restroom.      ]]>

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