Top 10 Stress-Busting Foods

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The next time you’re feeling the stress of a looming deadline, the pressure of a never-ending to-do list, or an overwhelming feeling that you’re falling behind on something, load up a plate full of food and eat your way through it. It can’t be just any food, though — opt for some of the foods that have been proven to help reduce stress levels.

Munching on a few of the following ten foods should help keep you feeling centered and calm.

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1. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great stress-reducing snack, in part because they help satisfy your urge to eat carbohydrates and sugary snacks. But rather than give you a short-lived sugar rush followed by that awful crash that comes after, sweet potatoes will deliver a ton of nutrients that your body can process slowly and steadily. According to Marie Claire, sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene and other vitamins in addition to fiber, which helps you feel full longer.

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