Eating well 'can reduce stress'

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can have a real impact on reducing the effects of stress and boosting personal wellbeing, as can cutting back on cigarettes and alcohol, according to one expert.

Ann Finnemore - owner of stress management provider Getting You There - pointed out that individuals burdened by anxiety can often turn to drinking, smoking and comfort eating, but this can in fact prove counter-productive.

"When in a state of high anxiety or panic, a move to a healthier diet is best, as it will help provide the nutrients required by the body and will make the person more resilient," she explained.

Ms Finnemore added that alcohol and stimulants such as sugary processed foods can have a negative effect on sleep, with the former resulting in early waking and disturbed rest patterns.

Earlier in the month, a study carried out by researchers from the University of Vermont found regular exercise can help to prevent some people from develop panic and stress-related disorders.

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