Foods to help lower anxiety

Updated: Jun 22

It took me many years to realise just how much certain foods impacted my anxiety. It then took a long time to adjust my diet to something better that would leave me feeling well and less anxious. If you are struggling with anxiety too, then perhaps you can try and make similar changes.



  • Seeds and Nuts: They are great to snack on which can help ease the tension in your stomach as well as providing various nutrients.

  • Fish: Again, they provide nutrients and aren’t too heavy or difficult for your stomach

  • Chamomile: This is supposed to help you relax, so having chamomile tea at the start or end of the day can help lower anxiety

  • Chicken: Whether it lowers anxiety or just helps me feel better in general, chicken is a food I have if I’m not sure of what else to eat.

Although there are foods that help with anxiety, I found that cutting out various things helped me a lot more. These are the foods I avoid:

  • Milk/Cream

  • Sugary drinks/foods

  • Red Meat

  • Gluten

  • Chocolate

  • Coffee

The thing is, we live in a world now where it is so easy to just grab something quickly whether it’s a ready meal or a takeout but they aren’t that good for us. They are filled with additives and other substances that aren’t natural and that we should avoid. I don’t exactly enjoy cooking, but over the years, I have found meals to cook that take practically no time, and I know what’s in them and that they are good for me. A healthy body means a healthy mind so if we take care of the food we put into our body, we will feel less anxious. It took me a while to realise it but it’s true. Think of a time that you ate something heavy or fatty; did you feel anxious? Making certain diet changes can help you feel less anxious but just bear in mind it may take some time to figure out which foods work for you and which ones don’t.


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