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7 foods to calm end-of-year stress

Ah, the end of the year! An atmosphere saturated with the warmth of joy, the embrace of love, and spaces decorated in red and green where we can meet with our loved ones and delight in the spirit of togetherness.

But let's be real for a moment: Amid the bright lights and holiday cheer, stress often takes center stage this time of year, too. Whether it's the annual review of pending goals, closing projects and planning for the year ahead, the seemingly endless Christmas shopping list, or the constant shifting from one social gathering to another, it's easy to find ourselves caught up in a whirlwind of emotions.

If we add a poor diet to this stage of exhaustion, tiredness, and anxiety, the body feels it and symptoms such as irritability, bad mood, excessive tiredness, and listlessness appear. To counteract these effects, it is necessary to reorganize your meals and rest. Exercising is essential since it becomes a means of relief and distraction to reduce tension.

From a nutritional point of view, there are foods that help improve tension since they act as relaxants. For those who end the year with a lot of stress, it is advisable to incorporate the following into your diet:


The glorious, golden and delicious Turkey is much more than the main dish. This noble bird brings with it the gift of tryptophan, a loyal friend that helps build serotonin, the hormone of happiness.


Beyond being simple crunchy snacks, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are revealed as powerful allies for the well-being of the whole family. As? Its exceptional magnesium and healthy fat content will not only satisfy your taste buds but will also trigger a wave of relaxation that everyone can enjoy.

Fatty Fish

A marine touch on your Christmas table? Salmon and tuna are your kitchen's omega-3 superheroes, fighting stress and promoting a calm home life. Enjoy their benefits for a stress-free and harmonious dining experience.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is more than just a delight for sweet cravings; it's a secret weapon to unlock endorphins and sow the seeds of joy throughout your family.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Spinach and kale aren't just vibrant additions to your plate; they're powerhouses of magnesium, a mineral that works like a soothing balm for those stressed-out muscles, turning every bite into a refreshing remedy for relaxation.

Natural Yogurt

Yogurt with probiotics helps cope with stress by supporting gut health. Probiotics, live bacteria in yogurt, maintain a balanced gut microbiota. A healthy gut is linked to the body's stress response. Additionally, the gut produces mood-influencing neurotransmitters like serotonin.


Harness the power of fresh seasonal fruits to arm your family with vitamins and antioxidants, ensuring they tackle every holiday challenge with radiant smiles and unwavering energy.


Choosing food during the holidays is not only about satisfying our tastes but also about nourishing our body and mind. Integrating these foods into your celebrations can contribute to a more relaxed and balanced experience, allowing you to truly enjoy the festive spirit, calm stress and welcome the new year with serenity and joy!

Additional Resources:

  1. The American Psychological Association (APA)
  2. Allina Health: A non-profit organization providing healthcare services
  3. NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health


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