How have you been coping with “the new normal” brought upon us by the global pandemic? As much as the coronavirus outbreak has affected the physical health of people all over the world, the psychological effects of social isolation and loss of our daily routines that lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and fear, cannot be overlooked.
And for mums juggling working from home and managing a full household 24/7, burnout is also a very real health problem. In fact, the World Health Organisation has classified “burn out” as an “occupational phenomenon”, “a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.
A reason for this anxiety you’re feeling stems from uncertainty about the present and the future, which might actually directly affect the way we eat. But keeping an eye on what you and your household are nibbling on can go a long way towards calming anxiety. That doesn’t mean diving straight for a tub of triple choc ice-cream, though; think healthy fats, plenty of vitamins and even a spoonful of yoghurt.
Consider adding these stress-busting foods to your weekly meal plan or grocery shopping list, which we’ve compiled below, along with easy recipes to try: