Can the candy and bin the biscuits â€“ when deadlines loom and you need a comforting crunch, there are healthy options to help you de-stress. Here are Great Eastern Lifeâ€™s top five contenders.
Make sure you opt for dark chocolate (one with 70% cocoa solids or above), which is the lowest in sugar. Dark chocolate contains more flavonoids (an important antioxidant for preventing diseases) than five apples.
A 2.5cm square is all you need to sate the appetite and put you in a better frame of mind. This sweet treat also contains phenylethylamine, a compound similar to endorphins â€“ that can put you in a happier mood.
Vegetables and dip
Instead of chips and a full fat dip, reach for crunchy cruditÃ©s like broccoli, carrots, celery and peppers.
Broccoli alone is brimming with B vitamins, including folic acid, which helps relieve stress, panic and anxiety.
Add a handful of chopped mint to natural yogurt for a fresh dipping sauce. Or combine a chopped chilli with chopped tomatoes and onions, a handful of chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime for a spicy salsa.
The act of crunching through this healthy snack may also help put paid to any pent up pressure!
When youâ€™re stressed, your adrenal glands produce cortisol, which adversely affects the immune system. The vitamin C in oranges has been found to restore cortisol levels to normal and even the smell of its citrus zest will give you a lift.
Eating oranges at work might also help you with your performance. Research has shown that people who took 1000mg of vitamin C before making a speech had lower levels of cortisol than those who didnâ€™t.
The tryptophan in turkey gives a calming effect, which makes it a good snack for stressful times.
Pair it with crunchy lettuce, slices of green apple and a handful of walnuts for a satisfying snack. If youâ€™re vegetarian, a portion of edamame beans will have the same effect.
Easy to eat and instantly satisfying, bananas are a good source of potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure, which can rise in times of stress. This is an ideal snack at any time of the day â€“ to keep stress at bay.
Even better, slice a banana and freeze it overnight for a delicious and healthy alternative to ice cream.
Always pick a snack that will fill you up â€“ like half an avocado or a handful of nuts. As Dr Drew Ramsay, an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and author of The Happiness Diet told The Huffington Post, nothing stresses the brain more than thinking it is running low on nourishment.