Certain foods can also help relieve stress in a variety of ways. Healthy comfort foods, like a warm bowl of oatmeal with nuts and berries, for example, boost levels of serotonin, a calming brain chemical. Other foods can cut levels of cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones that take a toll on the body over time.

Healthy, well-balanced meals can also counter the impact of stress by boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure. On Tuesday I'll post an article that lists the top 10 stress-reducing foods!

UPDATE: here's the link to this new article!