5 Foods to Help Nurses Reduce Stress


All nurse experiences stress in some way or form while they are at work. The stress may be caused by your heavy workload, or the difficult patients you encounter. Patient’s family members may make demands you cannot fulfill, which simply adds to your stress.

There are lots of coping techniques you can practice to alleviate stress. In addition to those techniques, you can eat certain foods to boost your mood and help get rid of stress.

In this article, I want to look at five common foods you can add to your diet that will enhance your mood, and reduce stress.


Dark chocolate with higher cacao ingredients

Dark Chocolate is a great snack to carry to work, and best consumed when you start feeling tired and irritable. Dark chocolate has a raised intensity of flavonoids that possess soothing features and perk your mood. Cocoa also contains stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine, which may be a key reason it can improve brain function in the short term.

When shopping for dark chocolate, make sure you buy organic chocolate because it is pure and the cacao beans used are pesticide free.


Scrambled eggs

Eggs are rich in tryptophan. They also enclose cholesterol and saturated fat, which are indispensable to balancing of your hormones, and help you maintain high energy levels the whole time.Tryptophan found in eggs simply makes people happier.

The close connection between tryptophan and the neurotransmitter serotonin, the happy hormone, it is no surprise, and eating scrambled eggs for breakfast will improve your mood.



Salmon is rich with Omega-3 that is believed to make us happy and smart.  It raisesserotonin levels in your body. Serotonin also helps in impeding cortisol and adrenaline, the hormones associated with fretfulness. Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin D, which is crucial to maintaining optimal health.


Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are good sources of folic acid which heightens the fabrication of dopamine, a brain chemical that gives rise to happiness. Additionally, these seeds are rich in minerals and essential fatty acids that uphold your brain health. They also possess an excessive amount of tryptophan. Add sunflower seeds to your salad when you are at work.



Avocados are the fat and happy fruit. ‘They contain healthy fats that boost your mood and improve your sense of wellbeing. Avocados provide a source of tryptophan.

Eat a serving of avocado for lunch, and you take in omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 has the benefit of uplifting your mood.


Make Conscious Choices

There are several foods you can choose to eat from while you are at work, but you want to make a conscious choice by looking at food as a health product you are ingesting, which will affect you in one way or other.

Choose foods that will put you in a good and relaxed mood, and make you feel energized while you work.


Posted in : Nursing, Nutrition
About The Author
Joyce Fiodembo is a nurse and author. You can find plenty of resources on her blog; www.internationalnursesupport.com, where she writes to inspire and uplift nurses to thrive. Joyce is the author of “The Foreign Nurses Guide to Settling in America” and “How Nurses Cope with Difficult Coworkers” found on Amazon.com Her other book "Reflections and Prayers for Nurses" can be found on Lulu.com She started her career in Kenya where she worked as a travel, ICU and operating room nurse. Joyce works with nurses who may be struggling with cultural challenges, equipping them to settle down easily. She is also a career counselor, helping nurses with interview skills and resume writing among others. Currently working in Ohio, she enjoys volunteering for mobile clinics abroad. Joyce is passionate about writing and currently has a website with a goal of inspiring nurses worldwide. You can visit her website at www.internationalnursesupport.com
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