Myths, they have a way of keeping us from the truth and leading us down a path of destruction. Learning the truth can not only be eye-opening but it is the best way to set us straight. So just like with anything, there are some common myths about stress that have caused many of us to get a misconception of how we should deal with our stress. But now it is time to change our perspective on stress by reading this contributed post to learn the truth behind these myths.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard a lot about how our diet can affect our mental health. There are lots of articles that look at different foods that are said to improve our moods. As well as this, there is also a lot of media that focuses on how our diets can help to beat stress. There is so much content about this online, that it can be difficult to separate the fact from the fiction. Are you struggling to figure out which pieces of advice are worth following and which are merely myths? There’s no need to worry because in this blog post I’ve debugged some of the myths and reinforced which tips you really can use to improve your diet.

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Myth: Comfort Food Improves Moods

We’ve all been there before; we get home after a very stressful day in the office and cook a large dish of mac ‘n’ cheese or order a huge pizza. This might make you feel happier in the short term, but it won’t do your moods much good in the long term. However, you might read online that this type of eating – known as emotional eating or eating comfort food – can help reduce stress. That’s not the case. In fact, it could make your moods worse as you might feel guilty about eating the unhealthy food.

True: Dietary Supplements Can Help

There is also a range of articles about various dietary supplements, like Vitamin B, Tribulus Terrestris, and zinc. Most of these supplements have a range of health benefits, such as improving muscle mass and strengthening the immune system. Some even claim to be natural mood boosters. As a matter of fact, this is one piece of advice that is spot on. It really is worth taking some daily dietary supplements as they can help reduce depression and stress when taken alongside a healthy diet.

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True: Some Fats Can Help

For a long time now, fat has been given a bad reputation. It was seen as the main reason why people put on weight, so those who wanted to try and lose a few extra pounds were told to stay away from it. However, it’s not quite as simple as that. In fact, there are some healthy fats that our bodies need, and these have been shown to help boost our mental health and fight stress. These healthy fats can be found in oily fish, avocados, nuts, and legumes.

Myth: Changing Your Diet Is All You Need To Do

Unfortunately, changing your diet isn’t the only thing you need to do to fight stress. You will find that you notice the effects more when you combine it with other methods of stress-busting, such as regular exercise and practicing mindfulness. Simply put, the more you do, the better equipped you will be to fight stress.

Once you know which pieces of advice are worth following, you will be able to deal a lot more effectively with the symptoms and causes of stress.


Our diet is one of the most important impacts on our health and is important to how well our body is able to fight against stress. So what we eat can play a big role in how we feel.

So it isn’t any surprise that it is important to eat a diet full of foods rich in vitamins and minerals to help you not only maintaining a healthy lifestyle but to help you improve your stress levels. We have probably all tried to eat foods to make ourselves feel good but that feeling is only temporary and what we do on a continual basis is what really matters.

Taking supplements is a great way to get certain vitamins that you may not be able to get the recommended daily amount from in your normal diet every day.  Or your doctor may recommend them if you are deficient. Some deficiencies can even cause your chances of stress to increase.

One of my favorite foods, avocados contains potassium which lowers your blood pressure and helps you reduce stress. Fish, like salmon and halibut, contains omega 3 fatty acids which your body needs to function. So there are many foods which contain good fats that important to your bodies function. 

There is a way to help reduce your stress levels by improving your diet that doesn’t involve all those fad diets or tricky myths. Basically eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vitamins, good fats, taking the right supplements, and getting the right amount of exercise is a sure fire way to beat those stress levels without any tricks.

Were you aware of these myths and truths before this post? Is there a myth not on this list?

I would love to hear about it below!

12 thoughts on “Common Myths About Stress – And Their Truths”

  1. Really didn’t know stress can come from the food you eat.. thanks ..really got watch what I eat now

  2. I can totally see the fact that ordering a large pizza could make you feel worse in the long run. Mainly because you feel the guilt afterward! But I feel like it should be OK every now and then right, under the right circumstances?

    And I wish fats weren’t so misunderstood- there are so many healthy fats to consume. Thanks for this post!

    1. Hi Gabriella,
      I think ordering a pizza in moderation under the right circumstances is fine. Like a family night for instance. If you order it to make yourself feel better it won’t. Just like eating ice cream after stress. Food shouldn’t be used for comfort. And yes there are some great fats that sadly get misunderstood. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Wow, this is such an amazing article. I agree with you 100% that healthy food does help in reducing stress and same as with hydration, dehydrated body get more depression than a normal person. I really love each and every point you have mentioned and as always, this article is also great and worth sharing with others. Thank you so much, Melissa, for all informative reads you have shared with us and I am really looking forward to more.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I am glad you have found the article useful. Our health always ties back to our diet which seems like something so simple to change but we can make it difficult with our own temptations. Thanks for the comment!

  4. This article is truly true because I definitely was a victim of the whole comfort food thing a few years back. I gained about 30-40 extra pounds, and I was not lifting weights – well, that’s all because I would begin eating first thing in the morning and snack on every single thing in sight throughout the entire day.

    Actually, as soon as I changed my diet everything began improving including my mental and physical health.

    Thanks for a great article!

    1. Hi Michael,
      Your story is amazing and it shows how stress eating can affect our health. Your diet can affect your mood, energy, and your health. I guess you are what you eat.

  5. You always provide great and useful information, Melissa. I wish I could do that. 🙂 It seems clear and easy in a good way and everybody could understand what you want to say. I know how important is a diet for stress relief, but we need to keep in mind other ways to relieve stress and combine them with healthy foods rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s great that you reminded us that we need to include healthy fats like avocado or nuts in our diet. I love avocados too, and I want to eat more nuts, but we need to be careful with that.
    Comfort food can destroy our health and make our stress even worse.
    It looks like I knew about these common myths about stress, but we always need a reminder. You are doing a great job, Melissa.
    Best wishes!

    1. Thank you very much for the kind words Linda! The information you provide in your comments is just as useful and beneficial to me as well. We all learn from each other. Thank you and thanks for your comment!

  6. Melissa, what a fantastic article. Thank you for addressing the long-held misconception that food alone, especially “comfort food,” can effectively deal with stress. I agree. A more holistic approach is best, and it is certainly what I share with my clients. Just curious: what do you think the foundation is for eliminating stress? I’d love to get a conversation going about this topic. Thanks, again!

    1. Hi Eric,
      I also am one for more of a holistic approach. I feel this way if you don’t have to take meds then don’t. As far as eliminating stress, I don’t think that may ALWAYS be possible but when it is I am all for it. For instance, some of us work in a stressful job, like the medical fields, but quitting that job isn’t best because you are doing something for the greater good of mankind. So what is best would be finding ways to help relieve your stress so that it doesn’t cause you unnecessary health issues. Like meditation, yoga, walks in the parks, things of that sort.

      For others who have an unnecessary stressor, like negative friends or bad relationships that cause you anguish and stress those you can and should eliminate. You can’t change certain things, like peoples behaviors or obstacles in life. So for the things you can’t change you learn to accept and practice self-control. For the things you can change, you eliminate to help alleviate.

      What do you think?

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