University of Illinois Extension

HOT Project: Healthy Outcomes for Teens

Stress and a Healthy Lifestyle

When you are studying for your exams, do you find yourself reaching for that bag of chips? Our eating habits may change due to stress, which can impact your diet. Many people are more likely to choose fast foods during stressful times than a well-balanced diet. That can lead to poor nutrition.

People may also turn to caffeine to keep energy levels up. It is important to know excess caffeine can contribute to poor sleep and may add to the feelings of stress. Therefore, it is important to be aware of what you’re eating and how much you eat when stressed.

Food can be comforting. Choose any of the following foods you think of as "comfort foods."

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