When most people think about stress relief the first words they say are “I need a holiday or vacation.” Unfortunately, we cannot all get away just because our life is difficult.  We all have pressure and demands in our daily lives from work, family, any relationships we may be in, and for most individuals the lack of money.  Coupled with the digital age, stress relief is not easy to achieve.  Obviously, for many individuals, exercise is one of the best ways to help us calm down and feel stress relief.  Others, sadly, turn to alcohol and even smoking to try to “calm their nerves.”  It doesn’t really help and actually hinders your health and overall well-being.  There is good news, though, there are foods than help give you stress relief.  Here are just a few.  Good old fashioned oatmeal is a great way to start your day and gives you a sustained supply of serotonin for a calm and soothing result.  If you dislike oatmeal in cereal form, try homemade granola.  It’s easy to make and you can add your choice of fruits.  Nuts should be added whenever you have a serving as they tend to go stale otherwise. If you include almonds in that mix, you will find that they have the vitamins involved in the production of serotonin.  Another great breakfast food are blueberries.  They are full of antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress within your body.  They not only provide Vitamin C, but are low on the glycemic index. They are a terrific snack anytime!  Try it with a little yogurt.  If you are thinking that bananas are your best choice for natural potassium, you would be wrong.  Avocados have a higher content and have been shown to help reduce stress related high blood pressure.  When lunch or dinner roll around, consider turkey or salmon.  Both contain nutrients that contribute to stress relief.  Turkey is full of an amino acid, L-Trytophan, which helps release serotonin giving you that relaxed feeling.  Think about it.  Do you want a nap after a turnkey holiday dinner?  The salmon has the important omega-3 fatty acids which also generate a positive effect on stress levels.  In an Ohio State University study, it was demonstrated that the omega-3 fatty acids decreased anxiety by 20%. Last in this group today, get your greens with your meals.  Broccoli is an excellent choice as it contains folic acid which, in various studies, has shown to assist in reducing stress, anxiety, panic, and depression.  In the Good Gus series, stress relief was needed but since their diets consisted of many of these foods, it wasn’t as large a problem as it is today.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If it’s stress relief you are seeking, a good book, “Misplaced Trust” is the answer.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.