Occasional stress is common in everyday life, however, getting stressed often can be damaging for your health. An extreme amount of stress can not only increase your risk for heart disease and cause problems with your sleep, but it can also have a negative impact on your symptoms. In fact, stress may trigger flare ups.1,2

Eating well to help manage stress3

Believe it or not, the food that you eat could have an impact on your level of stress. When you are stressed, your body may require higher amounts of certain nutrients such as vitamin C and magnesium. There is evidence to suggest that over time the amount of nutrients that you take in can affect your mood and emotions. The level of ‘good’ bacteria that live in your gut can also influence your stress level and could impact your psychological health. There are certain foods that may help manage stress if incorporated into a diet in moderation. Below is a list:3

  • Whole grains
  • Avocados
  • Oily fish
  • Warm milk
  • Almonds, pistachios and walnuts
  • Probiotic yoghurt

Remember that before changing your diet, you should consult your doctor to make sure you are making the right choices to support your health.

10 methods to help relieve stress2,4

How we think matters

Your thoughts can affect the way you feel mentally and physically.5 Negative thoughts can worsen pain and fatigue and negatively affect the immune system. On the other hand, positive thoughts may help to boost mood and relieve stress and pain. Watching a funny television show, talking to a friend or listening to some happy music are just some simple ways you could boost your mood.5

Always speak to your healthcare professional before making changes to your health or exercise routine.

If you are looking for other ways of dealing with stress, take a look at the Communicating and getting support page on this website. Alternatively, if you are finding yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed often, speak to your doctor, they will have some options to help you.


The AbbVie Care Health Coach team can provide information on how to help lead a healthier lifestyle with some easy-to-follow, realistic steps combined with your RINVOQ treatment.

The Health Coaching service offered through AbbVie Care is general in nature and is in addition to the support and advice available from your healthcare team. You should always speak to your doctor for specific advice or if you have any questions about your health and treatment.

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