Stress and anxiety can really do a number on a person's stomach. Have you considered trying yoga ? Yoga has many deep breathing techniques that can help calm your nervous system. I find the techniques I learned to be very helpful in stressful times. So, you might want to consider taking a yoga class with an instructor. Many good ones incorporate different breathing techniques into their class. Also, being in a difficult pose is all about learning to calm your nervous system. a good yoga class could be very helpful to you.
Mostly, I know you're stressed out about grad school, but what happens when you're accepted ? You're going to have to learn to deal and cope with these kinds of stresses life tosses at you. Because the more stressed out you become, the more likely you'll make mistakes.
I'm also a big believer in walking not just for its cardiovascular benefits. I find a walk in the fresh air really helps clear out the mind's cob webs.
try yoga, it's not just for flexibility.
As far as eating, if you're looking for healthy ways to increase your caloric intake during these high stress times, consider snacking on nuts. Almonds, walnuts, etc... are all high in a healthy fat that's good for your heart. If you don't like chomping on nuts, try a piece of whole wheat toast or rye with some almond butter. Almond butter is very rich, so you don't need a lot to get full quickly. You may even want to make yourself some refreshing fruit smoothies to drink too.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 3/17/2012 (16:34)