Taking care of yourself
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Low self-esteem can be the root cause of some mental health problems and can cause a vicious circle. You feel bad about yourself, so you get depressed, which makes you feel even worse about yourself, which makes you more depressed and it can be difficult to break that cycle. Positive thinking and boosting self-esteem through eating a balanced diet and exercise will improve emotional wellbeing.
Several studies have found that mental health disorders such as ADD, Depression, Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia are clearly linked to a rise in “Junk Food” intake and the lack of essential vitamins and minerals. The evidence linking poor diets to behavioural and mood-related problems is growing quickly and constantly. But by making simple changes to your daily routine can make a real difference to your mental health.
Eating a good nutrition diet is not only good for your body but also good for your mind. There is increasing evidence to suggest a link of what we eat and how we are feeling.
How food effects your mood?
Glucose from carbohydrate containing food we eat provides our brain with fuel. Some carbs are good whereas some are bad. Sugar, biscuits white pasta will give you short burst of energy, once it wears off you will feel lethargic and bad mood. Whereas food with good carbohydrates such as whole grains and vegetables provide slow releasing energy for good feeling and mood.
Protein can be found in foods like meat, fish and soya products which are vital to good mental health, not having a balanced amount of protein can leave us feelings of depressed, with a lack of motivation and tension.
Good fats which contain Omega 3 can be found in nuts and seeds and oily fish. A lack of omega-3 fatty acids has been linked to various mental health problems.
Rules for eating:
EXERCISE AND MENTAL HEALTH
Most of us find it hard to motivate ourselves to exercise at the best of times. When we feel depressed, anxious, stressed or have other mental or emotional problems, it can be twice as difficult. Even though exercise will make you feel better, but depression has deprived you of the energy and motivation you need to exercise.
But, for a good mental health, you should try to some form of regular exercise at least five days a week.
Moderate exercise could include things like:
How much exercise is enough for me?