- Diet and Nutrition
A healthy diet is the most fundamental thing for maintaining your mental health. Considering that our brain and body function due to the food we ingest, metabolize, and reallocate within ourselves, it makes perfect sense that what we eat also must influence our biochemistry, which is a substantial part of mental health. Well, that doesn’t justify gorging on greasy pizzas because it’s your ‘comfort food’. However, let’s rumble things up in the kitchen. For that continuous, bovine like chewing habits, have dry fruits, oranges, strawberries, grapes and kiwis. Those greens like kale and spinach that makes a retching build up in your gut is rich in Vitamin B6, vital for converting tryptophan into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a primary role in mood, learning, appetite and impulse control. Another way of amping your diet is up is adding a fash of quinoa to that Gram-worthy bowl of salad, as studies have found a flavonoid in quinoa has a significant anti-depressant effect. And probably, indulge in some really tantalizing Dark Chocolate delight for dessert.
‘Exercising and staying fit’ is the most common New Year’s resolution. Surely, how the events that have unfolded were quite unprecedented and there’s much energy spent in gasping at a new development every single day, however maintaining your inner peace and sanity during these tumultuous times is vital. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. Exercising also increases the lungs’ vital capacity and releases endorphins, which keeps your mood great and people wonder if it’s humanly possible to stay chipper without the morning cup of coffee.
The relationship between sleep and mood is complex, because disrupted sleep can lead to emotional changes, clinical depression or anxiety (as well as other psychiatric conditions), but these conditions can also compound or further disrupt sleep. In fact, altered sleep patterns are a hallmark of many mental health issues. If you find yourself sleeping too little or too much on a regular basis, it’s important to bring this up with your doctor so the two of you can look at your total physical and mental health picture and decide if further tests or a treatment plan is necessary. Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling irritable and exhausted in the short-term, but it can also have serious long-term health consequences including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and depression. And someday those healthy sleep habits would would be a golden ticket to Spain’s Siesta Championship.