Worrying about what to eat and what not to eat has become such a common experience, to the point where food no longer fills you with joy. When you’re stressing about how certain foods might make you feel or look, meal times become such a challenge.
Depression is a bit of a mystery for people who’ve never suffered from it. And no doubt it’s this lack of understanding that keeps a lot of misconceptions about depression alive. Let’s debunk 10 of those!
If you want to have a more balanced day and cope better with the daily stressors in your life, look at how you start your day. Creating some kind of morning routine for yourself can bring in more calm, joy and intention to your day. Here are ideas on how to start from scratch, taking symptoms of depression into consideration!
Valentine’s Day. Such a tricky day for many of us, for many different reasons. Whether you’re single or not, or struggling with your mood and mental health or not, Valentine’s Day can be difficult. Here’s why it generally upsets us and ideas on how to best navigate throughout the day.
Have you heard of the term functional medicine but you’re not quite sure what it means? This post will give you an introduction to it, and explain why this approach might be so helpful for depression
Do you feel that your life has direction and meaning? Is there something you feel driven to do in this world? Beneath all of our conditioning, and “taming” throughout our upbringing? In this post I talk about the importance of meaning and purpose in our lives. I delve into Johann Hari’s theory of disconnection from work as a potential root cause of depression, and I also share useful questions to ask yourself to help clarify your purpose and meaning in life.
As the journalist Johann Hari said: If you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, you’re not a machine with broken parts. You are a human with unmet needs. In this episode on The Better Mental Health Podcast, I dive into this idea from a lifestyle perspective.
Early motherhood is a very special time, and yet also incredibly challenging too. If you are struggling with low mood and find yourself crying all the time, here are some of the reasons why this might be so. Plus tips on what to try.
Depression is a complex and multi-factorial illness with many potential causes. In this episode, I dive into some of the main ideas of the potential physical root causes of this unfortunately now very common mental illness.
Listen to this episode if you want to learn more about functional medicine and how it differs from the more conventional approach to health and illness, and what might be going on within the body of someone suffering from depression.
If you are struggling with low mood then make sure not to miss this episode.
In this episode I share what I believe to be the 10 biggest myths about depression. But this episode isn’t just for people who have never suffered from depression themselves, and who want to better understand what it can feel like. It is also for those who are currently struggling with their mental health and who might be thinking that they’re weak, that something is fundamentally wrong with them, or that they’ll always suffer from depression.
So let’s debunk those myths!
In this first ever episode on The Better Mental Health Podcast, I give you an overview of what this podcast is all about. You’ll hear what future topics will cover and a little bit about who I am and what I do.
And then I also share my own story of suffering from depression in my early twenties with you. More importantly, I share how I managed to overcome depression and gradually return to better mental health again.
We need a change in our thinking: Instead of eradicating illness, we need to support wellness. If you want to improve your mental and physical health, you need to look at supporting both body and mind, and move away from a focus on symptoms and conditions. Here’s why.
Life keeps throwing challenges at us and sometimes they’re really hard. In this post, I dive into growing resilience. I talk about the way our brains scan for danger, and how to grow your inner resources so that you become a stronger and more resilient person.
Welcome to the blog
I’m Claudia Smith, a qualified nutritional therapist, functional medicine practitioner and coach specialising in depression. This is where I share my thoughts and advice on natural and holistic approaches to overcoming depression.