These are crazy and unprecedented times, and so many of us are struggling with this “new normal” for the next few weeks. Here are some thoughts on how to best survive the lockdown.
These are strange and stressful times. Our daily lives are deeply affected – no matter where you are living on this planet. I’ve asked my online followers how this pandemic is affecting their lives and mental health. Here are their stories plus advice on how to look after your mental health during this outbreak.
Your diet and supplements are fantastic tools to help you feel better, but those two alone won’t heal you. We need to stop taking a reductionist approach. Here’s why.
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!
In this episode I am talking to Kelsey Mech, a Canada based clinical counsellor specialising in anxiety and trauma. We talk about her journey of
The effect of poor blood sugar regulation on your mood and mental health is just incredible. Make sure to listen to this episode to understand how to balance your blood sugar levels for better mental health – and it’s not just about the sugar in your diet!
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!
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.