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
In our busy lives it’s all too easy to neglect friendships, family and community. In the real world, not just online. And yet, from personal and professional experience I know all too well just how important social connections are for our mental health. This post is a bit of a love letter for them.
If you are struggling with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, but you haven’t yet heard about blood sugar balance, then please read this post. Looking at the sugar in your diet and how your body reacts to it so critical for your mood and mental health. The connection is so strong it’s almost hard to believe!
When a new year begins, a lot of us feel the pressure to make this “the best year yet”. But if this pressure of new shiny goals is bringing you down, how can you best approach the new year in a more gentle and sustainable way?
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.
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!
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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.