I’ve just come back from a fascinating two day summit on nutritional psychiatry. Researchers and experienced psychiatrists as well as nutritionists were all sharing key insights on how to support brain and mental health nutritionally. Let me share some of those with you in this post!
I’m about to head off to London for a two day event on Nutritional Psychiatry with international speakers talking about the connection between nutrition and mental health. This post, part one, is all about what nutritional psychiatry is and offers basic recommendations to boost your mood with food.
Depression affects you and your life in so many ways. In a similar way, you need to consider anything and everything in your life that affects your wellbeing to truly get better.
We all want definite answers and easy solutions. But when it comes to mental health, this approach can keep us stuck. The magic bullet solution doesn’t really exist. It’s a whole combination of things that got us ill and that will make us well again.
Yoga is an ancient practice that’s still practised by millions all around the world. It connects body, mind and spirit and is just so helpful when you’re trying to switch off your over-busy mind.
How do we go about changing our lifestyles if we’re looking to feel happier and healthier? Because let’s face it: Making lasting changes is so hard. But did you know that there are defined stages of behaviour change? Knowing what they are can really help you to understand where you are in your own particular health journey and to clearly see the path ahead.
Depression and hope: it’s not the greatest friendship.
So many of these negative thoughts that keep coming uninvited try to convince you that things will never get better for you. That you might as well stop trying because there simply isn’t any hope for you. But you know, there IS hope and there are ways to access that feeling again.
Did you know that eating protein has a direct effect on your mood? Turns out, protein’s building blocks, amino acids, are needed to make those feel-good neurotransmitters that are often low when you’re feeling depressed.
Your basic beliefs about yourself have huge implications for your achievements and success, and adopting a growth mindset can make such a huge difference on your road to recovery from depression.
Exercise can make such a huge difference to your mental health, and can really help to lift your mood. There’s tons of options out there, and lots of helpful tips to start if you’ve never really been much a sporty person before.
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