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How Does Your Diet Affect Your Mental Health?

Looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health and there are so many things that can impact it. One of the biggest causes is stress and we’re constantly being warned about how important it is to maintain a good work-life balance and take regular breaks. Exercise is important as well because it helps you to beat that stress. But stress isn’t the only thing that can increase your chances of developing mental health issues. Your diet has a big impact on your physical health but it can also change your mental state as well which is why it’s important that you keep an eye on it. Follow these diet tips to improve your mental wellbeing. 




Regular Meals

When you’ve got a busy work life, eating three regular meals a day can be difficult, but it’s important. If you’re not eating regularly, you’ll start to feel tired, run down and irritable which can all contribute to general low feelings. If you’re just snacking throughout the day, you’re also more likely to eat junk food or not eat enough, which will both leave you with no energy or motivation to do anything. If you do have a mental health issue, you’re likely to experience changes in your appetite but it’s important that you don’t start eating too much or too little. Having a regular meal schedule will help you to avoid this. Visit truhealthmedicine.com for more information on the benefits of eating regular meals.

Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol is one of the worst things for people that have mental health issues. Excessive drinking can increase feelings of anxiety and depression, but they can also be a symptom. People often turn to drinking to curb bad feelings or relax when they’re stressed, but drinking will only make those feelings worse and you’ll end up drinking even more. If you’re worried that your drinking has become an issue, visit CanadianHealthRecoveryCentre.ca for information on recovery centres that can help you get it under control. It’s important that you tackle the problem before it spirals out of control, otherwise, it’ll be difficult to stop.

Caffeine

Most of us have a cup of tea or coffee in the morning but if you’re worried about mental health issues, you should limit it to just that. Caffeine massively increases feelings of anxiety if you’re consuming a lot. This becomes a problem if mental health issues are already sapping motivation and you’re trying to energise yourself with coffee. It’s much better to switch to something like green tea which doesn’t have the high levels of caffeine that you find in coffee.

Nutrition

Your body needs vitamins and minerals to run properly and if it doesn’t get them, you’ll soon feel tired and lose all motivation. Getting out and staying active is the key to reducing the chances of mental illness. If you’re just eating a lot of high carb foods that don’t have much nutritional value, you’ll feel run down all the time and be more likely to feel low. Make sure that you’re always eating freshly prepared meals and swap out your unhealthy snacks for fruit.

Your diet is one of the most important things when you’re trying to combat mental health issues so always be mindful of it.


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