We are what we eat

Diet and physical exercise are both vital for mental health. We really are what we eat. Caffeine, sugar and fats can play havoc on our bodies and affect our well-being, so think carefully about what you’re eating. If you are having persistent problems then a food sensitivity test might be a good idea, and an experienced nutritionist may be able to help. You may find that some foods are not being processed effectively, which can cause you to feel both mentally and physically out of balance. Wheat, yeast, dairy and sugar are the usual culprits. Try eliminating these from your diet one at a time over the course of a week to check how your body reacts to these foods. Be sure to include plenty of fresh greens, nuts, seeds and protein to help keep your body healthy whilst eliminating toxins.

Introducing regular, gentle exercise is another important step towards a happier, healthier mind. Aerobic exercise releases feel-good hormones – known as endorphins – which leave you feeling much brighter after a burst of activity. Be aware that the information we feed ourselves with affects us too – if you can, control the amount of time you consume the newspaper and news programs. Choose to read something inspirational or watch an uplifting film as well.

Meditation can be very beneficial in ensuring good mental health and you may find that regular practice helps to improve concentration and memory. Your general mood should lift, sleep will be deeper and more regular and problems will seem less insurmountable.