To boost your mental health and wellbeing, here are few ideas to tweak your lifestyle:
Not sure exactly why, but exercise is very effective at boosting mood. Take every opportunity to swim, go for a jog/run, power walk, yoga, Pilates or play squash or tennis. It’s not so much what you do but that fact you are doing something. NHS research shows that the people who exercise regularly and eat a healthy balanced diet are 30% less likely to feel depressed.
Food has the power to positively affect our mood, so fill up on lean protein and foods that realease their energy slowly. Foods such as porridge oats, wholegrains, nuts and seeds are good examples of slow-releasing energy food types. Eating little and often helps to keep blood sugar levels stable which in turn helps to keep your mood elevated. Decrease the amount of alcohol and caffeine intake, as both can make you feel anxious and depressed after the initial buzz wears off.