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A Balanced, Healthy Lifestyle

Louise Harris - Sunday, June 05, 2016

Are you leading a healthy lifestyle?


How we eat, what we do and how we think has a massive impact on our physical and mental health. We’ve talked on our blog before about how things such as exercise and sleep can cause you many problems, but what about healthy eating? And how do all of these fit together to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle?

Eating Healthily: What are the benefits?

Diet actually plays a big role in relation to our mental health and wellbeing so remember: when you’re feeding your body, you’re feeding your mind too! Recent research has found that over 60% of those who do not report daily mental health problems eat fresh fruit or vegetables, salad or fruit juice everyday. Those who report some level of mental health problems eat fewer healthy foods and more unhealthy foods such as ready meals and takeaways. By including complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water in our diet, we can protect our feelings of wellbeing and enhance our mood.


How does a healthy lifestyle affect mental health and wellbeing?

Healthy eating, a good sleep schedule and regular exercise can help to boost your mental health and wellbeing. Alongside treatments recommended by your doctor, they can help to create a positive mood as well as helping your body stay fit and healthy. Sometimes it's hard to be healthy all the time, and that's okay. Nobody's perfect! By applying small changes to your diet, exercise routine and sleep schedule you can start to boost your mood for the better and move toward a happier, healthier you. 

What if a healthy lifestyle doesn't help my mental health and wellbeing?

If you are struggling to cope with mental health problems or other issues, and a healthy lifestyle is not helping to overcome these problems, then contact Options today. Our team of fully-trained, professional counselors are on-hand to help discuss a range of issues including:
  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Life Changes
  • Relationships 
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Addictions
    • Alcohol
    • Gambling
    • Eating Disorders
No problem is too small. A healthy lifestyle can help to boost your mental health and wellbeing, but sometimes that is not enough. Don't hesitate: contact Options and make a change today.

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The Options Team.


Source: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/d/diet-and-mental-health


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