Now more than ever, All ages are struggling with Mental Health
The pandemic has led to isolation, loneliness, fear, and lack of empowerment which has led to an increase in those suffering.
This past week was Mental Illness Awareness Week- it should be called mental health awareness week as far as I am concerned but there is still a stigma around this topic and people don’t place as much importance on preventative mental health.
Mental illness is the next pandemic and our system isn’t ready for it nor does it provide proper resources for people suffering or their families.
This week our Better Together as ONE TV show and movement aired a show all about mental health and kids featuring Stephanie Peachey of Peachey Counselling and Family Support out of Burlington Ontario.
You can view our shows on our YouTube channel.
Here are some practical tips and strategies that can help empower people to take action and promote better mental health.
- Nothing is better for stress than a good night’s sleep - shut down screentime 1-2 hours before bed. Stay away from refined sugar before bed, it can spike blood sugar followed by the release of cortisol (stress hormone) and can hijack sleep. Limit caffeine as it impacts nervous system and impact sleep negatively
- Exercise is critical – go for a walk out in nature, yoga etc. You don’t need to go to a gym for an hour. Simple things add up.
- Proper breathing - Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system promoting calmness and brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.
- Tapping is an accessible and evidence informed way to reduce stress and improve mood.
- Aromatherapy with essential oils can be helpful in improving mood.
- Get regular massage therapy treatment to reduce stress, anxiety, pain and to experience the many benefits of the power of touch – massage is also amazing for empowering you to pay attention to your body and be able to react before things go wrong. A lack of control and empowerment leads to depression, anxiety, and increased stress.
- Eat fibre and protein rich foods before bed to help stabilize blood sugar and improve quality of sleep - avoid larger meals as that too hijacks sleep
- Mineral consumption is critical for mood, anxiety and mental health – magnesium impacts hormones and neurotransmitters that calm nerves, reduces muscle tension, reduces muscle spasm, and promotes sleep.
- Healthy fats (Avocado, walnuts, hemp, brown flax seeds organic eggs and wild fresh fatty fish - stabilize blood sugar and emotional wellness.
Spending even a few minutes in meditation everyday can restore your calm and inner peace. You can meditate sitting or lying down, or even 5 minutes at your desk. There are many FREE meditations on YouTube. Dr. Joe Dispenza is one of my favourites.
Dr. Joe Dispenza
When you consume more positive content with podcasts, books, TV etc., this can impact our autonomic nervous system.
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