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5 Ways To Bust the Blues

Posted on 8 October, 2017 at 5:40



HEALTHLY MIND, BODY & SOUL

5 Ways to Bust the Blues

Exercise

Movement releases those natural ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins and serotonin.

Exercising gets you out of isolation. If you join an exercise group you get to meet others.

Feelings of anxiety can be relieved through getting out and exercising.

All the above can lead to an improvement in mood therefore, you sleep better.

You don’t have to spend hours and hours exercising as a good 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days will improve your mind, body and soul.

Drugs & Alcohol

If I had a dollar for all the people who come to me with a drug or alcohol addiction and tell me they are suffering from anxiety and/or depression, I would be a very wealthy man.

Alcohol is a depressant. Moderate to heavy drinking can lead to depression. Cannabis is a depressant too. People I see, say they use cannabis to get ‘high’ and/or have ‘fun.’ Then it silently takes over their lives and they become depressed without realising it. As is with any other drug that is abused.

Sleep

The vital ingredient to a healthy mind, body and soul. We have all experiences disrupted sleep in some stages of our lives and know its impact. Disturbed sleep over a long period of time can disrupt the chemicals in your brain which may lead to depression. Sleep apnoea, is linked to depression as well. It is important to seek help if you are having prolonged insomnia.

 

Pets

It is now recognised that having a pet helps people who suffer from anxiety or depression. Patting a pet can ease stress and reduce blood pressure. Having a dog is a great motivator to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

Healthy Foods


We are learning more and more about which foods provide us with the best nutrition to keep our mind, body and soul in peak condition.

Numerous studies have shown diets high in junk foods, processed meats, and sugary, refined foods can play an important part in the onset of depression and anxiety, and its severity and duration.

For instance, our brains need an adequate intake of nutrients, such as omega-3’s, amino acids, B vitamins, especially B12 folate, vitamin D and minerals like zinc, magnesium and iron.

Magnesium is great for busting anxiety and can be found in leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, almonds and natural yoghurt.

 

 

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