“Mental Health” seems to be a key buzz word these days. Ever since mid-March, there has been a big concern that one of the many things the pandemic has affected has been mental health.
I think people have a general idea of what mental health is, but I wanted to look up a definition for it just to be clear. Here is one that I found that I think summarizes it pretty well:
“Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Ok, after re-reading that maybe it is a little broad, so I will add this as well – “Peak mental health is about not only avoiding active conditions but also looking after ongoing wellness and happiness.”
What can cause mental health disorders? Many different factors, but here are a few:
- Socioeconomic conditions, such as whether work is available (such as the Covid shutdown)
- A person’s level of social involvement
- Gender, age, or ethnicity
The most common mental health disorders are:
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders
- Schizophrenia disorders
What has been known to really help with mental health disorders is fitness and nutrition.
Exercise has been shown to really help with depression. It releases neurotransmitters that help improve your mood. Thus reducing depression and anxiety levels. Any type of exercise might work – strength training, cardio, yoga, a Zumba class.
Good nutrition also helps improve your mental health. Studies have shown that foods high in Omega 3’s help with overall brain health. Fish and nuts are a couple good examples of Omega 3’s.
Basically, you put bad fuel in your car and it doesn’t run properly. Same thing here. You put the right foods in your body and you feel a whole lot better about yourself.
Your typical Western diet leads to higher depression where research shows that a traditional Japanese or Mediterranean diet can reduce chances of developing depression by 30%.
These same principles can be applied during this Covid time. It is so important to keep your activity level up and continue to eat right so that you can maintain good mental health.
Even doing just a little bit of fitness daily is a start. At the beginning of the day would be ideal. To get the day started off right. A natural remedy for this serious issue.