Part 2

There are steps you can take and changes you make in your day-to-day life in order to help cope better with mental health struggles. Considering that mental health struggles can lead to physical ailments, it’s no surprise that changing our physical habits can benefit our mental health. 

Eating healthy foods

An essential component of maintaining good wellness is drinking water regularly and eating a healthy and varied diet. Eating a combination of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, fatty acids, and leafy greens can be beneficial for your overall health and mental wellbeing. 

Foods high in nutrition include spinach, bananas, avocados, dark chocolate, yoghurt, whole grains, and nuts and seeds. Avoiding excessive sugar, caffeine, and alcohol can also be beneficial.

Physical activity

Physical activity is a great way to boost serotonin levels in the body, and there’s something for everyone. Simply taking a walk outside or going for a bike ride can help with our mental wellness. Other options include yoga or pilates, and one of the great benefits of these is that you can do them from either the comfort of your home or as part of a class. You could also join a local gym, team, or sports centre.

Spending time outdoors

This one goes hand-in-hand with physical activity. Spending time in the fresh air, and particularly in nature, can be a wonderful way to clear the mind.  

Connecting with close friends/family

When our mental health is suffering, it can be easy to withdraw from friends and family and many people experience social anxiety. However, it is important to know that you are not alone, and spending time with loved ones can be a great distraction from how you are feeling.

Sticking to a routine

Setting a routine for yourself can help with sleeping and eating troubles that come with mental health struggles. Try to wake up and go to sleep at a regular time, and avoid spending too much time on a screen before bed. Figure out what eating and exercise habits work best for you, and try to incorporate them into your routine.