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Friday 20 October 2017

Looking after your mental health so important

Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health
Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health

Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Do you look after your mental health? It's just as important as looking after your physical health. If you had a pain you would do something about it, yet many people live with anxiety. Here are some things to help ease anxiety and to improve your mental health.

Talking is the first step. A problem shared is a problem halved. You could talk to friends, family or work mates, talk to someone you know and trust. Talk to your doctor. Or you could consider counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behaviour therapy. Talking helps, it's good to talk.

There are natural solutions that can help. Like I said, it starts with talking. The next thing to look at is diet. This is extremely important. It should have plenty of nourishing healthy fresh food that is not overly processed. Stimulants like caffeine, fizzy drinks, alcohol and too much sugar can all have a negative effect on your mood. Try it-eat a healthier diet for a couple of days. See if you feel any different. A healthy diet makes sense because if you want to operate optimally then you need the correct fuel. A healthy diet is a great starting point.

Sleep is crucial for but of course many people cannot sleep during times of anxiety. Exercise is important, but it's often the last thing that you want to do. Stress is crippling and while you may not be able to escape the stressor you might be able to find a way to deal with it. A few minutes of meditation, mindfulness or relaxation may help.

Supplements that can help include Omega 3 fish oils and Vitamin D, as deficiencies of these nutrients are associated with low mood. Higher Nature Balance for Nerves is a combination remedy that helps with anxiety, both for adults and children from age seven. I have had excellent feedback from customers who used it. Bach flower essences can also help. Magnesium is useful to relieve tension and to aid sleep. A Vogel Passiflora is herbal combination that helps both anxiety and stress especially around the menopause.

These are by no means the only remedies that you can try. There are many herbs, supplements and homoeopathic remedies as well as qualified therapists who can help you. So please, don't suffer in silence. Talk to someone today.

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