Natural ways to improve your mental health
First things first, it is MORE than okay to need medical intervention when dealing with mental health issues. However, there are also natural methods we can use to help improve our mood, reduce stress, and improve anxiety.
Sometimes trialing these natural interventions are enough to help alleviate some of the symptoms of stress and depression/anxiety, however you may need to use these methods in conjunction with medication and/or psychological support such as therapy. If you are struggling with your mental health, please know that it’s okay to ask for help, and you are not alone.
So, whether you’re experiencing a diagnosed mental health condition or are just feeling a little ‘meh’ - here are some natural ways you can improve your mental and physical well being.
If you are stressed:
- Try decreasing your training volume
- Schedule time in your day for a walk (ideally outdoors)
- Eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, as these help reduce inflammation (eg. salmon, avocado, olive oil)
- Set aside 10 minutes for a guided meditation (I love the Headspace app for this)
- Establish a wind-down routine before bed
If you are anxious:
- Try journaling (you can Google some journal prompts for anxiety if you feel stuck)
- Schedule in some alone time, or time with a trusted loved-one
- Limit your caffeine intake
- Decrease your screen time
- Try some deep breathing exercises
- Eat some eggs (they are rich in choline, a natural mood-boosting nutrient)
If you are feeling run-down or sick:
- Get some natural sunlight
- Boost your vitamin C intake, either through a supplement or natural sources such as kiwifruit, strawberries or oranges
- Increase your sleep time (where possible)
- Decrease your training volume, or take a break from it altogether
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please reach out to a medical professional or trusted loved one for support. You can also access free mental health support resources through the Beyond Blue website here: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/