Supplement Your Mental Health This Mental Health Awareness Week
This May, the Mental Health Foundation are holding another Mental Health Awareness Week, which again promises to be filled with useful and actionable tips for dealing with our mental health. This year, the main theme is body image and the campaign will highlight the importance to mental health of the way we think and feel about our own bodies.
According to the charity, 30% of UK adults have felt so stressed by their appearance that they’ve felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. These body image struggles can have a direct impact on our mental health. Poor mental health can lead to low self-esteem, problems focussing or concentrating at work, issues in our relationships with partners, friends and family, and difficulty leading a fulfilling life.
The Mental Health Foundation aim this year to confront body image and self esteem head on, by promoting a healthy message around how we feel about our bodies. They’ll be hosting talks at schools and highlighting the need to change the way we talk about our bodies, and that of others.
Supporting Our Mental Health
If you feel depressed or anxious, then it’s important that you speak to your GP. But those of us who might feel a bit blue or who struggle with a bit of get up and go could benefit from some mental health boosters.
Mental health charity Mind advise taking up some physical activity to help maintain positive mental health. This doesn’t mean becoming the next Mo Farah. It means finding something that you enjoy and making exercise fun.
For you, this might be jogging, swimming or playing tennis. For others it might mean a dance class or rock climbing. It doesn’t matter, as long as you’re being active and enjoying it! Moving more means more sleep, a happier mood and managing stress better.
The NHS suggest learning a new skill or keeping up social relationships with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to help boost mental health.
Mindfulness practice is also a great skill to learn and there are hundreds of free apps to choose from to help guide you.
Supplements for Mental Health
Supplements can also help support good mental health. Here’s our top three:
Vitamin D – Known as the sunshine vitamin because the body produces it when sunlight hits the skin. But a deficiency of vitamin D (which is very common in UK adults especially during the winter months) is linked with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that results in sadness, fatigue, anxiety, an inability to concentrate and feelings of hopelessness.
Magnesium – Another micronutrient many of us are deficient in, magnesium is crucial for literally hundreds of chemical processes within the cells of our bodies. Taken in the evening, magnesium can help aid restful sleep, a sure-fire way of feeling brighter in the morning!
Evening primrose oil – high in omega 6 fatty acids, evening primrose oil has anti-inflammatory properties which benefit the heart and brain. Many women use this supplement to help control PMT symptoms and menopause-associated mood swings. It helps to regulate the body’s inflammatory response to the fluctuations in hormones during menstruation and the menopause.
Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
Mental Health Awareness Week is being held from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May. If you want to learn more and even get involved, download their free supporter pack.