Eat....Live....ConnectDid you know that there are foods that can help with having a stress-free mood? Here are some examples :
Non-fat milk - Milkcontains tryptophan, the amino acid that helps produce "feel-good" serotonin, plus the natural carbohydrate that helps it move into your brain.
Anything real this means plant broccoli (not broccoli and cheese sauces) and sweet potatoes (not fries). Real food provides the nutrients your brain needs to stay in a positive mood.
Healthy fats Olive oil, olives, avocados, nuts and seeds are all excellent substitutes for the fats found in processed foods. They'll help keep both your mind and body in tip-top health.
Carbohydrates If you're feeling grumpy in the afternoon, eat only carbs. For example, rice crackers, pretzels, popcorn or an English muffin with jam will help. However, having protein with your snack will block serotonin, that chemical that improves your mood.
Living means being grateful for everything that you have, be it family or friends. However, there are many simple things that we can be thankful for that we take for granted that helps us have a stress free life. Such things are: indoor plumbing (YES!), jokes, anesthesia when surgery is needed, democracy, air conditioning and furnaces, telephones to keep in contact with loved ones, time, vehicles, attending any church that you want to attend, freedom, shoes and clothing, and the list could go on forever. Be thankful for all that you have, even the things you take for granted daily.
Connecting with friends can make all the difference in your mood. Positive, healthy relationships that make you feel safe and supported are one of the most powerful things that can influence depression. Learn how to find those relationships that are positive and bring them into your life to help nurture you during those days of feeling down. Identify those relationships which only bring harm or stress and stay away from those.
Inspiration for daily physical and mental health is needed by all of us. Learn to reach to someone for support and to be there for those that might need your support. Maintaining a healthy life will make each day better for you!
For more information you may contact the National Mental Health America Office at 1-800-969-6642 or log onto www.nmha.org.