Did you know that May is National Mental Health Awareness month? This is the perfect opportunity to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and encouraging others around you to do the same!
There's no question that life can be stressful, overwhelming, disappointing, and sometimes lonely. All of this takes a big toll on our mental health. When we feel this way, it's hard to know the best way to deal with our emotions.
Your brain is in charge of your emotions, and those emotions are there to put you back on track. One of the brain's most important jobs is to keep us safe by helping us remember those things that make us feel good and those things that make us feel bad. Our emotions are there to put us BACK in balance when something knocks us out of balance. Things happen to us every day that make us feel different ways. Some things are nice and some things are problems that must be solved. How about when something you had planned didn't go the way you were hoping? That can make some people feel bad or even angry. That anger and frustration forces your attention on solving that problem.
Nutrients for Mental Health
There are lots of things you can do to better your mental health, and one of them is nutrition. Healthy food promotes good moods and overall well-being. It is scientifically shown that people who are healthy tend to be happier! Everyone needs nutrients to survive and thrive, and there are different types of nutrients for different parts of your body.
When it comes to mental health, it’s important to think about the health of your brain. So what nutrients are important for brain health? Foods with antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein are essential to keep your brain strong and running smoothly. Watch our Healthy Brain Burrito | Snack Science video to make an amazing snack that will keep your brain healthy and strong!
Aside from food, our brains also need water! Water is an amazing nutrient for your body because it hydrates your cells. When your cells are hydrated, your body can carry out all the tasks it needs do to keep you healthy and strong. Healthy eating and drinking is the first step to making sure that your brain and body are being taken care of. When your body feels good, your brain can feel good too!
Physical Activity for Mental Health
Moving your body is great for your mental health too! Exercising gets your blood flowing to your brain and can help improve your mood. As you exercise, dopamine and endorphins are released from your brain. Dopamine and endorphins are chemicals that make you feel happy. So, as you exercise and these chemicals are released, you tend to feel happy afterwards!
Also, physical activity makes you breathe heavily, and all that breathing brings in large amounts of oxygen! Oxygen is a very important resource for your brain and you need lots of it to take care of your brain. In fact, your brain can only go a few seconds without it, so getting enough is very important and exercising is an easy way to do that! Look for small ways to add a little physical activity to your day, like taking the stairs or going on a short walk.
6 Self-Care Tips
In addition to eating healthy foods and moving your body, here's a few more ways to care for yourself and improve your mental health!