Three Key Ingredients to Mental Health

Nutrition: Eating healthy can make a big difference in your mental health. Try to eat fresh foods. Avoid highly processed foods. Make sure to drink plenty of water. I highly recommend talking to your general practitioner about your OCD for any medical concerns that maybe impacting you mental health. Make sure you are still eating plenty too. Some medicine will not work properly if you are malnourished. It is also important to not over eat to cover up emotions. As tempting as it maybe to reach for the candy bar when you’re stressed it is not a good option.

Exercise: I know on days where it’s hard to just get out of bed exercise can be the last thing on your mind. However, like a lot of other things when battling mental health issues you sometimes have to do a few things you don’t really feel like, because in the long run it is all part of how you will get better.  

Sleep: When dealing with OCD, an anxiety disorder, it is common to have problems falling asleep and staying asleep. It is easy to stay up worrying about things, but this rarely helps the situation. A lack of sleep can seriously impact your judgment, decision-making skills, coping skills, and mood along with a lot more. The recommended is 7.5 hours of sleep a night for adults. Things that I have found help me sleep are making a before bedtime routine, avoiding T.V and most electronics at least an hour before bed, setting an alarm (that way you don’t have to be as concerned about waking up to late), and drinking a soothing non-caffeine tea. With all this being said don’t be to hard on yourself. One tiny bump in the road is not a complete failure. Don’t expect you to just jump right into all these healthy habits and be great at it. Set small measurable, reachable, attainable, and time based goals. Take it one small step to being healthier at a time and don’t expect immediate drastic results.

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