by Laura Barns
It’s never been more important to make sure we’re all looking after our mental health, as well as our physical health.
In this series, we’ve taken a look at some of the best ways to help our wellbeing during COVID-19, quarantining, self-isolation and beyond.
There is a wealth of research out there that highlights the link between the food we eat and our mental health, as well as our physical health. In particular, a well-balanced diet is said to help improve your mood, energy levels and mental awareness.
There are several elements involved, from the number of carbohydrates you eat to the way deficiencies in vitamins and minerals affect mental health:
Fostering healthy eating habits has never been more important than now. During turbulent times, it’s easier for healthier habits to ‘slip’ or go out of the window completely. And whilst this is totally normal, in order for us to feel better (and stay feeling better), it’s a good idea to aim to get back on track as quickly as possible.
Here are some of Mind’s top tips for kick-starting or improving your healthy eating habits for your mental health:
Depending on your specific mental health needs, you may require certain medications which can have an impact on your diet in terms of restrictions or appetite.
Before prescribing you any medication, your doctor should fully explain any possible risks or side effects, so you can make an informed decision. If you are currently taking medication and are unsure or worried about what foods and drinks to avoid, it might help to speak to you GP or ask at your local pharmacy. (See Mind’s pages on psychiatric medications for more information.)
If you have any other recommendations or questions regarding your diet and mental health, we’d love to read them. Feel free to use the comments section below.
Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way.