Living in Michigan, we are currently on day 49 since I have been a home school mom and have been locked in our home. Wow, can it really take a toll on your mental health. Feeling cooped up, not having any alone time, and the introduction of new responsibilities can make any person feel heightened anxiety, fear of the unknown future, and perhaps depression. It’s important to work on building better mental health during a crisis by practicing healthy mental stability routines. Implementing healthy mental living routines can be a game changer for your day to day life during a crisis.
Clean Up Your Diet
Eating a diet full of carbs and processed foods affects the brain. Your brain is made up of 60% fat. Do you think that chips, pretzels, and “protein” bars feed your mind? They don’t. Not only do they not provide the brain with any nutrients, but the fake food ingredients wreck havoc on what your brain is made of and how it functions. This imbalance in the brain starts in your gut. Have you heard of the gut-brain axis? The food that you eat feeds your brain. Unhealthy eating destroys the gut and leaves the brain starving for nutrients. The digestive system has no nutrient dense foods to take vitamins, minerals, healty glucose, and fatty acids, to send to the rest of the body for it to function properly. Eventually, this will leave you to feel depressed, anxious, and fearful.
If you clean up your diet, your brain can greatly benefit. Your mental state starts to tell you that it’s on it’s way to imbalance in many different ways. If you are feeling mentally fatigued, easily confused, loosing your memory, or having constant brain fog, these are all signs that your body needs more healthy fats and less processed and packaged foods. You CAN save your brain by building better mental health during a crisis!
Want to learn more about how your diet affects your mental state? Check out this blog post specifically on How Diet Affects Mental Health.
Next to cleaning up your diet, another must for building better mental health during a crisis is making sure that you have healthy digestion. Even if you have a diet strictly of organic fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy, it won’t nourish your body if your digestive system is broken. Your stomach acid levels are super important. Contrary to what you probably have been told by a doctor at one point in time, you need stomach acid. Stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), breaks down your food and tells the rest of your body’s digestive organs to prepare for food coming down into the system. The lack of stomach acid leaves the body having heart burn, GERD, reflux, ulcers, Celiacs disease, Crohns disease, constipation, diarrhea, eczema. The list can go on and on! Head on over to my free downloads page and really dive into how digestion is supposed to work and what can go wrong with digestion.
Do you struggle with a gut related health issue? Celiacs, Crohns, GERD, heartburn, food allergies, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, relux, or GERD (just to name a few). These are all health issues that start in the gut. If you struggle with any of these issues you more than likely have low stomach acid levels in your gut. If you want to learn more about stomach acid, take a look at this great article by Dr. Axe. Restoring your stomach acid levels will rid the body of the above health issues and heal your brain. If you suspect that your digestion is not working as it should, get in contact with me. It costs nothing to have a conversation with me about your health!
There is no doubt that exercise is good for you! But, what exactly does exercise do to your brain?! A lot, it does a lot of good things to your mental state. According to this article, How Does Exercise Affect the Brain, it describes how the brain benefits in many positive ways from exercise.
When you exercise, the body releases dopamine and endorphins that make the brain and body feel good. The brain also rids itself of harmful chemicals when you exercise. It also boosts the production of beneficial proteins in the brain that make it function better.
During a crisis or any other stressful time in life, it’s extremely brain beneficial to implement some calming practices into your daily life. Check out the below list of great calming practices that are helpful to building better mental health during a crisis!
- Guided gratitude journal. Guided ones are my favorite. It helps to keep the mind going with suggested writing materials and guided questions on gratitude.
- Yoga. Here is a great photo diagram of beneficial movements and here is a great starter video suggestion.
- Meditation. Here’s a great starter video.
- Tapping. An absolute favorite of mine! Check out this tapping video. The only add to this is that I would do the exercise using both hands, one hand on each side of the body.
- Deep breathing practice. Sitting cross legged on the floor with one hand on your heart and the other on your belly, practice deep breathing with your eyes closed.
Boost Your Immunity
Yes, there are things you can do to boost your immunity. Eating healthy foods and having your digestion in check are two great things that boost the immune system. However, there are products out there like vitamins, minerals, and homeopathic tinctures that boost your immunity too. For a full list of these things visit my post, My Most Used Immune Boosting Products!
Connecting to others is so important. Reaching out to a friend or family member at least once daily will help to keep you feeling connected. There are so many routes you can go to keep your connection with loved ones alive. Texting, zoom calls, phone calls, facetime, Marco Polo app, even writing letters to friends through the mail!