1. Take care of your body
Our bodies and our minds are connected. When you take care of your body, you also take care of your mind.
Food is our fuel. It gives us important nutrients that help our bodies work. It makes sense that the better we eat, the better we work. Our brains work better, too. Research shows that the food we eat is a big part of mental health. Healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains give us the nutrients to work our best.
Here are some tips on taking care of your body:
- Eat regularly, so your body has enough fuel to work well all day. Skipping meals can make you feel tired or irritable.
- Watch out for too much caffeine. Caffeine is the part of coffee and black tea that gives you energy. It is in other drinks and snacks, too. Caffeine can add to feelings of anxiety. It can also stop you from sleeping well.
- Watch how much sugar you eat. Eating sugar gives you a quick burst of energy. But when that energy is gone, you feel more tired. It can lower your mood and make you feel irritable.
- Watch your alcohol use. Alcohol just hides problems for a short time. It makes sadness, stress and other feelings harder to deal with later on.
To learn more about eating well, talk to a dietician. Dieticians have special training to help people eat well. In BC, you can talk to a dietician for free. Call 8-1-1 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca/dietitian to learn more.