Mental Health issues don’t stop just because lockdown is lifting, with this in mind, we wanted to source simple, effective and free ways to help with anxiety and depression.
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
- Stimulates the liver and kidneys, it also improves digestion and reduces fatigue and anxiety, headaches and insomnia.
- Drink (eight 8-ounce glasses a day – or as much as you can don’t be hard on yourself not everyone likes water).
- It stimulates the flow of nutrients and hormones that release those feel-good endorphins you need to feel happy
- Drinking more water will satisfy your thirst and health.
- Don’t try and run a marathon, just get outside even if the days are short, walk every day if you can, a light jog, a yoga session anything, just keep moving. Being outdoors is good for you!
- Meditation has been found to change certain brain regions that are specifically linked with depression.
- It works on two parts of the brain that deal with the fight or flight response (the “fear centre” & the “me centre”). These two brain regions work off each other to cause depression. The “me centre” gets worked up reacting to stress and anxiety, and the “fear centre” response leads to a spike in cortisol levels to fight a danger that’s only in your mind.
- These fears (fake news) trigger the adrenal gland that releases stress hormones, which in turn produces cortisol.
- The “me centre” is where you process information about yourself, such as worrying about the future and ruminating about the past. When people get stressed about life, this goes into overdrive. STOP, BE STILL & BREATHE.
- Again, don’t make it difficult so that you are put off doing it every day, start with 5 minutes and add a minute a day until you find a time limit that suits you.
- There are lots of free apps that can support your meditation sessions, like Calm, Headspace & 7 Cups. You can also find a guided meditation on YouTube.