Have you ever said, "I'm fine" when you're really not? It's important to remember that it is absolutely okay to not be okay.
There are many ways you can look after your own mental health, for example:
Make A Meal Of It, wants to highlight the benefits of a good diet to support mental well-being.
food and mood
Good nutrition is important for everyone....stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet, most of us understand this principle, but did you know:
Some amino acids (the building blocks of protein) are also pre-cursors for important neurotransmitters in our brain?
Omega 3 fatty acids play a key role in healthy brain development and function. Recent research, carried out into the effects of omega 3 as a treatment for depression, has proved somewhat inconclusive. However, the recommendations are that adults eat at least one portion of oily fish per week and only approx. 25% adults are currently consuming that amount.
There is clearly no easy fix through food (sadly, there is no easy fix at all). There are some tips, above, to help you look after your mental health....cooking a healthy meal could incorporate several of these:
mental health goodness dinner
Tonight's meal is inspired by one written for the Let's Get Cooking program and the recipe can be found at letsgetcooking.org.uk/lets-get-cooking-at-home/recipes/zesty-salmon-pilaf/
Final result - delicious salmon (full of protein and omega 3) with veg (vitamins and minerals) and couscous
My ingredients (although I didn't actually use the stock). Whatever vegetables needed using up - feel free to improvise
Add some oil to the pan and gently fry. I cooked leek,celery, broccoli and carrot for a brief time then added the mushrooms and peppers (they take less time to cook). Sprinkle over the chilli flakes and cumin seeds (I guessed, I like spice!)
After about 8-10mins add water and couscous (again guessed.....add water later if it dries out too much)
Gave a good squeeze of lemon juice and added fresh spinach. Sit salmon on top, put lid on and leave for ten minutes, ish (until salmon is cooked through). Added black pepper to final dish and enjoyed with a glass of wine*
*It's mental health awareness week.......alcohol can be a depressant. However, it can help to relax, so enjoy in moderation and a glass of white with salmon is delicious.