Mental Health Tips for Stressful Times

Mental health is an important topic and right now there is a lot of change and transition and it can be hard to know how best to handle it all. Many people are finding that their emotions can be overwhelming. What I do know is self care is essential. Here are 10 things I am doing to help my mental health.

1. Get a good night’s sleep

If all is not well with your body, it’s hard to take care of your mind. Sleep is critical to emotional health.

2.  Eat Well

Healthy, fresh  foods can make a difference to your mental health.

3. Get Out In Nature

One way to bring gratitude into your life is to appreciate nature.

4. Turn off the news

It is meant to stir us up and engage our stress response. Have a news fast.

5. Share how you’re feeling

A support network is critical in times of crisis. If you’re feeling scared or anxious, let someone who cares about you know.

6. Do something you are good at

Bring in a feeling of reward  by doing something you are good at and you enjoy.

7. Be of Service

Think of how you can outreach and help someone else. This includes your pets!

8. Move Your Body!

By exercising, endorphins are secreted and your mood will improve.

9. Have a massage

Mental health tension brings body tension. A massage can help the body, mind and spirit.

10. Begin A Gratitude Journal

An antidote to stress and anger is to express gratitude. Write down 3 things you are grateful for at the end of each day and keep a running list.

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What is Depression? – Rethinking What We think We Know

A Mind of Your ownWhat is depression? Most doctors would say it is a chemical imbalance. Dr Kelly Brogan was forced to reconsider conventional wisdom when her thyroid disease went undiagnosed as the cause of depression. With the help of her naturopathic doctor, she learned that her thyroid dysfunction was caused by a combination of postpartum body changes, an imbalance in her gut and poor dietary choices. Dr Kelly took this experience and applied it to her patients with depression with amazing results.

Here is a new way to look at depression: it is the result of the body’s interrelated systems attempting to adapt to stressors, such as inflammation. It is a signal that the interconnected systems in the body are out of balance – from blood sugar, to gut health, to thyroid function– and inflammation is at the root. The causes of depression and related symptoms of inflammation are not being adequately treated.

I created the 30 Day Detox Program to support your body to release inflammation and feel vibrant and healthy. It is a structured program to reduce inflammation by gently supporting the body’s digestion and detoxification systems. This Vitality Program is called Clear The Way. You will love it and I am holding a LIVE tele-group you can join in September.

Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress.  But the truth is, what women really need can’t be found at a pharmacy.

According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and underdeliver, but according to Brogan , “their use may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential“. We need a new paradigm: The best way to heal the mind is to heal the whole body. CLICK HERE to find the program I recommend to unlock your body’s self-healing potential.

What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain – PART 2

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The underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease begin with too much sugar on the brain. The cycle starts when we over-consume sugar and don’t eat enough fat, which leads to diabesity. 

Type 3 Diabetes

The idea that Alzheimer’s might be Type 3 diabetes has been around since 2005, but the connection between poor diet and Alzheimer’s is becoming more convincing, as summarized in a cover story in New Scientist entitled “Food for Thought: What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain.

3 Types of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is where the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It accounts for about 10 percent of all cases. Type 2 diabetes is chronic or environmental, and it’s especially prevalent in populations that overconsume hyperprocessed foods. It’s tragically, increasingly common — about a third of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes. It causes your cells to fail to retrieve glucose from the blood (called insulin resistance).

Eating sugar and refined carbs can cause pre-dementia and dementia. But cutting out the sugar and refined carbs and adding healthy fat can prevent, and even reverse, pre-dementia and early dementia.

You can impact your brain through your diet and heal your body.  In fact, your body and your mind aren’t two separate systems; they’re one elegant, continuous ecosystem. What you do to the body affects the brain, and what you do to the brain affects the body