Top dietary tips for your best health and well-being
This is a subject I feel quite passionate about - and I wondered whether it fitted into my business concepts or not. Then I realised that 1) I don't care if it does or doesn't and 2) I think it does.
You see, I don't think you can care about your body, mind and soul without taking notice of what is going on in your environment.
The basic recommendation are almost impossible to achieve when someone is in hospital, psychiatric or otherwise. Sleep can be challenging given noises and light disturbances, nutrition is compromised (hospital meals are not ideal!), going for a walk or simply getting outside is almost impossible in many situations.
However there are things you can do to help recovery and support wellness….
This was written by me but originally published at: https://www.bepure.co.nz/blogs/news/mind-reset-for-reaching-your-health-goals.This was written to support individuals who wish make changes in their diet in order to improve their health and well-being.
Recently I saw a client who was having nightmares. They were a reflection of an event that happened in her past as a child. A recent event had the memories rise to the surface, resulting in reoccurring nightmares.
I gave her one of my favourite tips for dealing with them.
A few weeks later she returned.
'How are the nightmares?' I asked.
'Gone' she said. 'Thanks to a flying pineapple'.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, “one in six New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives (including depression, bipolar disorder and/or anxiety disorder)”. (1) The percentage of 15 to 24-year-olds in New Zealand struggling with what is considered high or very high psychological distress has been steadily increasing, affecting five per cent of this population five years ago, 8.8 per cent in 2015/2016 and 11.8 per cent in 2017. (2) This trend is expected to continue, according to the World Health Organization, with “depression set to become the second leading cause of disability in the world by 2020”. (3) The rates of suicide in New Zealand are also continuously increasing, with 668 for 2017/2018, the highest number recorded since 2007/2008. (4)
As a nurse who
I bumped into someone recently who for health reasons had to stop working (temporarily). Money is not too big an issue (husband works full time) and the health problem isn't so serious. I asked her how she was enjoying not working. She replied 'I don't like it, I'm struggling to feel that I have a purpose in life' :0
I was a little surprised. And then I realised….
In all the hype written about our shocking New Zealand stats on suicide I am constantly dismayed at the lack of forethought about digging deeper as to what is causing us to be so damn un-resilient in the first place. We talk a little about relationships, connection, we talk a lot about depression and anxiety and people are very happy to share on social media about their experiences of the same, but nowhere oh nowhere do I ever see what I believe is a contributing fundamental issue being addressed..
Some time ago I did an online course titled "The Science of Happiness" (I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in what actually causes us to feel happy and have long term joy. For more information click here). During this course we completed an exercise that was designed initially by the wonderful doctor of happiness herself - Sonja Lyubomirsky with another researcher Kennon Sheldon. They conducted a small study comparing this exercise to a 'Gratitude Exercise' - another popular mood enhancing technique. It was found that:
People who completed the .... exercise daily for two weeks showed increases in positive emotions right after the two-week study ended. Those who kept up with the exercise even after the study was over continued to show increases in positive mood one month later