A healthy diet is an important part of your mental health toolkit because what you eat affects your physical and mental health. Christmas and New Year is traditionally a time of overindulging in unhealthy treats. Try to include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and protein in your diet - your body and mind will thank you. Limit sugar and saturated fats which are often found in fast foods. I'm not suggesting that you give up sugar and fast food altogether—I'm just suggesting you cut back a bit. If you do have a fast food, choose a small meal instead of a large one, choose a hamburger or wrap with lots of salad and skip the fries. Cutting out sugary soft drinks is great for your health. Try water with a slice of lemon, cucumber, or some berries in it.
I love ice cream but here is a healthy alternative. There are only five ingredients, plus it's vegan and gluten free! You can find the recipe at https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com.
It's so easy to get stuck on your screen and while away hours watching YouTube videos or scrolling through social media. These things aren't inherently bad, but you can end up spending a lot of time watching and not living. Here are some things to do that don't involve a screen. Note: you may not be able to do some of them during lockdown.
Self-care is an important aspect of a healthy, balanced life. There are six main categories of self care: body, mind, emotions, work (study), relationships and spiritual. For more information on this visit https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au. Self-care is a very individual thing - you might hate having a bath but for someone else it's bliss. Find what works for you and try to schedule in a bit of self care each day. It doesn't have to be expensive or take a lot of time. Taking five minutes to brush your hair before bed is quick and free.
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It's the middle of winter and school holidays in Australia and it's tempting to be a couch potato and binge on Netflix and YouTube. Most states are in lockdown or under some restrictions due to Covid but that's no excuse not to move your body. Find a workout on Youtube that you can do in your bedroom, grab a skipping rope and head to the driveway, go for a walk (don't forget your mask if you need one)... just move your body. It will improve your mental and physical health.
Paul Dillon has a really interesting article about e-ciggarettes and vaping. You can read it at his blog, Doing Drugs with Paul Dillon.