11-17 May 2015 is Mental Health Awareness Week.
What we eat and drink can have a major affect on health, including our mental health.
If the body isn’t getting the right nutrients, your digestive system sends signals of distress to your brain, which may affect overall mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation’s Awareness Week is a useful source of information for anyone who considers themselves to have a mental health issue. It’s also a valuable resource for trying to understand and support family and friends who may be suffering.
Often, especially for those without mental health issues, it can be hard to know how to help others due to a lack of understanding in relation to the issues involved.
The campaign also features mindfulness, which is an excellent form of meditation that has made a big difference to many, including myself.
Mindfulness is not just meditation however – I’d describe it as a technique that changes the way your brain, and body, react to potential everyday stress-type situations. Gradually, the techniques become second nature and you begin to react differently without even thinking about it.