I feel compelled to speak of a topic seen as so taboo.
But why? We live in a culture that hides away when in pain, a culture that curates a picture-perfect lifestyle display to the world. It’s all a facade.
The world is filled with people who go through and experience anxiety and depression or both, yet we’re so scared to talk about it.
There is so much unspoken shame associated with mental health. To those of you in a period of struggle I am sharing my journey as a safe space for you to know you are not alone.
The truth is, we all go through something that can be a struggle or hurts deep. Maybe your struggle or hurt is the same as mine. Maybe it’s entirely different and equally hard. But something I have learned is that anxiety can be something we always live with, but it can also be something we learn how to cope with.
If you think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress don’t impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system, not to mention a toxic mind - something I have personally experienced.
One thing that’s blown me away is how little mental health stems from our brains. Nutrition, supplementation and gut health are fundamental to optimal brain health. Together they can produce dramatic, positive changes in your mental health and quality of life.
Movement is one of the most under-utilised antidepressants out there. Exercise will literally boost your serotonin and endorphins and will stimulate the growth of new brain cells just like antidepressants are designed to do.
I found when I don’t move and eat a well-balanced diet my brain doesn’t function and it turns to fog. For me, eating a healthy high fat, low sugar diet improves my mental wellbeing dramatically.
I have used this way of life for as long as I can remember and was brought up on a well-balanced and nutritious diet, but coming off birth control recently I craved the complete opposite! Eating a high fat diet to me is a sustainable way to eat a lot of plant based foods, healthy nourishing and brain healthy fats.
As I have learned more about my anxieties - especially after experiencing deep depression for the first time after coming off birth control, I have grown and have started to cope with my feelings much better.
I have had an overwhelming amount of messages and questions to how I have used nutrition, movement, supplements and tools to balance my mental health.
Here is a list of things that have worked for me -
· zero sugar - no explanation needed
· high fat diet - Omega - 3s / healthy fats
· no cow dairy
· podcasts and reading
· celery juice cleanse (I will talk about this with a friend who I discovered this off)
· cutting out gluten
· taking hot showers or baths
· writing a list every morning of 3 things I am grateful for and saying them out loud (self-affirmations)
· saunas (especially infrared saunas)
· learning to not worry about the past
· not worrying what others think of me
· vitamin b12 injections
· magnesium tablets before bed
· frankincense essential oil
· putting energies into people who matter
· LAUGHING - this is a medicine. Something I literally had to practice at times.
· talking out loud
· quality sleep
· vitamin D
· reducing caffeine - I was drinking up to 2 cups of coffee per day. I have now re introduced 1 -3 per week at the most.
I am here to share my passion around health and my personal experiences. What I have learnt so far is that to truly be a healthy individual you have to place priority on your mental health just as much as your physical health.
Being healthy looks so different on everyone and this is just what works for me.
Something I like to keep in mind when going through a period of struggle that my husband said one day to me, “there will be bad days and they will also end”. Everything passes.
Trust - trust that if you do the work the rest will follow. What you focus on in life and where you place your thoughts will make all the difference in how you feel every day. By focusing on changing your negative thoughts to positive you will see your life change in front of your eyes in the most beautiful way.
“In the end she became more than what she expected. She became the journey. And like all journeys, she did not end. She just simply changed direction and kept going”.
My dm’s and emails are always open.