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7 Foods That Reduce Mental Health Symptoms

7 Foods That Reduce Mental Health Symptoms

Once again, we dedicate an article to the importance of our mental health! The fact is that there are many people unaware that our mental health is something that requires patience and time. As a result of this, 14.8 million American adults, ages 18 and older, are treated for major depression each year.[1] 40 million American adults, 18 and older, are treated for an anxiety disorder yearly.[2] The number of mental health mental health cases is growing with each day. Having these facts in mind, we look at eight food suggestions that should relieve some of the most common mental health symptoms. You should always remember that the fight does not stop as soon as you take your medications—you need healthy foods too!

How Does Your Diet Help With Your Mental Health?

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health confirmed the relationship between the diet and the mental health after investigating its effects among children and adolescents. The study stated that children and adolescents who have poor diet early in life have a greater risk of developing some mental health illness, most commonly  depression or anxiety. You can see from this why proper nutrition is so important for our mental health to develop in the right way, reducing the risk of mental health concerns.

A proper diet with all of the needed nutrients will help you normalize your body, lessoning mental health symptoms. Plus, a lot of the mental health illnesses have been triggered by a deficiency of some key nutrients, so by replacing it you will remove any trace of the symptoms in no time!

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The 7 foods that should be on your plate

    The following 8 foods will help you create the best diet plan that will help you fight the symptoms of whatever mental health illness you have been diagnosed with!

    1. Berries – Choose from strawberries, raspberries or blueberries to gain vitamin C and  antioxidants. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences showed that Vitamin C helps control cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is an important stress hormone. It can help activate your fight-or-flight responses during an stressful event; however, too much of it in everyday life can have health consequences, as stress is a common trigger for a lot of mental problems. By controlling the cortisol levels by eating berries, you will decrease stress and the risk of further symptoms!

    2. Fish – Choose any fish to gain omega-3 fatty acids. They have been confirmed to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, a common mental illness.

    3. Dark chocolate – This is yet another great food option that will help you regulate stress levels by controlling the cortisol levels in your body. Plus, dark chocolate will increase the levels of endorphins so your mood will naturally improve in no time and you will be able to forget about depression and its symptoms!

    4. Whole grains – This is a great source of carbohydrates, which improve the production of serotonin and tryptophan which usually are affected by the mental illness and as a result to the symptoms of depression and anxiety occur.

    5. Turkey – Turkey is the perfect source of natural proteins that are essential for the body to create serotonin. It also has tryptophan, which is a good sleep inducer.

    6. Green Tea – Not only is it filled with antioxidants, but green tea also contains an amino acid known as theanine. Theanine has been confirmed to help patients with depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances!

    7. Turmeric – Turmeric has been used for ages as a delicious spice in meals, but have you thought to use it to fight your depression? Turmeric has been confirmed to help relieve the symptoms of depression by improving your mood!

    Conclusion

    Try these 7 foods, which are some of the best brain foods there are and notice a reduction in symptoms. Sure, the changes may take time, but soon enough you will start noticing the difference as you start your new and improved everyday life!

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    Evlin Symon is a health and wellness expert specialized in fitness, weight loss, pregnancy, nutrition and beauty.

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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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