What we eat and drink can affect how we feel. We are regularly told that eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and not filling up on sugary and fatty foods is beneficial for our body. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well too. Sharing mealtimes, either with family and friends or with work colleagues can also be beneficial. Shared meals offer the opportunity to reflect on your day and listen and interact with others.
Get others involved in your healthy eating plans too, from sharing the grocery shopping to helping with the planning of meals and the cooking!
A balanced diet not only has a positive impact on your mood and wellbeing but other benefits include;
- increased energy and stamina
- improved sleep and concentration
- helps you to maintain a healthy body weight
- can lower your risk of developing chronic health risks such as heart disease and cancer
It’s easy to try to convince ourselves that alcohol will make us feel better and many of us enjoy having a drink now and then, but remember that alcohol is actually a depressant and can affect your mood. Alcohol can temporarily alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression and it is often used in an attempt to help with sleep or mood. However, drinking alcohol is not a good way to manage difficult feelings, it can make existing mental health problems worse as once the alcohol wears off it can leave you feeling worse due to its effects on your brain and rest of your body.
Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink and keeping at least two days per week alcohol-free is beneficial for your wellbeing. The current recommended levels are;
- 3-4 units per day for men and
- 2-3 units per day for women
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