Nourish your body

In Mental Health by Elena Langtry

Although the festive period can be an exciting and joyful time of year, it can also be hectic, anxiety-inducing and lonely for some.

For twelve days during the festive season I’m offering my tips for coping at this time of year, from Lowering expectations to Nourishing your body.

I hope that my tips may bring comfort and reassurance to others. After all, we must take care of our mental health year-round.

Follow the hashtag #12DaysofTakingCare on Twitter for more.

Gravitating towards mince pies is not a crime when you feel like it. Neither is a boost of good mood food when you feel like it! Like omega-3 fats found in salmon and walnuts, or Brussels sprouts for gut-loving fibre. Food is an essential part of my good mental health.

Often, for me, food can be a distraction from the real problem. I sometimes eat to stave off boredom, or to avoid loneliness. And sometimes that’s okay. I use other tactics from my toolbox to help stay calm and well too. Like reading, yoga poses or going for a walk. 

At other times I want to balance my sweet tooth with leafy greens, colourful fruits and quality proteins. I have found it useful to get in tune with what my body needs, if that’s another biscuit then so be it! Equally I might hunt for the only apple left in the house…
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, tweet me @RachelKellyNet

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”