1. TAKE UP RUNNING
The endorphins have a mood-lifting benefit, and studies show the repetitive nature of running can also improve mindfulness. Physical exertion helps you sleep better as well, which in turn boosts mental wellness.
2. TRY A MEDITERRANEAN DIET
You probably already know if you’re feeling down, that cookie-dough doughnut or #coffeeinacone won’t fix it, now science has proven it. Researchers at Deakin University recently discovered the true healing powers of a healthy diet (one high in whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables and olive oil), seeing a significant reduction in symptoms of depression among participants.
3. GIVE GOOD GUT
A healthy belly doesn’t just sort out digestion, gut bacteria also has an effect on the brain. Your digestive tract is full of nerves, which is probably why you associate anxiety with tummy butterflies, so keep it in good nick with things such as yoghurt, fermented foods like kimchi and prebiotic-rich foods like garlic and leek, and a healthier mind will follow.
4. EAT SOME FISH
If you want to add a pep to your step, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (think oily fish like mackerel) can boost serotonin, the chemical that regulates mood. Avocados, eggs, nuts and leafy greens do the same.
5. PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE
Lots of studies have shown