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Nutrition and Mental Health: Where to Begin

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Nutrition and Mental Health: Where Should We Begin? Lev Dolgachov/PhotoSpin

No one will ever “get it all together.” That’s like eating once and for all. Silly to expect and miserable trying to achieve — yet here we are.

Everyone gets down sometimes. Everyone. Life isn’t always love and sparkles, in fact sometimes it’s hard and that takes its toll on a person. You’re not alone, nor inferior — you’re human.

Millions of Americans go through depressive states due to one reason or another. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that about 40 million adults in the United States suffer from some form of anxiety.

What’s more, the NIMH finds that women are 60 percent more likely to have anxiety at some point in their lives than men. This all translates to nearly 1 in 5 people you know facing some form of anxiety. You are definitely not alone.

We all have our journeys to travel, and there will be bumps along the road. Individuals coping with mental illness have a different viewpoint of the road and the intensity of its ups, downs and bumps.

When you’re having trouble navigating through your day-to-day life, asking for assistance may seem like another stressor to the pile. Motivating yourself to reach out for help may seem exhausting or impossible.

This is where nutrition comes in to help. Being well-nourished can help you find your inner Rocky Balboa and get back up when life has knocked you down with some serious blows.

You need the fuel to want more, to see it can be better and to seek out help. What you choose to eat and drink throughout the day can begin to improve your thought process, energy, emotions and overall wellbeing to give you what you need to get on the road to happier days.

Where to Start

Getting well takes time and money. Not everyone has the motivation, time or funds to take a full-blown approach to wellness. Know that you don’t have to decide between all or nothing when it comes to feeling better inside and out.

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