Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than men? According to recent studies, women with anxiety disorders are more prone to internalise their emotions which can result in withdrawal, loneliness and depression.
Our guest author, Kate Kendall, Co-Founder & Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic, Author of Life in Flow, and Australia’s most respected Yoga Teacher knows all too well the struggles of modern day life, having worked in a fast-paced advertising agency before switching to a life of Yoga, as well as the ongoing ups and downs of running a business.
As we celebrate Women’s Health Week from the 5th to 11th of September, we wanted to highlight some natural ways to support mental well-being with some expert tips from Kate herself.
Nutrition is often an overlooked aspect in mental health wellness. What we put in our body plays a very significant role in our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Excessive consumption of sugar and processed foods can lead to certain inflammation throughout the body and brain which may contribute to mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Eat a balanced diet that consists of plenty of fresh fruits, whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats.
DON’T DEPRIVE YOURSELF OF A GOOD SLEEP.
Your quality of sleep directly impacts your mood. Try making sleep a priority by going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Avoid using your mobile devices an hour from your bedtime as blue light can inhibit relaxation. Create a restful environment and keep your room cool, dark, and quiet.
ENGAGE IN EXERCISE REGULARLY.
Moving our body stimulates the release of feel-good endorphins, which improve mood. Getting 30 minutes or more of physical activity 3-5 days a week is linked with significant improvement of depression and anxiety symptoms. Regular exercise like yoga, pilates, cardio, and more helps our body take a break and relieve stress.
MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION AND BREATHWORK
Meditation is unrivalled when it comes to easing mental health conditions. Meditating can change the brain and the way the body responds to stress. Start a habit of meditating as little as 5 minutes per day first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day. Practising mindfulness means focusing your mind on a particular thought, object, or activity. While meditating it is also vital to pay attention to your breathing. Proper breathing exercise and techniques can improve mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
TALK TO SOMEONE AND SEEK SUPPORT.
Humans are naturally social beings. Opening up and sharing your worries and experiences to a trusted individual or support group is one of the most powerful things you can do to support your mental wellbeing. Not only is there a release in the actual process of letting it all out, but it also helps cultivate feelings of togetherness and a sense of community.
DISCOVER ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT WITH MEDICINAL CANNABIS.
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of two well-known chemicals found in the cannabis plant (the other being THC). CBD is completely non-psychoactive and is better known for its therapeutic effects including anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory and many more.
Greencare Clinics Practitioner Dr Irina Al Muderis confirms that “medicinal cannabis has been approved by the TGA since 2016 to treat approved symptoms and has the potential to help with a range of health benefits including mental health issues, such as anxiety.”
In fact, demand for medicinal cannabis has spiked in the last year, with 2021 seeing double the amount of prescriptions issued compared to 2020, with more Australians turning to medicinal cannabis for numerous health conditions according to research from the Therapeutic Goods Association.
Do you want to find out how medical cannabis could work for you? Book a consultation with one of our authorised practitioners here.
Purchase Kate Kendall’s book Life in Flow here.