At Liveli we’re all about brain health, which is why we designed a nootropic power trio that focuses on just that. But we are also big advocates on taking care of what goes on inside your brain. We believe mental health should be treated just as importantly as physical health. This World Mental Health Day, we’re taking some time to talk about why you should love your brains and all that comes with them.
More people are affected by mental health than you might realize.
44 million adults (1 in 5) and 14 million children in the United States have a diagnosable mental disorder each year. The amount of people living with mental health conditions is greater than the populations of New York and Florida combined. 1 in 6 people will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetimes, women more often than men. These are only the statistics for those who receive diagnoses. However stigma prevents many people from seeking the care they need and deserve; in fact, fewer than half of those who suffer from mental health problems ever seek help.
Mental health and your brain.
Mental health isn’t just what goes on inside your brain. It’s tied very closely to overall brain function in more ways than you might realize. Those who have a clinical diagnosis of depression and have depressive systems can experience a more rapid cognitive decline. Researchers on this subject have found that abnormalities in our brain functioning can contribute to many mental illnesses — making a prioritization of both brain health and mental health critical.
Depression is a relevant example of how mental health can affect our brains. Those experiencing depression are recipients of long-term exposure to cortisol levels in the brain, slowing the production of new neurons and leading the neurons present in the hippocampus to shrink — ultimately, this can give way to memory problems.
Experiencing symptoms of mental health disorders, whether its depression, anxiety, bipolar, or others, we can become less focused, fulfilled, and present. Becoming proactive about our mental health will in turn benefit our overall cognitive and full-body well being.
How do we prioritize our mental health?
Take an inventory of how you’re feeling.
It’s easy to get caught up in our hectic schedules and the busy world around us. It’s important to take a check in with yourself at least once a week to assess how you’re keeping up and feeling. If you’re overwhelmed, spend an evening with your favorite movie and relax. If something feels like it’s not right, know that it’s okay and important to reach out for help. You can find resources here.
Feed your body the nutrients it needs for a healthy body and mind.
Feeding our brains and bodies with proper fuel has a larger impact on our mental health than we might think. A balanced mood and increased feelings of wellbeing can often depend on what we’re eating — if we’re getting an adequate intake of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals. There are natural ingredients, like GABA, Ashwaghanda, 5HTP, and Valerian Root, that are useful as natural remedies for anxiety (we include these in our formulas).
Get adequate exercise.
Exercise improves mental health by reducing levels of anxiety and depression while also increasing self-esteem and cognitive function. Whether it’s joining a club sport in your community, going for a bike ride, or taking a walk, getting out and getting moving are key to a happy mind and a happy body.
Take a mental health day when you need it.
Knowing when you need a day to recharge and put your mental well-being first is key to a healthy mind and body. If you’re feeling more exhausted than normal, are unable to focus, you’re feeling down, your immune system is weakened, or something just doesn’t feel right, taking a mental health day might be the right option. Worried about how taking a mental health day might affect your work? Read this and worry no more.
See a therapist.
Yes, everyone can benefit from being a therapist. Whether it seems as though something serious is going on, or if you just need someone to listen, it’s an excellent way to put your well being first. It’s never to early for therapy, and it’s never too late.
How do you prioritize your mental health? Leave us a comment and us know!
Note: We are not licensed mental health professionals. We are here to raise awareness for mental health and offer opportunities for individuals to seek help. If you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255. For more mental health resources, you can find them here.