- Maintain a regular, balanced and healthy diet by eating regularly, eating a variety of nutritious foods and drinking plenty of water. NHS research (2009) shows increasing evidence that changes in your diet can help prevent depression occurring, or if you are depressed, can help in the treatment of your depression. Foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids (eg. Fish), Vitamin B (eg. Bananas) and protein rich foods all contain a chemical call serotonin which can help improve your mood.
- Avoid 'Stress / Mood Eating' including too much snacking on fatty and sugary foods. These foods provide an initial feeling of well-being but ultimately result in a drop in sugar and energy levels leaving you tired, irritable and unable to concentrate.
- Avoid stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine as they may improve your mood for a short time but will make you feel worse in the long term. Health guidelines in the UK recommend that men can drink between 3-4 units of alcohol a day, and women can drink between 2-3 units a day without there being any significant risk to health.
- Quit smoking as nicotine does not help prevent or reduce stress, worry or pressure and can have far more serious impacts on your body.
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