Mental Health is finally getting the airtime it has always deserved. It no longer suffers the stigma of a whispered conversation or a raised eyebrow, but we can all still do more.

At Carefour we know there are some simple ways that we can all give our Mental Health a little boost when we need it most so thought we’d share them with you.

When we provide our services, whether it’s live-in care, home care, respite care, or even just companionship we’re always looking out for symptoms of a decline in Mental Health with our clients.

Knowing some simple remedies that can help allow us to deliver the absolute best in care.

Remember the outside.

Nature is a brilliant healer and getting outside, sitting near a window or by the back door or conservatory can really lift your spirits, boost your positivity and relieve feelings of stress or anxiety.

Get some sunshine.

The government health teams advise us all to try to get 15-30 minutes of sunlight each day. Now we know that in England that’s not as easy as other places in the world, but it doesn’t have to be glorious sunshine, just being outside helps. If you can’t do that then you can get some precious Vitamin D by eating some salmon, from your favourite dairy products, and even from mushrooms!

Control the snacking.

Ouch – this one hurts! Of presented with sweet treats and cakes it’s actually better for you to choose something a little plainer, like a rich tea or digestive biscuit to avoid the ups and downs of a sugar rush. Don’t worry, the occasional treat is still allowed!

Get the kettle on.

Most problems can be helped with a cuppa! Try experimenting with the herbal variety. By choosing a variety containing chamomile, lime flower, or passionflower can help with relaxation and if you move onto those with peppermint and ginger these are great when you need a quick pick-me-up.

Get some nuts into your diet.

Nuts can really help you sleep. The melatonin in almonds and walnuts helps you relax and sleep and also gives you more energy in the day when you need it.

Don’t forget water.

We all know we need to drink more water, and its effect on the brain is so positive! Getting dehydrated can make you irritable and tired and always have a bottle or glass of water on the go encourages you to hydrate and keep yourself topped up.

Listen up.

If you can take a walk, or move a little, doing it with a podcast or favourite playlist in your ear or in the background can help to rest and calm your brain. Even a minimum of 5 minutes a day can really boost feelings of well-being.

Ditch the salty crisps.

Did you know that if you swap out those salty crisps for plain popcorn you are adding that elusive wholegrain to your diet which keeps you fuller, and stops you snacking on the naughtier things?

Think about what you eat.

Humans need food. If you put rubbish in, you’re likely to get rubbish out. We know we can’t all eat salads every day, and everyone needs that pizza treat occasionally but getting a good balance in what you eat helps your brain regulate and work more efficiently.

Get some sleep.

If you can build and stick to a healthy sleep routine, it is a massive mood booster. We all need that coveted lie in but staying in bed too long can make you feel more tired and lethargic all day. Find what works for you that leaves you feeling fresh and energised and stick with it.

We hope you enjoy these simple tips and can find a few that work for you.

There are plenty of resources out there to help you now that Mental Health is no longer a taboo topic. Simply google mental health and you’ll see the amazing resources available to you.

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