Mental and Physical Stress – Same Stress Hormonally but…
Working a long day at a desk, in an office or school, with multiple projects due is tiring and stressful. But it is different than a long day of physical labor. Both equally tiring, but to fight off the long term effects of stress, you need to do something physical if you are more mentally stressed. If you are more physically tired, then you need to do a light stretch to loosen sore muscles and relax. Breathing deep, eating well, hydrating, and getting a good night's sleep are all part of you being a better handler of stress today – regardless of the type.
Think of handling stress as how we have evolved as a species. Stress in early human life focused on finding food and shelter, surviving and escaping attacks from animals, and other humans wanting your food and shelter. Stress can also be dealt with as a natural fight or flight response. Deal with it now before it becomes psychological and chronic to your health.
5 best vitamins for good mental health
Self-care your priority in 2020?
There's nothing better and therapeutic than good mental health. While mental wellness requires good lifestyle choices, what we don't realize is that making even the tiniest of changes, or supplementing some essential vitamins and minerals can help keep your brain healthy and happy.
Just like other organs, our brain too needs a helpful dose of vitamins to function well. If you are deficient in them, you are likely to experience problems related to your neurological and emotional health.
Studies have found that increasing the intake of certain vitamins and minerals can also help manage (and to a certain extent, treat) mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, manage mood swings and give a boost to your brain health.
While conclusive proof is still not available, there is no denying that natural boosters and medicines can come in handy in making your brain healthy and improve quality of life.
Here are 5 vitamins :
Vitamin B is single-handedly one of the most essential nutrient groups for the brain. In almost all of its forms - B1, B2, B3, B6 help in the transportation of neurotransmitters and alleviate symptoms of problems like depression, stress as well slow down mental decline which can happen with age. While vitamin B is found in plenty of foods, vegans can need supplementation in certain cases.
Selenium is an important micronutrient which protects the body from the damage caused by certain free radicals and infections. For the brain, too, it guarantees multiple benefits. From supplying enough oxygen to the brain, reducing inflammation and preventing cell damage, multiple studies have confirmed that enough selenium levels can cut down the risk of developing depression and considerably lower the chances of prenatal depression as well. Supplemented well, it may also help deal with some of the high-grade symptoms associated with anxiety.
Vitamin D is an essential supplement for bone health but also for a healthy brain. According to doctors and researchers, the nutrient contains hormonelike biochemicals which interact with the brain receptors and help sustain vital functions which go through the brain. It also activates and deactivates some enzymes which help in nerve growth and reduce inflammation. The overall goodness Vitamin D guarantees can help your brain stay healthy and reduce the risk of developing mental illnesses.
Turmeric :The goodness of turmeric needs no new introduction. While a pinch of turmeric in your food (or haldi vala doodh) is thought to be good for overall wellness and immunity, what many don't know is that turmeric has been found to have helpful benefits for treating some of the symptoms associated with ADHD, depression or anxiety. Turmeric contains a bioactive compound, which can channelize your DHA (which is an essential healthy brain fat) to function better and helps in neuroprotection. The antioxidants present in root turmeric can also help deal with oxidative stress.
Magnesium, again, is a healthy natural drug for the brain. For one, it helps maintain major neurological functions and makes sure that signals from the body to the brain and another way around are working out nicely. Secondly, it also helps smoothen out brain development, cognitive functioning and engages essential receptors in the brain. What may even surprise you to know is that magnesium is safe quantities(400-420 mg) may also help fight the infamous "flight or fight" reaction in the body