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Deal With Stress

Diet, diet, diet. Food can make or break a good mood. Unhealthy foods can make you feel aggravated, tense, ill, fatigued and cranky. These are foods that are high in sugar, high in caffeine, or outright junk food. In fact, modern scientific studies are examining to the rise in depression and violence with the rise in unhealthy food consumption as well as lack of proper nutrition.

You can take charge of your health by eating a healthy diet. Keep in mind that nutrition is imperative for healthy brain function; this includes mood. Essential Fatty Acids, especially Omega-3’s, are seriously lacking in the average diet; and EFA’s are necessary for your brain. Help your brain function by eating more fish, nuts, and avocados. Take an EFA supplement. If you are worried about a fishy aftertaste, opt for the kind that have lemon oil added to counteract.

Eliminate junk food as much as possible from your diet. Foods such as chips, soda, donuts, or hamburgers from a fast food restaurant do not contain enough nutrients that your body can use. Your nervous system and your brain depend on all types of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other compounds for health. You can only get these by eating whole foods that contain whole nutrition such as; whole grains, unprocessed meats and proteins, whole and fresh fruits and vegetables.

On the other hand, according to the studies in Orthomolecular Medicine, chemicals like those used in food manufacturing, can interfere with the delicate brain chemicals and chemical reactions that control your body. An unhealthy diet can be linked to depression, an inability to deal with stress, mood swings and inability to concentrate. To be on the safe side, try to cut way down on highly processed foods while replacing them with whole foods and let your body eliminate any built up toxins over time. Changing your diet for the better may not only help your mood, but can help ward of disease and other health issues.

Exercise to balance your mood, deal with stress and, hopefully, reduce depression. Exercise helps bring oxygen all through your body. It gets your blood flowing so nutrients are carried throughout your entire body to all your organs, including your brain. It also stimulates the manufacturing of serotonin, the “feel good” hormone. All of this happens naturally while you get more fit and healthy in the process.

Practice relaxation on a daily basis. It is a fact that relaxing takes practice. Dealing with any given situation can be a habit; like getting angry, sad, upset or seeing a negative situation as a challenge instead of stressful. All of this can take years of work, therapy, or counseling.