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PRESCRIPTION FOR GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

Physical activity

Frequency: most days of the week.

Duration: 30 minutes

Intensity: sufficient to raise your heart and breathing rate – a little breathless, but still able to talk.

 

Eating

  1. Eat whatever you feel like.

Pay attention to what your body and mind need to be well nourished – feel that desire. Consume plenty of good fats.

  1. Eat only when you’re hungry.
    Notice the signals your body gives you. Is that real hunger? Or thirst? Or boredom? Or stress? Or sadness? Or loneliness? Or emptiness? Food helps with real hunger. Emotions need a different sort of attention.
  2. Eat mindfully.

Eat with all your 5 senses. Slow down. Notice the tastes, textures, colours, smells, sounds, visual patterns, sensations in your mouth, movement of your tongue and jaw, saliva, swallowing…

  1. Stop when you’re (almost) full.

Satiation signals from the brain to the stomach are delayed by about 20 minutes.

Social engagement

Talk to a friend every day. Or reach out to a stranger. Smile.

Sleep                      

Always get enough sleep for your body. Everyone is different. Listen to your body and give it the rest it needs.

Contact with nature

Humans are hard-wired for daily contact with nature. Our emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing depends on it. How?
Walk in a park. Sit under a tree. Tend a garden. Barefoot at the beach. Even viewing nature through a window helps. Use all your 5 senses.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Grant
psychologist

Jenny is an experienced and committed psychologist. You will often find her playing handball in the ITH carpark or making a mess in our kitchen with all the vegetables she eats.

Finding our presence. We are complex beings, with amazing and constantly racing minds brimming with thoughts, feelings and ideas. Learning to still and quieten that racing, enables us to access the deeper part of ourselves that might be called ‘spirit’. Eckhart Tolle refers to being in an ‘alert space’ where we can find ‘the presence behind the person’.
“The first wealth is health” Ralph Waldo Emmerson

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