Thursday, October 16, 2008

How Food Can Affect One's Mood


Our body is like a chemistry set. What you eat will thus affect its chemistry balance. Sugary foods will make you feel sluggish while an orange can wake you up. Your day's mood will be afftected by what you eat.

Food for Good Mood

- Vegetables
- Fruits
- Nuts
- Egg whites
- Non-fat diary products
- Whole grains
- Beans
- Fish

Food to Avoid

- Caffeine foods
- Alcohol
- Refined sugar
- White flour

How Does Exercise Play a Part in Mental Wellness


Exercising not only makes you look better, feel better and also keeps you sane. Exercising makes you happy. Reason being, your body release endomorphin that reduces tension and stress; leaving behind a more relaxed and hapier, mentally healthier you.

Psychological Benefit of Exercising

- Reduce daily and chronic stress
- Alleviae Depression
- Enhance Moood
- Enhance Self Confidence
- Enhance Mental Alertness
- Increase your sense of mental well-being

What Promotes Mental Wellness


Working on both your BODY and MIND promotes mental wellness.


* Eat well - Go for fresh and natural food.
* Be active - Take part in any form of activities that you enjoy either indoor or outdoor, solo or
group, sweat or no sweat.
* Sufficient sleep - Known as the foundation of total wellness. It helps to re-energize every cell in
your body

Mind and Body


* Appreciate yourself. Accept your strength and weakness.

* Learn to relax and slow down. Try this: Close your eyes, then inhale and exhale gradually. Feel much better?
* Share your problems. It won't cause you any harm, yet it could help to solve your problems.

What Triggers Mental Disorder

Mental Disorder

Physical Causes

- Individual genetic makeup
- Misuse of substance
- Long period of poor nutrition
- Aftermath of illness

Social & Environmental Causes

- Absence of support network (friends/family)
- Unsuited living environment
- Work stress

Psychological Factors

- Traumatic/abusive past or current experience
- Divorce
- Unresolved personal issues

What is Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is viewed as a positive attribute and emotional well-being that an individual can cope and live life positively. This is increasingly important in view of the fast-paced environment we live in.

The following are common types of mental disorders which are signs that mental well-being is at risk:

Anxiety Disorder -

Respond to specific objects or situations with feelings of fear or increased heart rate or perspirations.

Mood Disorders -

Persistent feelings of extreme happiness or sadness that fluctuates uncontrollably.

Psycholic Disorde -

Distorted awareness, thinking or hearing "voices"

Eating Disorder -

Involves extreme attitudes or habits involving food and extreme weight loss over a short period of time.

Addiction Disorder -

Inability to resist urges to certain activities, for example, gamblings, starting fires, stealing or cutting oneself

Personality Disorder -

Having extreme inconsistently personality traits that stresses the person or people around

Tic Disorder -

Repeatedly create sounds, display of some movement quickly, suddendly or uncontrollably.