We all know that keeping yourself mentally healthy is just as important as keeping yourself physically well and following the ms diet. The two are inextricably linked and are constantly impacting each other in thousands of different ways!
Stress has been linked to poor gut health and often to the development of illness. Poor eating habits has been linked to depression and anxiety! There are numerous studies that confirm that if we are in a healthy and stable place mentally, we have a better chance of staying physically well for longer.
So the question is, how do we maintain great mental health? It’s simpler than you would think actually! Our mental health is closely related to the everyday things that we build into our schedules. A walk in the park during lunch, five minutes to close our eyes and breathe when things get too busy or an uplifting call with a good friend. How about a game of golf on the weekend or a few hours to do a painting?
Here are a few things I do to keep myself mentally healthy:
Gentle Exercise – walking, stretching, planks
Breathing & Meditation
Baking – MS diet style
Sorting out the house and reorganising things
Connecting with like-minded people
These ‘everyday acts’ are going to be different for everyone and we all need to discover what works for us. However, we need to be intentional about doing them everyday. This is the key!
In this podcast I interview Psychologist Rachael Hunter. Rachael has had MS for seven years and after a difficult start, started following the OMS protocol. She is able to live a completely normal, healthy life and is very involved in spreading the word that managing MS holistically is possible. In this podcast, Rachel shares her wisdom on mental health, her own struggles and provides some brilliant practical advice on how to stay mentally healthy. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!
You can listen to it here: