What is happening with our mental health? This is the question I ask myself when it comes to this ever-growing issue, especially in the context of our youth.
I’m not sure if it’s a combination of social media, device addiction, lack of sunlight and Vitamin E, or just the ability to openly discuss the issue like never before. It certainly seems to be a massive issue today and one that only seems to be increasingly challenging.
Great organisations and events such as World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and R U OK? Day (12 September) bring the issue into the light, with much-needed support from the media, but their focus is on treating issues such as anxiety, depression, and suicide rather than looking at the cause.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re definitely needed, but perhaps our focus should be more on what’s causing mental health issues rather than treating the symptoms?
When I was young, life was all about eating good food not fast food, getting outside, playing backyard cricket, swimming, enjoying the sun, catching waves, running, jumping, and getting the blood pumping. I could feel life coursing through my veins! No depression there.
Here in Australia, is there really any excuse for kids not enjoying the great outdoors, the sunshine, and the ocean? I’m no expert, but discussions with those who are certainly indicate that a healthy lifestyle, good food, exercise, and time in the sun can go a long way to changing your mood and outlook on life.
In this edition, Southern Cross University researcher Megan Lee shares her insights into how the food you eat can affect your mood and mental health.
Add this to my solutions above and we could certainly go a long way toward improving the mental health issues we’re suffering in Australia today.
Less Facebook, less Instagram, less Internet, and less computer games? More exercise, more sun, more endorphins, more fun, and more good food and we may have the answer to a lot of our mental health battles.
My hat goes off to Megan for her ground-breaking research. So next time you’re feeling down, consider some exercise and good food as of the solution — it certainly can’t hurt and worked wonders for past generations!