How to Adapt to This New Normal and Support Mental Health
By Nicole Eckert, Holistic Nutritionist and Owner + Founder of Holisticole
There is a lot of uncertainty in our world right now. Many of us are stuck indoors, practicing self-isolation, and adapting to new schedules on an unknown timeline. Plenty of unsettling thoughts are floating around with this global COVID-19 pandemic, and with prolonged periods spent at home, you may begin to experience the onset of boredom, in combination with some COVID-induced anxiety and depression.
While you should have some responsibilities to take up a few hours of your day, many of us are feeling pretty uninspired by this new normal. Energies and emotions run heavy right now for many people, and considering that one-in-ten people suffer from an anxiety disorder, it’s not unfair to say that we all need a little reminder on how to practice self-care, adapt to this ‘new normal’ and support our mental health at this time.
5 Ways to Adapt to This New Normal
Keep in Touch
Physical distancing has nearly eliminated our ability to physically connect with the people in our lives. Our social lives are quite different at this time, but keeping in touch with people that you value can help to beat these effects of isolation. Make staying in touch a priority. Schedule some video calls with friends and family and remember that we are all in this together.
What can you do to help someone else? Little acts of kindness during this time can make a big difference in someone’s life, and doing good for others will make you feel better too. Check in on your elderly neighbours, reach out to others who are in self-isolation, share positive news, and inspire others to practice compassion during this time.
Talk About It
How are you feeling? Try to remind yourself that this is a difficult time for everyone. There is plenty of uncertainty to go around. Sharing your feelings and your strategies to cope may just help a family member or friend too.
Now is an opportune time to spend time creating sustainable wellness practices. Open up a cookbook and make a healthy recipe from scratch, commit to a sleep schedule that allows 8-hours per night, hydrate your body, and maybe start an at-home exercise routine. You now have time to spend at home, so make the most of it (Netflix isn’t going anywhere).
There are many things that we are not in control of in our lives. Remind yourself what you are in control of: your attitude, how you react, how you speak to yourself, your personal boundaries, and the way you treat others. Do things that you enjoy during this time, and create a daily routine that you love.
Your body may be craving some additional support at this time, to adapt to this new normal. Now is an ideal time to nourish your body, and support your optimal well-being. The following boosters have multi-layered benefits from immune support, improved cognitive function, and balanced mood, all while encouraging nutritional wellness. If you’ve been struggling with your mental health during this period of isolation, you are not alone, and there are things that you can do to support yourself.
5 Boosters to Support Mental Health
Ideally we should be consuming leafy greens and other nutrient dense vegetables with every meal. Plant foods contain more than just fibre, vitamin C and B-vitamins. They also house powerful phytonutrients such as glucosinolates, flavonol and carotenoids. These active-ingredients have powerful effects on the immune system, microbiome, energy production, mood, and cognitive function. Nutrient dense foods boost your wellbeing on a cellular level, and support whole body wellness.
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A flourishing microbiome is an essential pillar to wellness. Healthy bacteria known as probiotics not only support immunity and digestion, they also play a role in how well you absorb and assimilate nutrients. Your gut is known as your 'second brain', and while it's not the seat of any conscious thoughts, your gut still contains more than 100 million neurons. When it comes to mental well-being, 90% of your serotonin is actually produced in your gut, not your brain. (1)
Find probiotics in whole foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kvass, natto, and kimchi and in supplement form for multi-strain diversity. The Friendly Trio is a blend of lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidum, and bifidobacterium longum. These three strains have been long researched as optimum for a balanced intestinal environment. Obtained from living human microorganisms, and perfected through decades of laboratory culturing. This probiotic supplement is also viable at room temperature, and unlike many other probiotics supplements, they do not need to be refrigerated.
Fish oil is rich in essential fatty acids, and is an ideal source of omega-3, a natural anti-inflammatory, supporter of cognitive health, and optimal brain chemistry. Since your body cannot produce omega fatty acids on its own, supplementation may be essential for your optimal health and balance (2). While you may be consuming foods with omega-3, many of us are not getting in the optimal balance of omega-6 and omega-3 in a 4:1 ratio (or less). Our modern diet is very rich in omega-6 fats, which are naturally found in yellow vegetable oils, almost every nut, seed, and grain, making it very easy (unless you are very aware) to over consume omega-6.
Balancing your fatty acid intake is one of the most powerful ways to decrease inflammation, which in turn supports almost every bodily system. Wild Omega 3 is a great natural source of essential fatty acids in a 3:2 ratio. Derived from wild fish body oil, each softgel contains 1000mg of cold-pressed and molecularly distilled sardine, mackerel, and anchovy oil ( 180mg of EPA and 120mg of DHA).
N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is a supplement of the amino acid cysteine, which is effective at stimulating the production of glutathione: a powerful antioxidant that supports liver detoxification and fights free radicals in the body. NAC is also a powerful supplement for cognitive health, and mood - supporting a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders (3).
NAC is also commonly used to reduce the inflammation and mucus in the lungs, this is useful for cases of chronic bronchitis and COPD. NAC works to break down mucus and replenish glutathione in the lungs, which reduces airway damage and breathing difficulties (4).
Enerex NAC 1000 offers 1000 milligrams of the natural, research-supported antioxidant in the highest potency available.
Working from home can have it’s challenges, during this time you may be looking for new ways to stay focused and engaged. Feeling mentally agile also helps keep you in a positive state. If you’re looking to eliminate the brain fog, improve your alertness, memory, recall and attention, there are plenty of natural botanicals which are known to enhance your cognitive performance.
Enerex Memoria contains the botanicals Vinpocetine, Bacopa Monnieri, Green Tea, Ginkgo Biloba and Phosphatidylserine. This brilliant combination will soon become your new work-from-home superstar and will soon earn a permanent spot on your desk in post-quarantine too.
While the circumstances that are keeping you home right now are not ideal, you can still use this time as an opportunity to learn and grow. Support and create positive change, There is no time like the present to invest some time in yourself. If at any point you feel like you need to talk to someone about your mental health, please know that there are people in your life that would be happy to talk. There are also resources such as Maple, which offers online therapy by live chat or video.
Stay strong, stay healthy - we’re all in this together.