Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

Being active – helps release endorphins (happiness)
Being active is not just about exercise and muscle building it is about feeling an enormous sense of well-being. You will feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories and feel more relaxed and positive about yourself and your life. It is also a powerful support for common mental health challenges. Some activities you may like to do are:

• Listening &/or dancing to music
• Boxing
• Walking
• Riding your bike

Eating healthy foods – helps fight off the inflammation in your brain that may lead to mental health problems
Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety & stress are some of the most common health problems in Australia, with 1 in 4 people experiencing them at some point. An important area to consider to help yourself is your eating habits. Here is a list of 10 feel good foods:

• Dark leafy greens like spinach and broccoli
• Walnuts
• Avocados
• Berries like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries
• Mushrooms
• Onions, garlic, chives, shallots
• Tomatoes
• Beans
• Seeds – sunflower, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds
• Apples

Also oily fish like trout, salmon, mackerel and sardines may be beneficial for your health.

Other foods that have valuable nutrition for your health are lean chicken, turkey, beef, brown rice, fish, milk, eggs, cheese, bananas, pumpkin and potato.

Sugar is everywhere in our diets – try to keep your sugar levels balanced as studies show it has a detrimental effect on brain cells and may be a contributing factor that leads to mental health issues.
For more information check out these links:

• Sugar and Mental Health – A toxic combination
• That Sugar Film-
• Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Rush-

Staying motivated – remind yourself why it is important to you
It is easier said than done. After all depression, anxiety & stress kills motivation, energy, interest and focus. Some ideas to help keep you motivated:

• Set the bar low – when you’re depressed, you’re not functioning at your usual 70-90% rather you’re sitting somewhere closer to 20%
• Set small specific goals
• Practise self-compassion
• Ask for help
• Think about how you will feel after you have completed the task
• Make the goal to do it, not enjoy it
• Pat yourself on the back for stepping out of your comfort zone
• Take up a hobby
• Art therapy
• Structure your day – stay busy

Some free apps available that may help you lead a healthier lifestyle:

• The Happiness Trap – with Dr Russ Harris –
• Fight Depression Naturally – 60+ tips & foods –
• Diary – Mood Tracker –
• Pacifica –
• 5 minutes to peace – Stop., Breathe, Think –
• Smiling Mind – free guided meditation –
• The Check – in App developed by beyondblue –
• Calm –
• Mindshift –
• What’s Up –