Dream Crazier & Mental Wellbeing
Let’s be honest how many times have we been called “crazy” whether it’s by a colleague, a frenemy or a family member – Serena Williams’ latest Nike campaign got us thinking… so in this edition of the SW Lowdown (and in light of Mental Health Awareness Week) we want to dispel what’s driving us CRAZY!?!
Mental Health awareness week in the UK is a much needed movement highlighting that 1 in 5 people will be affected by a mental health issue within their lifetime. It’s important to recognise there is a higher proportion of women and people from BAME communities reporting mental health issues – ladies, lets talk!
UK Mental Health
Sadly within certain communities and environments mental health has often been stigmatised, so pioneering movements such as mental health awareness week, encourages people to think about these important wellbeing issues and to speak freely about it with family, friends and colleagues – It really is good to talk.
Depression and Anxiety are the most frequently reported mental health problems amongst women – if you feel depressed or anxious - speak with someone or consult a healthcare professional – (see below for some guidance.)
Here comes the science part…
At StealthyWoman we strongly advocate taking time for #selfcare – go on girl do you!
We often think of vitamin D solely for better bone health, but research shows that our mental health can also be affected by vitamin D deficiency. Scientific research has proven that getting outdoors and physical activity improves mood. Natural sunlight exposure which produces Vitamin D as a hormone helps the body absorb calcium which not only improves bone density, but mood too! – who knew?!
Studies have suggested that Vitamin D3 affects the immune system which releases neurotransmitters (e.g. dopamine, serotonin) that affect brain function development and mood regulation! This has also been attributed to help with SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) in winter..
Vitamin D as a hormone assists with the absorption of calcium, helping to build strong bones, teeth and muscles. ... Several studies have suggested that the symptoms of SAD may be due to changing levels of vitamin D3, which may affect serotonin levels in the brain
Regardless of cause, deficiency of vitamin D has significant medical and psychological consequences. ... In addition to its well-known role in calcium absorption, vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters (e.g.dopamine, serotonin) that affect brain function and development.
Studies show that depressed patients can also be vitamin D deficient, and the amount of research linking vitamin D and depression is growing.
Selfcare – SelfHelp – DO YOU!
So the next time you are feeling blue .. take some time outdoors everyday – walk, skip, run, dance, meditate its your wellness journey live it for you (ideally between 11am-3pm daily) to get the best safe sun exposure and see how you feel - #taketimeforyou
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If you think you need professional advice about your mental wellbeing please: Visit your doctor Or contact:
Mind: provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem
Call: 0300 123 3393
call: 116 123 free phoneline
Wellbeing Connect Services: A black and ethnic mental health charity in London for people and families experiencing mental health issues
Mental health Foundation: Help people to thrive through understanding protecting and sustaining their mental health