NCDS 365: DAY 118 – DAY 121 MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND SUMMARY OF APRIL

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Day 118 of 365

PROTECTING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH TIP 5- Eat a good meal.
What you eat nourishes your whole body, including your brain. Carbohydrates (in moderate amounts) increase serotonin, a chemical that has been shown to have a calming effect on your mood. Protein-rich foods increase norepinephrine, dopamine, and tyrosine, which help keep you alert. And vegetables and fruits are loaded with nutrients that feed every cell of your body, including those that affect mood-regulating brain chemicals. Include foods with Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (found in fish, nuts, and flaxseed.) Research shows that these nutrients can improve mood and restore structural integrity to the brain cells necessary for cognitive function.

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PROTECTING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH TIP 6-Go to bed on time.
A large body of research has shown that sleep deprivation has a significant negative effect on your mood. Try to go to bed at a regular time each day, and practice good habits to get better sleep. These include shutting down screens for at least an hour before bed, using your bed only for sleep or relaxing activities, and restricting caffeinated drinks for the morning.

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Day 120 of 365

PROTECTING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH TIP 7- Take a break.
In those moments when it all seems like too much, step away, and do anything but whatever was stressing you out until you feel a little better. Sometimes the best thing to do is a simple breathing exercise: Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. For each one, count to four as you inhale, hold it for a count of four, and then exhale for another four. This works wonders almost immediately.

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Day 121 of 365

SUMMARY OF APRIL.
During the month of April we focused on COVID 19 and it’s direct link to NCDS. We have learnt about extra precautions to take for our NCDS community and we learnt about how to boost our immune system and how to protect ourselves.
We latter moved on to talk about mental health in times of COVID 19.We learnt about different forms of mental health and we also learned on tips to prevent and keep our mental health safe.
The key message for today is relax, breathe, be grateful, we are going to go through these hard times and we are going to survive and not only that, we will thrive!

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