EP 18: Lifestyle Choices That Can Improve Mental Health – Part 1

EP 18: Lifestyle Choices That Can Improve Mental Health – Part 1

EP 18: Lifestyle Choices That Can Improve Mental Health – Part 1

Published On: January 24, 2024
Published On: January 24, 2024

Let’s talk about something important that affects 43% of Aussies between 16 and 85 years old – mental health. That’s equivalent to approximately eight and a half million people – a staggering statistic.

In this 2-part Mental Health Series, Dr. Gina Cleo and Dr. Ross Walker address mental health, and its current impact on society, not just in Australia, but worldwide.

But the best part is– they’re not just talking about how mental health affects people; they’re talking about how the things we do every day, like what we eat and how we move, can make a big difference.

Yes, according to evidenced-based research, your lifestyle choices affect your mental health.

In part 1 of this mini series, our hosts explore two major lifestyle factors that can improve mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression: nutrition and regular exercise.

Dr. Cleo talks about the evolving space of “nutritional psychiatry”  and how research has shown that eating a certain way, like the Mediterranean diet, can make our minds feel better. Dr. Walker agrees and dives deeper into key nutrients such as omega-3s found in fish, nuts, and seeds.

Then, exercise is discussed in detail, citing a large study from the University of South Australia that found physical activity 1.5 times more effective than counseling or leading medications for depression, anxiety, and psychological distress in all adult populations.

The episode finishes with simple strategies you can apply to add more movement to your routine.

So, if you want to know how your lifestyle choices can make your mind feel good, this episode is for you!

Be sure to tune into PART 2 next week, as sleep and stress management are discussed!

Episode Highlights:

  • 00:00 Coming up 
  • 04:52 Understanding Mental Health and Anxiety
  • 10:06 Exploring Mental Health Concerns and Breaking Stigma
  • 14:28 The Link Between Mental Health and Nutrition for Improved Well-being
  • 18:43 The Influence of Diet on Depression, Highlighting the Mediterranean Diet’s Advantages
  • 23:03 Omega-3 Supplements: Their Mental Health Benefits
  • 27:52 Impact of the Mediterranean Diet on Mental Well-being
  • 32:47 Nourishment, Movement, and Mental Health Harmony
  • 36:59 Enhancing Mental Health and Physical Well-being
  • 41:55 Lifestyle Choices for Mental Health, from Walking Meetings to Smart Food Decisions

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