Positive mental health contributes to your overall well-being

Last month there was an important date in the health calendar – Mental Health Day 2019.  For many, it probably meant nothing but for others, it was a day to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilise efforts in support of mental health throughout Ireland.

Your mental health is an important part of your overall wellbeing and how you function in your life as a whole.

Positive mental health contributes to your overall wellbeing and is experienced when you can realise your own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to your community.

It is normal and natural to feel down at times. Problems you may encounter might range from general everyday worries or low periods in your life, to more serious long-term conditions. One in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty in our lifetime. Everyone is different and how we respond to mental health difficulties can vary from person to person.

A message on mental health from our friend, Brent Pope…

‘be the colour in someone else’s rainbow…”

I think the secret is to know that nobodies life is ever perfect, that almost all of us are touched with mental health issues at some stage in our lives. My weakness has  become my strength, I no longer cower in shame and guilt, words that I used to describe myself often in my life. I have been brave enough to know when i needed help, when I needed to talk, when I needed a shoulder to cry on, and I continue to seek help when I feel that I am in trouble.
Life is about change, it is about coming to a place where you can be content with who you are and where you are. To be grateful for what you have, and to give back, be the colour in someone else’s rainbow. I will be forever learning more about myself, and that is a positive thing, we can never stop learning about who we are.


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About the Author

Emma Buckley

Emma Buckley

Emma is the Director of Nutrition and co-founder of GourmetFuel®. She has developed an entire range of health meals and meal plans to compliment healthy living and fuel performance. Emma Buckley B.Sc RNutr, is a Registered Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition, from Dublin, Ireland. A UCD graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry a Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health and a Higher Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. In almost two decades as a nutritionist she has worked with some of Ireland’s most well known food and health brands. She is an international keynote conference speaker on nutrition and health. She has worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes and coaches covering all track, field and combat sports at the highest levels. Her understanding of how food and the body work together along with a team of gourmet chefs, helps GourmetFuel create a beautiful range of healthy, delicious meals. Emma specialises in weight management, sports nutrition and maternal/postnatal and infant nutrition.

What the experts from SHINE say…

Your recovery from a mental health illness is unique to you, what works for one person may not work as well for another.
Recovery is an ongoing process. Don’t worry if you have ups and downs and setbacks.
Shine’s tips to help with the recovery process:
– Try to structure your day.

– Be kind to yourself.

– Remember that mental health problems are normal, and nothing to be ashamed of.

– Find someone to talk to.

– Find out about local support groups.

– Try to eat well and drink less alcohol.

– Rest when you need to.

– Embrace your individuality.

People can and do recover!

Food plays a big part in how you feel.  Find out how the right nutrition can help.  Contact us today and speak with a real expert nutritionist.

Some expert tips from the team at GourmetFuel

  • Sleep!  Most of us need to sleep well to help our bodies recover from the day and to allow healing to take place.
  • Talk to someone! 
  • Exercise – but outside exercise, go out to the beautiful nature.
  • Eat foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids like fish, walnuts and green leafy vegetables.
Almost half of Irish people have never talked to someone about their mental health so remember to be there for people, listen to them, show you care, give them a hug. 
If you would like to speak with a health specialist, we’d love to help you.
Contact us today and arrange your own complimentary consultation.
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