Just like keeping our bodies fit helps us stay strong and fight off disease, keeping our minds fit helps us stave off mental illness and keeps us feeling good. Regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status, mental illness can take a toll on anyone’s life. In fact, The Scientific American reports that mental illness is even more common than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Fortunately, adopting a lifestyle that’s centred on self-care can go a long way to help keep your brain healthy. Here are some tips to get you started.
Stop Overworking Yourself
Job burnout is a common cause of mental distress, resulting in depression, anxiety, and even physical exhaustion. It occurs when we take on too much at work and put excessive pressure on ourselves. Pay attention to the following signs of burnout so you can take action to protect your mental health:
Are you nourishing yourself at every level? Body, mind and spirit?
Hi, I am Krystal, owner of Little Bird Holistics Ltd. and a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™.
My training in nutrition included a number of specialties including autoimmune and gut health but my passion for self-care and cancer-care is where my heart lies.
My true calling is working with women like myself. I was a busy mom, working full time and trying to meet everyone's needs first. Hustling hard, I was soon trying to pour from an empty cup. Sound familiar???
Next came a kick in the ass in the form of cancer. What a way for my body to make me slow the F* down. With burn out and cancer came many realizations for me and, many choices.
• I chose to no longer be a victim in my body
• I chose to become a cancer thriver and not a cancer survivor
Wondering about what I do as a Holistic Nutrition professional?
Graduates like myself, from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN), are dedicated holistic nutrition professionals who educate individuals about the health benefits of natural nutrition. Holistic nutrition is a special combination of modern science and time-tested wisdom based on the philosophy that each person has unique nutritional requirements.
I am trained to recognize that the interactive mind-body-spirit factors are specific to each client and that each must be addressed in order for the client to feel and remain well.
I am Certified in Holistic Nutrition; I typically evaluate my clients’ nutritional needs by identifying symptoms that indicate health imbalances. I then provide individualized health plans, which include nutrient-dense whole foods, lifestyle recommendations and/or natural source supplements in order to help bring the client’s health back to a state of equilibrium. I assess my clients’ health thro...
Perhaps it sounds "crunchy" but, I truly believe that a healthy life is all about balance.
I am slowly regaining mine or, maybe I actually was never truly in balance before?
Cancer survivors often talk about a "new normal" post-treatment. For me, I am working on balance in my body, mind and spirit; a holistic approach. This is my "new normal"; finding happy.
Currently I am pursuing my studies as a Holistic Nutrition Practitioner/Consultant. I am more aware now of my actions and their effects on myself and the people and world around me. I am more aware of how my body runs as a complex machine and how to fuel it for peak performance on physical, cognitive an emotional levels. I love learning about the neurological and physiological relationships that exist in our bodies and how nutrition impacts and supports these interactions and functions. It is like magic and science all rolled up in one.
And it really does prove; you can not pour from an empty cup.