Mental Health Awareness
We all have those days when we wake up feeling a little worse for wear and it’s difficult to lift our spirits. It happens to the best of us- we’re only human! That’s why we’re exploring how you can manage your emotions and whether food affects mood.
Want to know how our mood and emotions affect our weight? Read on as we reveal the connections between mood and food.
Check out the video below where NHS Doctor, Dr Frankie Jackson-Spence shares her tips on living a happy life to improve your mental health.
How does mood affect our daily life?
Nowadays, we don’t prioritise our happiness as much as we deserve. We don’t often look at how our mental health can be affecting our lives, but maybe it’s about time we did. The connection between our mental health and our physical health is strong because our mood can affect us in so many ways; from our brain and our body to the relationships we have with our loved ones.
The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot to cheer us up. Even something as little as finding a £1 in your supermarket trolley, or having a delicious sweet treat can boost our mood .
What’s the connection between mood and food?
Using food as an occasional treat or reward isn’t such a bad thing. Food should be celebrated after all! But, when we start to habitually use food as a coping strategy, rather than tackling the issue at hand, problems can occur and we quickly find ourselves stuck in a bit of a rut .
See, when we’re emotional eating, we’re not usually physically hungry. More likely, we’re eating to dampen how we feel. We also tend to reach for high calorie, high fat or sweet foods that create a temporary satisfaction. Soon after, once we’ve realised what we’ve done, we often experience negative feelings, like guilt and shame – you see how quickly this can become an endless cycle?