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Eating and drinking and mental health

How does what we eat and drink affect our mental health?

The food and drink we consume powers our bodies and our brains, and the way we feel about ourselves, what we think about information around us and our emotional reactions to situations that arise can all be influenced by the levels of energy, nutrients and water that we get from our food and drink.

Sometimes what we choose to eat and drink is not as healthy as we would like it to be, and this means our brains and bodies do not have the vitamins and minerals they need to work at their best. We can feel sluggish or low, find it difficult to get good sleep, struggle to learn new skills and feel down about ourselves. 

And sometimes when we have mental health issues, such as dealing with stress or anxiety or bereavement, that can trigger a problem with food or drink, such as an addiction to alcohol or disordered eating. 

Our mental health can be helped by eating and drinking healthily and understanding how food and drink affects our brain chemicals and the way our brain works to control our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Able Futures could give you information on how what we eat and drink can affect our mental health, and help you learn healthier ways to eat and drink. Apply now for support from Able Futures.

How do I cope with eating and drinking problems?

Sometimes problems occur that mean our relationship with food and drink is disrupted.

We might start finding it difficult to relax, so try to use alcohol as a coping mechanism during times when we are feeling stressed or upset.

Or we might feel unsettled and unhappy about changes around us at work, in our relationship or at home with our family, and try to control our thoughts, feelings and emotions by controlling what we eat.

If we become so worried about what we eat and our bodies that we are unable to think about anything else, with things like our work, relationships and life at home disrupted, it may be that an eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa is affecting our mental health. 

And sometimes if we have a mental health problem it can be more difficult to maintain a healthy weight and the way we eat and drink is disrupted.

If you are struggling to control what you eat and drink, are worried about an addiction to food or drink, or want to learn how healthier eating and drinking can help your mental health, Able Futures could help you. Find out more about Able Futures and what it could do for you.

Able Futures could help you understand how food and drink affects your mood and your mental health, find ways to increase your motivation to eat a well balanced diet, access support for eating disorders or addictions and learn how to afford to eat well on a budget. 

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