How to Maintain Your Mental Health Naturally After 50

As you hit half a century, you are at a stage where many health issues might arise, not as an account of you being frail but because you are ageing. Conditions like depression and other mental illnesses become more likely and you need to find ways of keeping your mind in top condition.

A healthy lifestyle where you eat well, sleep well, and exercise will go a long way in keeping your mind strong to resist and fight ailments. To add to that here are some natural measures that may help prevent and reduce the symptoms of mental illnesses.

Meditation

It can be traced to Buddhism. Today it is widely accepted by mainstream medicine as a useful tool to combat some mental illnesses. Far from being a thing or fad, meditation is proving to be effective in preventing and treating various mental issues. When you think about it, that’s a lot of benefits of doing nothing, although meditation isn’t really doing nothing.

According to Harvard Health, mindfulness meditation can ease anxiety and mental stress. However, there is little evidence to suggest that meditation is as effective for those who have undergone a positive DSM diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Omega 3

It is an essential body fat, which the body cannot produce. To meet the demand for this crucial nutrient you need to consume tuna, salmon, as well as some nuts. Omega 3 fatty acids play a key role in the growth of the body and for older people; functioning of the brain. If you take enough omega 3, you are boosting the health of your brain and its ability to fight mental illnesses. Omega 3 is also known to increase the effectiveness of medications for mental illnesses.

If you are still healthy, you significantly reduce your chances of suffering from the age-related decline of cognitive health. This includes diseases like Alzheimer’s as well as dementia. There have been indications that sufferers of depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder might suffer fewer symptoms if they take more omega 3 in tandem with their prescription medication. The best part is, it won’t cost you anything apart from buying tuna for dinner to get this important nutrient for your brain.

St John’s Wort

Extracts from this plant in capsule, tablet, liquid extract or oil form are believed to help fight depression. Though this remedy is not recommended on its own, when it is used in mild to moderate depression you will find the symptoms lessening, and in some circumstances, they might disappear.

In European countries, its use is widespread, sometimes as a prescription drug. According to the National Institute of Health, you should not use this as an alternative to depression medication or with other depression medications. Mayo Clinic recommends taking one to three 800 milligram tablets daily for between four weeks and a year for mild depression. For severe depression, the recommended dosage is the same but for a minimum of 8 weeks.

Acupuncture

It is a traditional Chinese healing technique where thin needles are used to stimulate specific points. Acupuncture is only done by skilled practitioners, and despite the needles, it’s mostly painless. This method of treatment has been tested on patients suffering from depression and shown a level of effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of both mild and chronic cases. It also works for anxiety where it aids respiration and reduces symptoms.

Acupuncture also helps in relieving stress. While stress is not a mental disease, it leads to many diseases and conditions, both mental and physical. As a result, you might find your doctor recommending these sessions. Apart from depression, acupuncture has several other benefits as you can find here. Note that going for sessions when you are totally healthy is not common practice. Various studies have shown that acupuncture is safe and has a host of benefits. While it is a simple procedure, it will leave you feeling better and rarely interferes with prescription medication.

Conclusion

Natural remedies and preventive measures, though effective and even time-tested, should not replace a psychiatrist’s or doctor’s diagnosis and prescription. Indeed, a visit to the therapist is still effective. Most of these remedies are not subject to the same stringent tests and studies that the FDA subjects drugs. As a result, the effectiveness for individuals shows some levels of variation.