We all know Thanksgiving is a great day to come together with friends and family to count our blessings and fill up on some much-needed comfort foods. But did you know the holiday can also be a wonderful benefit to your mental health?
The changing of seasons is perhaps no more evident than it is in November. Instead of tucking yourself away for the winter, make this time about rejuvenation and preparing for the new year. Here are 4 pro tips on maximizing the brain benefit of your turkey day. You’re probably doing a couple of these things already.
Let’s talk Turkey
Everyday scientist are finding more and more evidence for the link between mental health and sleep. Poor sleeping patterns can lead to an array of mental maladies including anxiety, depression, and stress. So, what produces an increased rate of sleepiness, a decrease in sleep latency and goes gobble gobble? Turkey! This holiday bird contains Tryptophan and Serotonin which can cause good sleep and stable moods. If you haven’t made sleep a mental health priority yet, jumpstart your journey to a better night sleep with a little help from this Thanksgiving treat.
The New Holiday Constant: Pumpkin Spice
Winter is Coming. But this means different things for different people depending where in the United States you reside. The Great Lakes region is preparing for their harsh season as residents of Florida and California are moving into their peak seasons. Regardless of your impending climate, you can count on an inundation of pumpkin spice everything. You can take pride in embracing the trend as there are brain benefits to the popular holiday flavor. Pumpkin Spice contains cinnamon, which is a superfood and antioxidant. As such, cinnamon can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and defend against cognitive decay. If you haven’t hopped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, try and get at least a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day to experience its brain benefits.
Taking a Mental Health Day with Friends and Family
Studies have shown that those that are blessed to have strong social connections with their family, friends, and/or their communities live longer happier lives. What’s more those without such meaningful relationships have a higher risk of experiencing cognitive decline and depression. Thanksgiving can be a great time to make new connections with those around you and develop existing relationships with the ones you love.
Mental Health Awareness
Combating the mental health epidemic our nation currently faces starts with Awareness of Mental Health issues. Use your time this November to evaluate the status of your mental health and to make the issue a priority with those you care most about.
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