Why Your Mood Issues May Be Linked to Your Lifestyle Habits

There are many different things that can bring us down and throw us into a heart-breaking state of melancholy or agitation, if not outright depression and crippling anxiety. Sometimes, traumatic events in our lives have laid us low, while other times, it’s the uncertainty about the future that haunts us. 
At other times, however — and perhaps more often than people tend to realize — our mood disorders can be intimately linked to our lifestyle choices. 
If you’ve been feeling bad for an extended period of time, maybe you need to pamper yourself with a new plush sofa dropped off at your door by a furniture delivery site. But maybe you also need to review your lifestyle habits closely, and with a scrutinizing gaze, and make some changes. 
Here are some reasons why your mood issues may be linked to your lifestyle habits.
Blood sugar issues from improper nutrition can cause depression and anxiety 
Many people who aren’t classified as diabetic, nonetheless experience the condition known as reactive hypoglycaemia — a sharp drop in blood sugar a couple of hours after eating a meal. 
Low blood sugar, in general, can cause agitation, anxiety, brain fog, physical weakness, anger, mood swings, and depression. 
Unfortunately, doctors often don’t think about the possible dimension of blood sugar imbalances when dealing with patients who have mood disorders, and are all too often prone to prescribing antidepressants and other potent medication (often with powerful side-effects) as a routine practice. 
To see if blood sugar issues may be at the heart of your condition, however, try the following simple test. 
For one week, eat a big, balanced breakfast of carbs, fat and protein as soon as you wake up, focusing on low GI carbs like whole grains, as well as healthy sources of sugar — meaning fruit. Eat every 2-3 hours during the day, so that you never feel hungry. If, after a week, your mood improves dramatically, you’re onto a winner. 
A lack of sleep completely ruins your hormones and health 
People often cut back on sleep in order to make more time for their chores, hobbies, and work. This is a devastatingly bad idea, as sleep is one of the most fundamentally important things for our health and wellbeing. 
Researchers have found that shift workers who don’t get adequate, restful sleep, experience shrinkage in key areas of their brains. While even moderate sleep deprivation for a week can ruin blood sugar control, to the point of putting you in the “prediabetic” bracket.
Get as much sleep as you need each night to feel rested. You’ll feel like a whole new person. 
Too much time sitting down drains your vitality
Sitting all day has been described by some as “the new smoking.” While that may be a little bit hyperbolic, there is ample evidence that a sedentary daily routine can cause dramatic health complications, reduced energy levels, and low mood.
Make a point of getting up and walking around for at least a few minutes every hour. Go outside every day for a decent chunk of time. And get a dedicated physical exercise session in, too.
All of this can have a dramatic impact on your well-being.
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