Infuse Issue 11 May 2020 | Page 9

One in five adults will experience mental ill-health throughout the year, which is a staggering statistic. Your mission is to help people become happier by teaching positive mental health strategies - what are some strategies you would recommend? "Social media is screaming at us that we must be perfect to be happy..." Our key pillars for wellbeing are gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. The research says that by practicing these things, you improve your mental health and feel happier. Your mental health is like any other skill, if you want to be good at it, you have to practise. The good news is it’s not a huge time investment. The simple practice of writing down three things that went well for you, completing a daily breathing exercise and looking out for opportunities to be kind to other people is all it really takes to start to feel changes. We're huge fans of the Imperfects podcast (our favourite was the interview with Ryan) where you talk about topics which are often considered taboo and really need to be talked about. By discussing them openly you provide comfort as we are able to connect and realise we are all the same struggling in some way with our imperfect lives. Which interview has provided you with the biggest lessons? article continues overleaf... Tune in to the Imperfects podcast about-us/podcast/ © Dietitian Connection 9 Infuse | May 2020