In today's fast-paced world, where deadlines loom, expectations soar, and the demands of modern life seem never-ending, it's crucial to prioritise our mental well-being.
While self-care practices form the foundation of mental health, certain products and supplements available at your local Direct Chemist Outlet Pharmacy can provide additional support. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before introducing any new products or supplements into your routine.
Here are a few options worth exploring:
- Essential Oils: Lavender, chamomile, and bergamot essential oils are known for their calming properties. Diffusing them or incorporating them into your bath or massage routine may help promote relaxation1.
- Herbal Remedies: St. John's Wort and Valerian root are herbal supplements that have been traditionally used to support mood and reduce anxiety. These supplements should not be used to replace or be taken in combination of conventional care2. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate dosage and ensure they don't interfere with any existing medications.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish oil supplements, omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with improved mood and reduced symptoms of depression. Two omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are thought to have the most potential benefit for improving mood, with a ratio of at least 60% EPA relative to DHA3.
- B-Complex Vitamins: B vitamins, including B6, B12, and folic acid, are vital for neurological function and the production of neurotransmitters4. A deficiency in these vitamins may contribute to mood disorders4. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine if you could benefit from supplementation.
- Probiotics: Emerging research suggests a connection between gut health and mental health5. Probiotic supplements may help support a healthy gut microbiome, potentially influencing mood and stress responses5.
If you or someone you know is in an immediate risk of self-harm, dial triple zero (000).
If you are concerned about a friend or a loved one, ask them how you can help. The first step for them should be to see a doctor or other healthcare professional6.