What has lifestyle got to do with mental health? Everything! Lifestyle medicine is a scientific approach to reducing disease risk and illness burden by using lifestyle interventions such as improved nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction, rest and recreation, giving up smoking and other substances, and avoiding alcohol abuse. Health Psychology uses evidence-based psychological strategies to help people make lasting changes in the way they live to promote mental and physical health. Lifestyle Medicine and Psychology are a perfect marriage for health and lifestyle coaching. We can’t leave out relationships and having good social support is a critical ingredient for good health, so my Lifestyle Coaching also includes working on creating better relationships in all areas of your life.
I’m a bit of a science-nut, and with my Nursing background and membership of the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM), lifestyle coaching with me includes learning about the latest research on mind-body medicine and the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for optimum physical and mental health. If there is a magic bullet for improving mental health and overall health, a well-balanced gut microbiome could be it.