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Gut Health and Mental Health

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Trust your gut, listen to your gut and what’s your gut feeling about this. Are all sayings that make no sense when you think about it. I mean what kind of impact can the gut have on our thoughts and feelings? Well, a lot more than we realised with it being said that our digestive system is our second brain and can impact us more than we first thought. But how does our gut health impact our brain and can improving our gut health help our mental health?

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What Does High Functioning Mental Illness Look Like?

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We’re slowly releasing more Mental Health Profiles and the aim of this series is to show people that there is no one size fits all approach to having a mental illness. Most recently we have had two profiles looking at people who experience what they considered high functioning mental illness and because of that they felt that they couldn’t get help.

Mental illnesses are on a spectrum on one end you have people who suffer with them but require minimal treatment or intervention in the middle you have people who will require ongoing treatment and interventions and on the other end you have people who will require major interventions and treatment (including hospitalisation). You can slide on the spectrum depending on various circumstances which is all apart of life.

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Alcohol and Mental Health

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It seems like everything can have an impact on your mental health so over the coming weeks we are going to look at various factors that can have an impact on your mental health including drugs, sleep, diet, gut health and exercise. To start we we will be starting with alcohol, this follows on from last week's post looking at whether drinking has increased due to the pandemic. 

It is currently estimated that in 2020 approximately 66.4% of the adult population drink alcohol in an average 4 weeks. This is actually dropping from 73.5% in 2006 and 68.2% in 2015. Despite this alcohol is the most common drug treated in AOD (alcohol and other drugs) treatment centers. With 1 in 5 adults dealing with a mental illness there is bound to be some overlap with people drinking to manage their mental illness. 

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Chronic Health Conditions and Mental Health

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A lot of things can impact your mental health but a big one is chronic health conditions. A Chronic health condition is anything that can be defined as lasting over a year and requires ongoing treatment and/or limits your daily activities. Examples of chronic health conditions include things like diabetes, mental illness, consistent pain, skin conditions like eczema, asthma, and allergies. It is estimated that half of all Australians have at least one chronic health condition with many having multiple (the chances of which increase as people age).

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What is Burnout and How to Prevent It

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Last week we mentioned burnout in our fireside chat and I realised that we don’t talk about burnout or how to prevent it enough.

Burnout is the state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. It can impact all areas of your life and can even cause physical symptoms such as a weakened immune system which will leave you prone to catching colds, flus and various other illnesses which may linger longer than usual, increased heart rate and insomnia. 

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