Advice that John gives people
You would not put petrol into a diesel engine and expect it to work. Similarly, the more chemicals that you put into your brain, the less likely it is to function well for you. Identify a short and achievable period of time (4-6 weeks) and reduce or avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and all mood altering chemicals (particularly illegal ones). If you are a heavy smoker or chemical user, you may need to consult your doctor for a managed detoxification program.
You should also eat your food in as natural a state as possible, avoiding processed foods. Slow energy release, complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal and brown bread/ rice/pasta will help to regulate the mood swings caused by their high sugar alternatives. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and drink at least one litre of water a day.
Get seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night. Work toward reduced stress, and balance in all things in life. Be open and honest in your communication with others. Do not bottle up (even the smallest of ) issues. Small issues accumulate over time, and can cause very significant stress in relationships, and in life.
Do 40 minutes of moderate exercise twice a week. It doesn’t matter what you do, provided you sweat, and challenge your body. Exercise produces endorphins in the brain that are nature’s anti-depressants and research shows that it has a positive impact on mental health (particularly for people with depression and anxiety). Consult your doctor before engaging in exercise if necessary.
We all need a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Have a goal, a meaning or a purpose. It will help you to motivate yourself, and keep you moving forward in life. Sometimes something as simple as owning a pet can be enough responsibility to get people out of bed in the morning. For others, it is work, college, family or community service. Some find purpose and meaning in faith. Find whatever works for you.