Ad­vice that John gives peo­ple

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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.

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