My Approach to Achieving Great Mental Health

matt janes neuroscientist and nutritionist
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My Approach to Achieving Great Mental Health

If you’ve read my previous article, ‘A New Paradigm for Mental Health‘, you’ll know that I’ve experienced depression three times in my life. Each time, it was sufficiently severe to interrupt my career. On the first two occasions, I left my job, and on the third, I sold my business. It was after this third occasion when I started the journey to repurpose my life.

Before studying the mind, brain and body, during each of these depressive episodes, I had absolutely no idea how to improve my mental health. As a result, I was completely disempowered. It even took me some time to acknowledge to myself that I was suffering from depression. But once I did, I knew only one route to try to regain my mental health; visiting my GP. I believe that this is the position that the vast majority of people find themselves in when they’re struggling.

Compounding the problem is the limited options GPs have to help us. On every occasion, I was offered antidepressants, nothing else. Of course, this isn’t the fault of my GP, or yours, it’s a much larger, systemic problem. Did you know that the first antidepressants were formulated in the 1950s from compounds found in left over German World War II bombs? During the 70 years since then, psychiatric medication has remained the first line treatment for mental illness. All of these medications try to resolve mental illness by targeting the activity of neurotransmitters in your brain.

My studies in neuroscience have taught me that the brain plays an important role in mental illness. But I’ve also learned that this is only part of the story. To believe that depression is caused only by depleted levels of serotonin or norepinephrine is far too reductionist for my liking. Yes, these neurotransmitters play a role, but so too does inflammation. And your autonomic nervous system (learn all about this system in my online course, Thrive). And your beliefs, your thoughts and your daily activities, including your diet, movement and exercise.

These means that, when you’re looking to regain and retain your mental health, there ARE things you can do, other than visiting your GP. You CAN become empowered. You just need to know what to do and I’m going to teach you. In my articles and courses, I’ll provide you with all the knowledge you need to achieve exceptional mental health.

At the time of writing, I’m expanding my bank of articles, so in the meantime, check out my approach to achieving great mental health by taking my free burnout course. Simply pop your details into the form on this page, which will take you straight to my mini-course, which includes 7 videos and 3 downloadables, all completely free of charge. You’ll learn more about me and my teaching style, as well as lots of important information for making sure stress doesn’t cause you to burn out. There are even some downloadable breakfast recipes to properly fuel your brain and body for the day ahead.

If you enjoy that course, the next natural step is to take my very special online course, Thrive. Over the expertly designed curriculum of 38 videos, I’ll teach you both the science and the practical tools you need to calm your anxiety and to beat stress. It’s an exceptional foundation for understanding how to achieve great mental health. There’s nothing else like it, anywhere online.

I hope that this has been a useful introduction for you. Make sure that you check out my article, 4 Steps to Mental Health, it’ll give you a nice, simply roadmap for how you can achieve exceptional mental health.

All the best, Matt

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