Mental Health and WFH: How a Healthy Diet Can Improve Your Mental Well-Being

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If you feel like working from home is affecting your mental health, you’re not alone. A survey by Nuffield Health found that 80% of Brits feel like their mental well-being has been negatively impacted since working from home.

Common problems with remote working include loneliness, difficulties ‘switching off’, and strained relationships with members of their household.

Despite these difficulties, it seems like many of us will be working from home for some time to come. However, there are some solutions to many of the WFH challenges. These include setting your working hours (and sticking to them!), keeping in regular contact with your colleagues, and making sure that your household are aware of your work routine.

One of the best things you can do to improve your WFH experience is to improve your overall mental well-being, and one of the best ways you can do this is by improving your physical health.

How Your Diet is Affecting Your Mental Health

Mind UK cites three main ways that improving your diet can improve your mental health. These are eating healthily can “improve your mood”, “give you more energy”, and “help you think more clearly”.

The Mental Health Foundation released some research in 2017 drawing some direct links between nutrients and brain function. A healthy diet, consisting of enough complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water, can encourage healthy neurotransmitter activity and protect the brain from oxidants. These two things encourage good mood and mental health.

In children, those with a healthy diet tend to perform better in school than their peers. This could be translated to employee productivity in adults.

A 2014 study also linked fruit and vegetables with high levels of mental wellbeing. Deficiencies in micronutrients have been linked to a number of mental illnesses. For example, insufficient amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 are linked with depression and memory problems. Increased consumption of these nutrients are even said to help control bipolar disorder. Looking at the side effects of nutrient deficiencies, stress and depression are common symptoms. This means that a healthy diet is vital if you want to look after your mental health.

It’s not just nutrients that are important for protecting our mental health, even gut health can impact our wellbeing. A study by Harvard suggests that whilst digestive problems are often caused by stress, anxiety and depression, the link between the brain and the gut means that a distressed gut can actually cause mental health problems too.

Given the impact diet can have on mental well-being, eating healthily is vital. It is particularly important when mitigating the impact of working from home.

How Snackcess Can Help

At Snackcess, we believe that healthy eating is key to unlocking the potential of employees.

In a world where unhealthy snacks are always available, we want to make it easier to eat healthily. We do this by sending boxes of healthy snacks to workplaces and employees working from home, which can be personalised by employers. As a result, this helps to improve the physical and mental health of employees, boost productivity and engagement, and improve the culture of your workplace.

We chose snacks that are filling, delicious, and nutritious. One of our favourites is Nooro flapjacks, which contain CBD and nootropics, to aid stress relief and improve concentration. We also include snacks that count towards your five-a-day, like Bear fruit yoyos, and high protein snacks like The Curators Beef Jerky. If you want to look after your gut health, Lo Bros Kombucha is a must have. It contains 75 million bio-cultures to help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut.

So, if you need a mental boost for you or your workplace, a box of healthy snacks can be a great way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle- both physically and mentally!

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