Last year, Indian researchers published a study in the Journal of Medical Science and Clinical Research that outlines several lifestyle habits that can play a role in child mental health.
The researchers searched through research published between January 2000 and January 2014, specifically looking at studies focusing on diet and mental health.
What they discovered is that the research shows 4 lifestyle habits associated with poor mental health in children:
- Poor self care
- Lack of physical exercise
- Excessive TV and internet viewing
- Poor eating habits (emotional eating, comfort foods)
It is important that for us to have positive mental health, we need to pay attention to our physical health, too. Having a holistic, healthy lifestyle improves not only our physical health, but it may lead to improvements in our mental health, too.