Lisa Dunbar's health hacks: Keep your mental health in check

Some tips from the Dundalk-based health and nutrition coach

Lisa Dunbar


Lisa Dunbar


It is reported that 1 in every 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some stage in their life. Three years ago, I became one of those ‘1 in 4’ when I developed anxiety. 

However, I actually believe the figure is much higher than this. All of us, at some stage in our lives, will be worried, stressed or just feeling down about the way things are going for us. This can have a huge impact on our mental health.

Personally, I feel that the growing number of people facing mental health challenges is simply a result of modern day life.

Fast-paced, stressful, demanding, modern day life. And in the same way that we need to look after our physical health, it’s becoming increasingly important to look after our mental health day-to-day. 

So, every month I am going to give you a few tips on some very simple things you can do to make a positive contribution towards your mental health!

Eat a Banana

Did you know that bananas can help improve your mood!? Apart from the obvious fact of being a fruit and therefore really healthy and good for you, they can actually help our bodies to produce serotonin, otherwise known as our “happy hormone”!

Be Good Enough  

As a self-confessed perfectionist, I used to run myself into the ground trying to achieve perfection all the time. It’s still important to me to have high standards, but I’ve realised that striving for perfection in all aspects of life is not healthy! Anyway, perfection is a myth! So let’s stop beating ourselves up for being less than perfect because good enough is good enough! 

Go Outside 

We all kind of know that being in nature is good for us. That’s because our bodies intuitively know the powerful impact nature can have on our health and happiness, helping to reduce feelings of fear, anger, and stress, and making us feel more relaxed. So what are you waiting for…let’s go outside! 

Be Kind 

There’s a great saying that we rise up by lifting others. Acts of kindness towards others, no matter how small, make us feel good. FACT! Many believe this is because subconsciously we know it is the right thing to do and the way we should behave towards each other. So go out into that big bad world and spread kindness like it’s confetti! 

Lisa is a Nutrition and Health Coach based in Dundalk. Having used diet and lifestyle changes to help recover from physical and mental health challenges, Lisa is now on a mission to motivate others to live a healthier life. See: or follow Lisa at: This article also appears in the print edition of this week's Dundalk Democrat.