Quick Guide to Supporting Mental Health . . .With Honey Iced Banana Bars

Gooey Iced Honey Banana Bars (AIP and Paleo)

 

Simple. Healthy. Sweet. Delicious. Gooey. Soft. Chewy. Heaven. These honey iced banana bars are made with simple ingredients, are easy to make, and are a great way to support mental health. Mental health is becoming more important that ever with the connection between body, mind, and soul. Which is why it is important to take time out of the day for yourself and to indulge in a treat now and again, especially as a reward and a little bit of heaven after a long day!  What makes that treat better, is one that is good for you, full of healthy fats, low on sugar and is something you will actually enjoy eating.  Okay, setting food aside for today, I have compiled a list all about supporting mental health.

Gooey Iced Honey Banana Bars (AIP and Paleo)

But first….Why is mental health so important? Let me explain with a simple analogy….You cannot pour from your cup into the cups of others and the world around you if your cup is empty. Even if you a have a little in your cup and pour from it, there will be less to give the next time and yours is less full. Only when your cup is full and overflowing are you able to freely give. The way to fill that cup is through mental, physical, emotional,  social, and spiritual health in whatever way that works for you.  I hope that explains it. 🙂

That being said, the world is crazy place and many of us are on constantly on the run going from one event to another. The following are the tips I have compiled about the many aspects of supporting mental health  to make your cup a little fuller. Lets get started,

 

Gooey Iced Honey Banana Bars (AIP and Paleo)

A Complete Quick Guide to Better Mental Health

From: mindhealthconnect (link here)

#1 Build healthy relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and people in the community. This is an important way to contribute to an overall sense of well being. Giving time and energy to these relationships can lead to benefits for all parties involved.

#2 Exercise and keep your body healthy. Exercise can reduce depression and anxiety symptoms and release mood boosting hormones. Physical health is related to mental health and doesn’t have to be long, hard and boring. Keep it short, go for walk, ride a bike, do yoga (my personal favorite), Pilates, swim, garden, play with kids, play with the dog, walk the dog, do chores, clean the house, dance, or even go shopping where you will do a lot of walking. Exercise can range from 10 to 30 minutes if you like and all depends on you. No lies, I count grocery shopping as workout.  There are many ways to exercise beside doing strict cardio, weight training, or joining a gym; but if any of the latter I just described work for you then by all means do it.

Gooey Iced Honey Banana Bars (AIP and Paleo)

#3 Eat a clean healthy diet that makes you feel, be, and look your best. Food impacts every part of the body including mood, energy levels, motivation, the immune system, how you look, and illness/disease flareups.  Support your brain with a diet rich in healthy fats. Did you know that your brain is almost completely comprised of fat?! Crazy! Don’t be afraid to give yourself a treat now and then; eating clean 100% of the time is impossible, and lets face it. . . life is more exciting with chocolate and dessert! So go have a slice and toast it to your health!

#4 Decrease forms of toxic/negative stress in your life. Getting rid of the things, habits, and relationships in life decreases stress and leads to a healthier happier you.

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#5 Develop a heart of gratitude and count the blessings in your life. Do this by focusing on what you have and what went well that day. I personally do this at the end of each night before I go to bed. I write down 3 or more positive things that happened in my life during the day.  When focusing on what you have, you become less focused on what you don’t have and are less likely to complain about unfortunate circumstances.

#6  Give to others by making a contribution to the community or those close to you.  It’s amazing what the power of service to others and fulfilling their needs can do; it will help you to feel good… Try it out and see how it goes.

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#7 Learn how to say “no”. It is okay to say “no” if you are spreading yourself out too thin between too many activities and commitments. Remember you can’t do it all, although at times we would like to. It is more meaningful to pour yourself into a handful of  prioritized commitments where you can give more energy and spend time taking care of you….because you should be your #1 priority. 

#8 Find a spirituality practice or religion. For some people can help cope with stress and reduce mental illness symptoms. This includes being involved with a community of faith, prayer, meditation, and mindfulness. Yoga and Tai Chi also fit into this category.

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#9 If you need help, don’t be afraid to seek it. If you are struggling to feel happy, cope with daily life, find meaning, or connect with others there are many services and people out there more than willing to help.  Help is not a sign of weakness a diminish of character or pride. I had mental illness, sought help and am now thriving. Without seeking help I would not be where I am today. I am not going to lie….it was scary, but worth it every moment to recovery possible.

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#10 a quick list of all I didn’t cover in detail: 


Surround yourself with good people & connecting with them

Set realistic goals

Break up monotony

Avoid drugs and use alcohol responsibly

Slow down

Have fun

Practice Healthy thinking

Get enough sleep

Solve problems

Exercise your brain (Sudoku, crosswords, or puzzles)

Learn how to cope with negative thoughts

Accept who you are

Be in the present

Enjoy hobbies and do something you are good at

Find a work-life balance ad take break if needed

Start your day with coffee or tea

Set up a retreat or getaway to give you something to look forward to

Take the first step

Value yourself

Experiment with a new recipe, craft, project, or idea

Show love to someone in your life

Eat some chocolate to boost brainpower

color (in adult coloring books) if you are anxious to clear your mind

Laugh

Go off the grid and leave the electronic behind for a day

Relax

Practice forgiveness

Make lists and write things down to clear your head (my personal favorite)

Smile

Get some sunshine each day (about 15 minutes). . .It does a body good.

Detailed sources used in this article (with links): Building Better Mental Health, Helpguide.org;  Ten Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health, University of Michigan Health Service;   Tips for good mental health, heretohelp; Maintaining Your Mental Health, Canadian Mental Health Association;  31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health; Mental Health America

There you go, the complete quick guide on ways to support mental health. I hope some will be useful to you as they were to me. . . Now, it is time to treat your self 🙂

Gooey Iced Honey Banana Bars (AIP and Paleo)

Simple Honey Iced Banana Bars

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 can thick full fat coconut milk (if the coconut milk isn’t thick, place can in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours or overnight)
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 c. tapioca starch
  • 3 Tbs. gelatin
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. coconut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and grease a 9×13 glass baking dish with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the bananas and coconut milk, set aside.
  3. In a separate small bowl combine the coconut flour, tapioca starch, gelatin, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the banana/coconut milk mixture and pour into prepared pan. Spread the batter until evenly distributed.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Remove from oven when firm and golden brown.
  6. While the bars are cooling melt and stir together the honey and coconut butter until smooth. Pour over the cooling bars.
  7. After completely cooled, cover and store in the refrigerator. This will also help to solidify the icing. If you want them more gooey leave them at room temperature.

 

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