Expert urges people to make some changes

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PEOPLE are being urged to make changes to protect their mental health as part of an awareness week.

Mental Health Awareness Week runs until tomorrow, with charities and health services across the country looking to reach out and offer advice and guidance to members of the public who need their support.

Nutritional therapist and wellness expert Naomi Mead is urging people to change their behaviour to help them cope day-to-day. She has been working with gaming experts Wink Bingo to create an infographic on the virtues of changing your everyday behaviour to support better brain health.

She said: ‘Being physically fit means that you have good heart and lung capacity and ensures that your brain gets plenty of oxygen, improving brain function. Regular exercise may also help to improve memory and cognitive function in older adults.’

She said there are many cost-effective ways to keep fit in Portsmouth, such as taking a scenic run along Southsea, and that Portsmouth Library in Guildhall Square was a great place to access books.

She added: ‘Reading improves memory function by giving your brain a good workout. The more varied the reading material, the better.’

She also urged people to take part in meditation and listen to music.

To see the infographic Naomi has produced, go to winkbingo.com/winkly/in-the-know/bingo-for-the-brain-get-ready-for-world-health-day/