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My food habits are quite irregular. Can I have a mental health issue?

22 Jul
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User's Question

I am working woman, and I stay in an appartment sharing with another girl. However, half the year she is on her official tours, hence there is no regular schedule for our daily life activities. Since I am alone in the house, my responsibility is my own, and what generally happens in delayed breakfast, afternoon lunch, sometimes skipping dinner. Some days, due to late night work, I wake up late at 11.30 am in the morning next day, and by the time I finish my morning activities, it is too late for breakfast, and my office work is also at a call. May be I just chew up a pece of bread and sit for work. I have a maid who comes to clean the house and utensils, she cooks a few things for lunch too; but usually I get very late taking the lunch, at around 4-4.30 pm after all my online meetings are over. Can this be a cause for any mental health issue in future?? I already feel a bit lazy, mentally fatigued and stressed. Is it due to this wrong eating habit? How can I better myself?

23 Jul
Dr. Ibrahim Abunada

Doctors Answer

Jul 23, 2016 11:07 AM

Dear User, I can understand from your message that not only the habits of your food is disturbed, but also many other aspects of your life are also disturbed e.g. you don’t mention anything about your social relationships with others, your free time if any, your recreation  and so on. I do believe and recommend you that you should make some modifications in your daily life, i.e. don’t expend your daily life at work only. The life has many other important aspects should be practiced to feel normal and not vulnerable to any mental disorder in the future. Try your best to split between your personal life and your work life, you should put strict boundaries for your life. You should organize a plan for your daily hours and to follow this plan carefully. Try to find some time to expend with your friends, family member to share them mutual social events. Don’t expend a lot of time alone at home, you should go for a trip, shopping, party and so on. Try your best to cultivate your connections with other people. Loneliness and isolation set the stage for anxiety. Decrease your vulnerability by reaching out to others. Make it a point to see friends; join a self-help or support group; share your worries and concerns with a trusted loved one. Adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Physical activity relieves tension and anxiety, so make time for regular exercise. Don’t use alcohol and drugs to cope with your stress, and try to avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine, which can make your life worse. Reduce stress in your life. Examine your life for stress, and look for ways to minimize it. Avoid people who make you anxious, say no to extra responsibilities, and make time for fun and relaxation in your daily schedule. Take care.

28 Jul
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Follow up Question

Jul 28, 2016 10:50 PM

Thank you.