The importance of sleep is often undermined. Sleep is also often the first thing to go when we become busy with something else. Simply put, we prioritize everything in life over sleep, from kids to Netflix. As a psychologist, I regularly ask my clients about their sleeping patterns (always during the initial assessment and several times throughout the course of treatment). Nine out of ten times – my clients are struggling to get adequate sleep (either to fall/remain asleep, or get adequate time of “zzzz”). I always empathize the importance of sleep and whenever possible introduce the sleep hygiene as soon therapeutically appropriate.
We make a conscious effort to improve our physical health by incorporating good nutrition and daily exercise in our routines. When it comes to mental health, do you pay as close attention? Most individuals attend to their physical needs much more diligently and intentionally than to the emotional aspects of health.
Yulia completed her studies and dietetic internships both abroad and in Canada, and has been practicing as a registered dietitian since 2005. She bases her practice on weight-neutral, intuitive eating approach, supporting her clients in recovering from chronic dieting, disordered eating and weight cycling, while supporting them in their journey of re-connecting with their body needs and building healthy relationship with food.