It’s not an easy time right now. People are tired. There’s a pandemic, job numbers are in the tank, nationwide protests have led to violence, rioting and constant scrolling of the Twitter feed.

Things might not be so easy. The coronavirus pandemic alone has pushed America into a mental health crisis, according to The Washington Post. Anxiety and depression are on the rise. Nearly half of Americans said the coronavirus pandemic has harmed their mental health.

“People are really afraid,” Talkspace co-founder and CEO Oren Frank told The Washington Post. “What’s shocking to me is how little leaders are talking about this. There are no White House briefings about it. There is no plan.”

Integrative and nutritional psychiatrist Ria Battaglino told Well + Good that healthy meals that can help you feel better exist. These meals help your brain and mental health more than anything.

“The first organ to receive the nutrients in the food we eat is actually the brain. If the brain doesn’t get what it needs, it sends out messages, and if those messages are ignored, they can become more intense, in the form of shaking and tremors, stomach aches, headaches, anxiety, panic attacks, weakness, or fatigue.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the recommended meals:

  • Frozen or canned fish with leafy vegetables
  • Peanut butter on toast (whole wheat toast recommended)
  • Pasta and spinach
  • White bean soup and sauerkraut
  • Miso soup

Read the full article at Well + Good.