This study focuses on the relationship between nutrition and physical activity in relation to mental resilience. By assessing diet quality as healthy or unhealthy diet, as well as exercise frequency, this study aims to examine the relationship between dietary pattern, mental resilience in respect to depression, anxiety, and stress. The effects of diet and stress were assessed in relation to mental health and resilience. The purpose of this research was conducted to unveil the relationship between diet and neurobehaviors. This includes the way they respond to stressful situations as well as their eating patterns. An anonymous online survey was administered through word of mouth, text message, and groupme. A total of 121 responses were collected. The survey included basic demographic questions and questions on participants’ diets, mindset, stress, and physical activity level. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 25.0. Results suggest that whole grain consumption is linked to self confidence, regular exercise is linked with a better diet, and decreased fast food consumption is linked to better stress management. These findings supported our hypothesis as well as reports in the literature. Based on the results of this study, it can be concluded that a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, and fruits, namely a Mediterranean diet, along with frequent exercise can lead to an improvement in mental wellbeing and psychological resilience. Findings of this study show the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a solution for those who struggle with their mental health.
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Quinlan, Isabella; Marchini, Anthony; Soudatt, Maya; Fousseni, Hamdala; Lianos, George; and Goetjen, Henry, "Nutrition and Physical Activity in Relation to Mental Resilience" (2022). Research Days Posters 2022. 53.