Natural ways to boost your mood STAT
Mental health is on our agenda more than ever lately. We’re all human and have slightly gloomy days, and sometimes days turn into weeks and that’s ok too. We’re each on our own journey and need to give ourselves time and grace to figure out this thing called life. But we want to help you turn that frown upside down, so we’ve broken down our top natural ways to boost your mood STAT. These require minimal effort and time but are bound to have you feeling your awesome self in no time.
Catch your Zs
It is easy to underestimate the power of sleep! According to research, the risk of developing a mental health condition increases by up to 10 times for people who experience insomnia (a lack of sleep). Sleep allows our bodies to rest, repair and recover. It impacts all aspects from our brain function to physical health, and when we don’t get enough, we are bound to feel it as it affects the way you feel, think, work, learn and get along with others. Aim to get 7-8 hours of quality sleep to help promote balance in all areas of life. This may mean reducing caffeine to encourage deeper levels of rest, so say good-bye to the jitters and hello to dreamland. Other tips for better sleep include a simple meditation, implementing a night-time routine, enjoying a bath and keeping electronics out of the bedroom.
According to Harvard Medical School, studies have shown that “regular aerobic exercise is as effective as antidepressants in reducing symptoms of mild to moderate depression”. We agree there is a time and place for modern medicine, but a sure-fire way to release your body’s natural antidepressants, known as endorphins, is by getting moving and breaking a sweat. It increases blood flow to the brain, releases the ‘feel-good hormone’ serotonin and gives you a sense of productivity and empowerment too. Try dancing in your kitchen without cracking a smile…we dare you!
Practising gratitude is a simple and effective way to lift your spirits. Start the day by thinking of or writing down three things you are grateful for. It could be your legs for walking, the roof over your head, your best friend, your cat, your job, your access to healthy food. Whatever it is, give thanks for it! It’s hard to be caught up in negative thought patterns when you are focusing on the good things in life. There’s an old saying by Walt Whitman, “keep your face towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you”. Cheesy, but so true.
We are community creatures by default! Think of more primal times when we were all living in tribes and sharing all aspects of life. Now days we are isolated in our modern houses or apartments and don’t share life as openly as our ancestors did way back then. Reach out to a friend, go to a group fitness class, or chat to the person who makes your coffee. We are all human and all designed to connect with others. Life is better shared.
Blast a tune
Last but not least, put on your favourite song or playlist and feel the good vibes rolling in. There’s something magic that music does that is hard to put into words. According to research, music can relax the mind, energize the body, and even help people better manage pain. It evokes emotion, brings back memories and shifts our mindset in powerful ways. Whether you are listening to it while singing in your car or even creating it yourself, let yourself ride the happy beat-filled wave all the way to smile-ville.
Nourish your gut
Did you know that although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the gut!? Scientists have also found that gut bacteria produce other neurotransmitters known as dopamine and GABA, all which play key roles in mood. It is evident that we need to nourish our gut health and control the bacteria in our digestive tracts in order to thrive physically and mentally and improve symptoms of mental disorders such as anxiety and stress. This is where Gut Doctor plays a vital role. It is full of probiotics, prebiotics and other gut loving ingredients to promote a healthy balanced gut flora and nourish our digestive system. Simply enjoy 1 sachet mixed with water once or twice a day for maximum benefits.
"A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That's because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected." - Harvard Health
Get some Nootropics in your life
Nootropics are a relatively new classification of drugs, supplements or other general substance that specifically improve cognitive functioning, also known as brain boosters. They are gaining interest for their ability to help increase memory capacity, memory recall, stress tolerance, relaxation and sleep support. You've most likely heard about them by now, but it's a little tricky to figure out what dosage and combination to take. So, after months of research, we combined what we found to be the most effective medicinal mushrooms, herbs and adaptogens with powerful vitamins to create an easy to take supplement that will have maximum impact. Welcome The Brain Doctor. The medicinal mushrooms included are renowned for their mental performance and mood boosting properties. They also may help regulate the nervous system to aid with symptoms of anxiety and the dreaded brain bog. All these nootropics are packed with antioxidants and are vital for concentration, mood and focus. To top it off we boosted this blend with Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 which may help facilitate optimal brain and body function. Collectively, they may help convert food to energy, optimise the nervous system, assist with the synthesis of important brain neurotransmitters and boost energy production. So not only may all these ingredients boost our brain health, mood and productivity, but our overall immune health, organ function and wellbeing too. Simply mix with water and enjpy, it's a no-brainer when it comes to a quick, easy way to add a little pep in your step.
We hope these tips have you dancing in your kitchen, hitting the gym, singing in the car and calling a friend to say hi. Do what you can to show up for yourself each day. Oh, and cuddle a puppy if you can!