TAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE IN SUPPORT OF POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
There are many things you can do to support your mental health – get adequate sleep, avoid caffeine and alcohol, add low-intensity exercise to your daily routine, or just simply allow yourself a break when experiencing a period of stress (as in now during this pandemic!). Of course, eating a well-balanced diet that is rich in nutrients can also have a direct effect on how you’re feeling. Since this is sometimes easier said than done, there are numerous herbs, vitamins, and dietary supplements that can play a role in supporting the mind
FOUNDATION OF MENTAL HEALTH: A CALM MIND
Research shows that mindful breathing can help lower blood pressure, boost immunity and bring about a state of calm. The next time the world feels like it’s spinning around you, simply breathe in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 4. A few rounds of this small act can set you up to better take on the day!
OMEGA 3: YOUR BRAIN BOOST
EPA and DHA are Omega 3 fatty acids that are vital for normal brain development andfunction. Helping with cell signaling and reducing inflammation, studies show that a minimum of 1,000mg of EPA combined with DHA are key to supporting healthy mood balance.
L-THEANINE: YOUR ALL-DAY STRESS SUPPORT
Periods of prolonged stress can have a negative impact on our mental health, so finding balance is key. L-theanine, an amino acid that is naturally occurring in tea, can help promote relaxation while keeping your mind sharp during times of stress. Its ability to help support longer, more restful sleep allows both your body and mind to recuperate and reset.
PROBIOTICS: A BALANCED MICROBIOME = A BALANCED MOOD
Research is mounting on the connection between our gut and brain health. Receptors exist in both that can have a positive or negative effect on our daily mood. Ensuring the good bacteria in our gut are alive and well can ensure we are emotionally balanced too.
GREENS: YOUR ENERGY BOOST ESSENTIAL
Exhaustion can overwhelm the body and mind. Reaching for another coffee or energy drink to cope may end up increasing feelings of anxiousness and irritability. Fortunately, antioxidant-rich green foods and supplements can help to alleviate exhaustion naturally while improving overall well-being.
LION’S MANE: YOUR COGNITION COMPANION
Mental acuity may become affected by the constant feeling that we’re spiraling out of control! The pencil sharpener of medicinal mushrooms, lion’s mane, is a great support when your brain is feeling like mush. Lion’s mane may help to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF), which can inhibit brain dysfunction.