Like physical health, mental health is something we all have, and we need to look after. Your mood is a result of every aspect of your life; what you’re eating, how much you’re sleeping, how much you’re getting out of the house, and even the time of the month.
When taking steps to manage your mood, it’s important to step back and look at the factors of your life that may be applying additional pressure. From there, it’s important to give yourself the chance to recover. Actively taking the time to unwind is often neglected, without the understanding of just how important it is to wellbeing.
Why does mood matter?
Poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system. This makes you more susceptible to bugs during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you are feeling stressed, anxious, or upset, you may not take care of your health as well as you should.
Stress and worry over time can take a significant toll on health and seriously undermine quality of life. For those battling stress and exhaustion, the nervous system needs to be nourished and rebalanced.
Good mental health boosts our physical health, creates resilience, helps us to feel happy, confident, and secure.
Creating a routine is a great way to make sure you are filling your cup with things you enjoy. Make a list of all the ways you can support your health and wellbeing; ensure you are exercising, spending time outside, connecting with friends and family, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. Then create a routine around these things. Just like any other skill, we need to work at supporting our mental and emotional health so that we stay happy and healthy.
Everybody relaxes in different ways. You may practice yoga, meditation or mindfulness, or you may prefer to put your feet up and lose yourself in a series or book. You may like to write or cook or walk or run. Any activity that is calming to you and removes you from the daily stressors of your life is a tool you can use to relax.
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to 5 steps to boosting your mood naturally:
1. Stop, Breathe and Delegate
Easier said than done when you’re in the midst of a busy, stressful period, but it’s important that you learn to stop, breathe and delegate. There’s no need to do it all yourself; you’ll just end up feeling tired and fatigued. Be sure to include some “me” time every day. It might be breathing exercises, between errands, meditation, or yoga, walking the dog, or simply sitting in the garden with a nice cool drink. The point is to take some time for you.
2. Stay social
Humans are social creatures, even if we don’t always feel like it. Although it’s tempting to hibernate and avoid going out completely when you’re feeling low, it’s important to encourage yourself to maintain your favourite social activities. Lolling around on your couch binge watching your favourite TV shows feels good in the moment, but in the long run, being around your friends will brighten your mood far more. If you’re finding yourself struggling with mood, chatting to a friend or family member about it may help find a solution that works for you.
3. Magnificent Magnesium!
Involved in over 300 processes within the body, magnesium plays an essential role in our lives. It’s not just your muscles that magnesium helps to relax, it can also have a dramatic effect on your nervous system. Known as the relaxation mineral, a deficiency can make you feel on edge, anxious, irritable, and even increase the possibility of panic attacks. The more stressed you are, the more your body chews through magnesium. Additionally, coffee and alcohol can increase stress and decrease sleep, amplifying our need for magnesium. Try Good Health’s topical Magnesium Cream for fast absorption through your skin, the body’s largest organ, or for a more high-strength formula, try Good Health’s Organic Magnesium Ultra.
4. Move your body
Often it can be hard to begin, but once you start, exercise can help to calm the mind and leave you feeling great afterwards. Exercising releases endorphins that help to improve your mood, focus, and sleep. It is important to find an exercise regime that works for you, keeping in mind that the type of exercise that was beneficial to you one day, may not be what you need on another day. Whether it is going for a brisk walk and connecting with a friend; doing a high-intensity interval workout which burns adrenaline; or practicing yoga and focusing on your breath; exercise is a wonderful way to take a break from your thoughts.
5. Prioritise your Sleep
If we don’t receive adequate sleep each night, not only is our mood and cognition compromised, our immune system is too. It is during sleep that our cells undergo repair, making sleep crucial for everyday function. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night so that your immune system can function optimally, and you can feel your best.
If you need additional support for mood, try incorporating one of the following Good Health products into your supplement routine:
Good Health Rapid Calm is a unique stress complex with scientifically researched L-Theanine. This amino acid crosses the blood brain barrier to support a calm, relaxed mood. Rapid Calm helps during times of heightened stress, showing noticeable results in 15 minutes. This stress complex also contains Vitamin D for year-round mood support, and magnesium for nervous tension. Good Health Rapid Calm dissolves easily in water for a delicious tasting, natural lemon flavoured drink.
Good Health Adrenal Balance is a natural programme to help get your life back, supporting you to keep your stress in check while balancing physical and mental energy and supporting calmness. Good Health Adrenal balance contains 2 formulas: one for daytime and one for night-time. Naturally formulated to help your body cope better during times of stress, fatigue, and mental exhaustion. Adrenal Balance includes nutrients that are used to help manage stress and nervous tension; ideal for those who are fatigued or feeling wired and tired.
Our skin is our body’s largest organ, so topical creams are a great option for targeted and quickly absorbed relief that can benefit you, body-wide. Good Health Magnesium Cream contains genuine Zechstein™ magnesium chloride, the finest and purest natural magnesium chloride in the world. Combined with organic peppermint, menthol, clove, and cayenne oils that provides a gentle warming and cooling effect, Magnesium Cream provides fast support to soothe tired and tense muscle and joints.
Good Health Organic Magnesium Ultra is a high strength formula that contains a more easily absorbable form of magnesium that is better utilised in the body, boosted by Vitamins B6 and D3 for further support. This makes it faster acting and helps to relax muscle tension and tightness. Magnesium also supports physical performance during intense exercise, helps soothe nervous tension, stress and supports sleep. What a wonder supplement!
To learn more about supporting your mood, here are some additional helpful resources from the health and wellness experts at Good Health:
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