We’re not here to sugar-coat things: life is full of ups and downs. But we like to think of that as a good thing. After all, what would the beautiful moments be without some contrast; contrast that helps build strength, growth, and prosperity? If you can think back to a time that really shaped who you are as a person now, chances are it probably wasn’t pretty. So remaining grateful for the hiccups, re-routes, and bumps in the road are the best way we can move through something difficult. And the best part of all? We don’t have to do the hard moments alone. We always have each other—we’re all in this thing called life, together.
There are also plenty of resources, dietary tips, and therapies that can help foster a calmer mood, and a greater sense of wellbeing. Some of our favorites at the moment include:
Add Probiotics to Your Daily Regimen
If you read our previous email about gut health and its relation to your mood, you’d know that probiotics are kind of a big deal. There are also plenty of studies to back up the notion that good gut bacteria help with mood disorders, and decrease anxiety levels.
Have a Cup of Chamomile Tea
Researchers have found that the long-term use of chamomile tea can help the management of anxiety and depression. Plus, it’s deliciously soothing for a range of other ailments like menstrual cramps and colds.
The great outdoors provide so much healing energy for us; bright light and vitamin D, fresh air and vibrant green hues that stimulate the brain with a mood-boosting rush. Even listening to nature sounds, or looking at pictures of your favorite ocean, mountain or forest can induce similar feelings—it’s hard-wired in us!
It’s estimated that up to 75% of the population are not meeting their daily requirement of magnesium. Although research is limited, magnesium deficiency has been linked to low dopamine levels. Foods like pumpkin seeds, almonds, spinach and cashews are all rich in Magnesium, but if you think you’re not getting enough in your diet, try supplementing instead!
Call a Friend
Sometimes, all we need is a little support. Vent it out and cry it out on your trustee friend’s shoulder. Once you release your pent-up feelings and emotions, we can almost guarantee you’ll feel some sense of relief. Or, join a support group to relate to the many others who may be experiencing the exact same thing that you are. You are never, and will never be alone.
There are also plenty of wellness services that help support a good mood, boost mental clarity and promote relaxation:
Red Light Therapy (PBM)
Your own personal vacation, without the sunburn, and all of the mood-boosting feelings that comes along with a sun-soaked getaway. Red Light Therapy has been linked to increased cerebral blood flow and brain energy metabolism, helping to diminish the symptoms of major neurological disorders.
B12 Intramuscular Shot
B12 is an especially important vitamin for maintaining healthy nerve cells, creating red blood cells, properly absorbing iron, and producing DNA and RNA… It’s about as essential as it gets. B12 also offers calming effects to balance moods.
We hope you spend the rest of October surrounded by good company, grounding activities & abundant bouts of laughter.