Natural Mood Enhancing Habits

natural mood enhancing habits

When we become in tune with our bodies, we become more tuned-in on what we eat and notice how our daily habits often shape our general state of mind. It is said that thoughts create habits, which in turn create patterns. These patterns then form your behaviour which become lifelong behaviours that shape your life. So, we should first start with taking care of our thoughts and minds before we can change our behaviour. If you would like to learn about natural mood enhancing habits and what you can introduce into your life to support your mental, physical and emotional health, then you might just enjoy our helpful insights to cultivate a naturally enhanced mood and better state of mind.

We all want to feel ‘good’ , whatever that may mean to you. They key is learning to understand yourself and find out what feeling good really means for you. Generally speaking, feeling  good means feeling lively, vibrant and healthy. It’s always easier to stay healthy and focused when things are going well. But, it’s during the challenging times in our lives that we really need to focus on how we maintain our well-being. This is where these natural mood enhancing habits help you the most.

Forming Healthy Habits

While stress is a normal part of life, too much stress can affect our overall well-being and start to manifest in our bodies as illnesses if we don’t take time to acknowledge and manage it. Chronic stress can suppress our immune system, alter our mood and may affect our relationships. Luckily, we can adopt natural mood enhancing habits to help navigate these stressful experiences and support our mind-body balance.

Small tweaks and changes in our habits can help us to feel more grounded and centred. It’s often the simple, easy changes that are the ones that can bring about the most lasting benefits. The truth is, adopting a new habit means consistently practising a new behaviour that will positively impacts our lives for the better. It’s important to start mindfully and to introduce change by choosing only what resonates with you. Too much change too soon, even with the best intentions, can often lead to additional anxiety or some form of resistance and end up doing more harm than good.

So, start off slow and keep an open mind. Think positively about your new habit even when results are slow to appear. Our success rate increases when we move at our own pace. Be gentle with yourself.

Notice how this new habit might challenge you and surround yourself with people who love and support you – whatever you’re going through there are always communities or friends out there to help you.

 

TIP 1:

What we find works best is linking your new habit to an existing behaviour. For example, an existing behaviour would be waking up or brushing your teeth or drinking a cup of tea or dropping your kids at school.

So to start a new habit of being grateful, enjoy your tea (existing behaviour) while thinking about the things you really are thankful for and practice feeling that gratitude. Even better – write in a Gratitude Journal and add the reasons WHY you are grateful for those things.

TIP 2:

If you, like many of us, go to bed thinking of what you need to get done the next day, instead of allowing ‘admin’ into your ‘down-time’, keep a pen and notepad next to your bed to write down that to-do list so you know you won’t forget and you can train your mind to let go and relax.

Supporting Your Mind-Body Balance

Be the alchemist of your own health! Sometimes our mood or energy levels are not a result of inner discontent or circumstances, sometimes our body’s nutrient levels are just out of balance or depleted. Our mind is powerful and is probably the most successful tool in affecting our moods, but we tend to overlook what it needs to be healthy. We need to be as attentive to it as what we would be to an injury – by being gentle, supporting it with ‘exercises’ and supplementing it with nature’s best brain food.  One of the most useful, natural mood enhancing habits would be to eat food that supports your body so you can feel good.

We highly recommend the following supplements for maintaining overall brain health and enhancing your overall mood.

Organic Kratom:

is a tropical tree with a close relationship to coffee, traditionally used in Southeast Asia by land workers to combat fatigue and increase productivity. Kratom has been shown to improve energy levels and bring a sense of calm. Research is showing promising results for self-treating pain (especially premenstrual pain) and improving mental and emotional conditions. Try our Potent Plant blends: Euphoria and Release.

Sustainable Sceletium:

is a rare succulent found in semi-desert areas of Southern Africa. This plant is highly regarded by both Khoikhoi and San people. Sceletium decreases anxiety, stress and tension.

Organic Premium Grade CBD chocolates:

elevates mood and reduces stress! Raw cacao combined with cannabinoids are the perfect synergistic combination of mood lifting ingredients. The raw cacao elevates dopamine and serotonin levels whilst transporting the CBD oil deep into the cell tissue to soothe the body and mind. This chocolate is safe and can be eaten daily! Try our CBD bar.

Organic Spirulina and Chlorella:

are algaes that are both rich in protein and B vitamins. Protein rich superfoods play an important role in reducing stress levels. The rich array of amino acids in algae creates a serotonin stress-defence shield in the brain, which helps to relieve stress and enhance your overall energy levels. A quick and easy ritual is to start your day with lemon water and spirulina tablets or you can add a teaspoon of chlorella to your morning green smoothie.

Organic Ashwagandha:

is a traditional Indian herb that is highly underrated in its ability to restore the body. This powerful adaptogen supports adrenal health and soothes the nervous system. Being an adaptogen it finds imbalances in the body and naturally restores them. It’s one of the most remarkable supplements  you can take on a daily basis. Simply take 1-2 capsules in the morning as part of your daily health routine. Try our ashwagandha.

Organic Goji Berries and Maca Powder:

these adaptogens strengthen the body and help it to deal with stress by supporting the adrenals. There are so many other health benefits of these two, such as, vitamin C, antioxidants and  enhanced virility! Add a teaspoon of maca to your daily smoothie or even blend it into your morning coffee and munch on a handful of gojis during the day.

Practices That Are Like Exercises For The Mind

Meditation:

is what busy bodies and minds struggle to do – doing ‘nothing’. We often think of meditation as sitting cross-legged on the floor, eyes closed and palms resting gently on the knees. When, in truth, meditation really refers to the absence of mental noise.

Anything can be meditation if it allows you to become quiet, peaceful and present in the mind and body. Meditation positively impacts our health, longevity and other aspects of our physiology and neurology by allowing our heart rate and breathing rate to slow down for a moment.

This practice allows us to move from a thinking space to being space. Meditation helps us to become calm and still. Subsequently, we can connect to ourselves on a deeper level. It is a practice that gives us the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

Find a ritual that does the same for you or you can try a meditation app called HEADSPACE. We find it quite useful for easy to follow timed and guided meditations.

Journaling:

can be our best tool for reflection. Why? Because journaling allows us to sort through what’s going on in our heads. When we write our thoughts down we get to see them from a distance. This allows us to challenge our negative thinking – it’s important that we don’t believe our negative thoughts. It’s more about working things out for ourselves. Keep a notebook and use it whenever you feel inspired or frustrated.

Gratitude:

is a great way to start the day! “You attract how you react”… then why not act with happiness and positivity ? When we want to attract positivity or lightness and laughter into our lives we can easily do so by demonstrating these qualities ourselves. According to the laws of physics, by putting these qualities out there it’s bound to come back to us.

Practising gratitude is a way of expressing appreciation for all that we have and all that we experience. Gratitude makes everything enough, and once we have enough there is always more. Gratitude strengthens our faith in life itself.

Practice gratitude:

1) when you’re having difficulty sleeping

2) to help you wake up

3) to get to know the happiness of life

4) for ongoing levels of negativity

Express your gratitude in the present tense as though it has already happened.

Digital detoxing:

means taking a break from electronic devices. Being ‘plugged into’  screens often leads to sedentary lifestyles, as well as experiencing less face-to-face interactions and suffering from higher stress levels. Many people report feeling worse after spending time on their social media accounts.

So, what are the benefits of digital detoxing? Research shows that taking time away from the screen to do something active, like walking regularly, to increase creative output by 60%.

People who monitor and cut back on their screen time also experience more authentic connections with others, they sleep better and reported having higher energy levels.

Stress Management

It’s essential that we learn to support ourselves in today’s world. Adopting healthy habits can be very effective in managing stress. It helps us to feel healthy and connected to our bodies and can bring us back to the present moment. We can also use these habits when we are feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

There are many ways to enhance our moods naturally. The things we have mentioned are what we find works best and are easy to integrate. Remember, our brains also need supplements, the same way our bodies do and they play an essential role in supporting brain health.

Potent plants and superfoods like kratom, sceletium, CBD oil, ashwagandha have all been shown to support brain health. Natural mood enhancing habits like meditation, journaling, and observing what makes us feel grateful have been shown to increase feelings of well-being. So, what’s your new healthy habit?

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3828542/

https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm

https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/xlm-a0036577.pdf

 

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