August is Wellness Month, a month focused on self-care and healthy wellness routines. Whether it's August or any time, we here at Nature's Lab believe in promoting healthy lifestyles, balanced nutrition, adequate rest and a healthy mood. Keep reading to see our top tips and supplements to support your healthy lifestyle, manage stress levels promote mental calm.*
Aim for Eight Hours of Sleep Nightly
Sleep is essential; it allows our bodies and minds to recharge, restore and regenerate.* It's also an important part of supporting mental alertness and stress management.* Quality sleep can be hard to find, however, and many of us may struggle to get adequate sleep needed for healthy energy levels and wellness.* Aim for eight hours of sleep nightly to support mental alertness and a healthy mood.* Reduced caffeine intake, increased exercise, healthy meals and and a consistent sleep schedule may also support restful sleep.* Shop our sleep support supplements to help support your nightly wellness routine.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Good nutrition and a well-rounded diet filled with nutrients is an important component of wellness. A nutrient-dense diet may help counter stress to support mental calm by helping support healthy blood pressure (already within normal range) and immune health.* Additionally, diets lacking adequate nutrition can leave the body less equipped to adequately handle external stressors, which may cause stress or anxiety.* Try eating balanced meals regularly to support healthy glucose levels (for cognitive health) and incorporate nutritious fruits and veggies, high-fiber foods, healthy snacks and adequate macronutrients into mealtime regularly.*
Increase Water Intake
Stress can cause dehydration and vice-versa. Dehydration can impact cortisol levels, which play a role in stress and anxiety.* Aim to drink half your weight in ounces of water daily. Other benefits of staying adequately hydrated can include healthy cognitive function, increased exercise endurance, digestive support, healthy-looking skin and so much more.*
Incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine will help regulate and increase energy levels and release endorphins to support a healthy mood.* Exercise also sends oxygen and nutrients to the body to assist vital organs in working more efficiently.* Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily to consistently support a healthy mood.* Go for a walk, unwind with yoga, finish a workout at home- it’s ok to start small and work your way up. Learn more about our supplements for fitness health.
Take an hour to set aside some “me” time regularly. Establishing relaxing self-care rituals, such as taking a warm bath with Epsom salts and lavender, having a spa day, reading your favorite book, calling a friend or doing something you enjoy can help support healthy stress levels and mental calm.* Find what activities are best suited to your relaxation needs to de-stress regularly,* and shop our supplements for healthy stress response.*
Be Kind to Yourself
It can be natural to put ourselves last when under stress, which can cause anxiety and lack of mental calmness.* Be kind to yourself and replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Put yourself first and prioritize healthy eating, physical activity, social time, relationships and healthy sleep to manage stress and a healthy mood.*
Try These Supplements for Wellness and Stress Relief
Ashwagandha is an herb from India. Its long, tuberous roots have been used for centuries as a supplement to general wellness.* It is considered an adaptogenic herb, or one that adjusts the body's response to stress.* Adaptogens help the body cope with external stressors such as toxins in the environment or poor diet, as well internal stresses such as anxiety or emotional turmoil.* Because it acts as a natural adaptogen, ashwagandha can help promote relaxation and mental calm.* Try Nature's Lab Ashwagandha for 800 mg of ashwagandha root powder.
L-theanine is an important amino acid that can help promote mental calm.* Originally discovered in tea leaves in 1949, L-theanine is often included in supplements to allow for higher dosages than usual amounts found in black tea. L-theanine works by helping to decrease excitatory brain chemicals that contribute to stress and anxiety and increases brain chemicals that encourage a sense of calm without drowsiness.* Try Nature’s Lab L-theanine for 200 mg of this relaxing amino acid.
One Daily Multivitamin
A combination of the right vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients can help support over-all wellness including energy levels, sleep support, stress relief and mental calm.* Though we are capable of getting many of our nutritional needs through a balanced, healthy diet, we sometimes need help filling the nutrient gaps. These gaps in nutrition, such as lower levels of magnesium, potassium and B vitamins can lead to feelings of fatigue, which can unhealthy stress management.* Try Nature’s Lab One Daily for over 21 essential vitamins, minerals, superfood powders, herbs and more to promote healthy energy levels, antioxidant health, immune system health, antioxidant health and more.*