Focus a distressed brain

Follow the tailored-for-you movement, sleep, food, and supplement practices to support your pathway to focus.

We offer specific tools, practices, and strategies to balance and focus the Distressed Brain Subtype.

 See the key tools below to help you reclaim your calm.

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We offer specific tools and practices to calm an anxious mood.

Read about your subtype below, then choose the tools and practices you'd like to use on your pathway to joy.


How can I sleep more soundly & wake refreshed?


Which foods are ideal for my body, brain & mood?


What types of exercise can support my energy & system best?


Are there supplements that can help my mood?

What is a distressed brain?

If you fall into the Distressed Brain Subtype, you are likely experiencing agitation along with a lack of focus. This means that at times you may have too much norepinephrine and dopamine in certain brain areas. Too much dopamine can result in a very overactive mind, and too much norepinephrine can lead to arousal, overfocus, or hyper-vigilance. This agitated state can also mean you have a deficit of calming neurotransmitters like GABA and serotonin, though in some cases, too much serotonin can also contribute to aggression and impulsive behaviors. Finding just the right balance of supports for each person is important.


What the Distressed Brain Subtype feels like

If you have a distressed brain, you may struggle with anger management, aggression, and irritability in addition to more common focus-related symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Once irritated, you may find it hard to settle down. You may also experience an exaggerated emotional response to relatively minor triggers.

Discover your joy subtype.  

Depression shows up in one of three subtypes. Learn yours to tailor your path to healing.

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Strategies to focus the Distressed Brain Subtype

Try the simple steps below to help you soothe and focus your brain.


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Looking to build a strong foundation? Start by giving your brain what it needs to find its balance. Discover the best way to nourish yourself, including the specific foods & supplements that focus and balance a distressed brain.

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Supplements for a distressed brain


Targeted supplements can quickly focus a distressed brain while foundational supplements support ongoing resilience. 

Remember: Check with your health care practitioner before beginning any supplements.


Targeted Supplements

The targeted supplements may need 30-60 days of consistent use.** After that period, you may continue using them if needed.


Theacrine Blend

The key supplement for this subtype is FocusFocus supports healthy magnesium levels in the brain and works to promote concentration, clarity, focus, motivation while optimizing physical and mental energy.*

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GABA Support

If you need an extra boost on top of Soothed Mood, then consider Unwind. Unwind is an ideal complement for Soothed Mood. It supports a calm and stable mood, while soothing the system to promote more restful sleep.*

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Steady Mood

Natural Lithium

If your mood is still unstable, consider Steady MoodSteady Mood utilizes lithium orotate to promote a healthy outlook and emotional balance by supporting the brain's natural detoxification process and balance of neurotransmitters.*

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Foundational Supplements

Stick with the foundational supplements daily or seasonally, as desired. 



If your diet is not ideal or if you are dealing with a lot of stress, Nourish is a high-quality, hypoallergenic, multivitamin/mineral blend includes activated vitamins that can help fill in nutritional gaps while building your body-mind resilience.*

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An omega-3 supplement is beneficial for nearly everyone. Strengthen is a high-quality choice that feeds the brain what it needs to support healthy function and mood. It can also be helpful as a preventive for seasonal or cyclic mood problems.

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Vitamin D3

If you feel a negative impact on your mood an energy when the sun goes part-time in the winter, consider taking Illuminate October-April, and every other day in the summer, if you need a boost year-round.*

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* Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Individuals taking medication should discuss potential interactions with their healthcare practitioner.

** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Learn foundational strategies to support your mental health and resilience.

Explore the articles below and learn our favorite foundational steps to help balance your mood.

Brain Chemistry 101

Learning a bit of brain chemistry can help you create a healthy, well-functioning brain and a good, sustainable mood. In this article, we present you a simple way of understanding and talking about this very complex subject.

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Sleep & Resilience

Your sleep, mood, and brain function are intimately related. Scientific studies tell us that our emotional states affect sleep and that sleep affects emotions. You can create better sleep with fairly simple strategies.

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The Resilient Diet 

We have created the Resilient Diet to integrate seamlessly into your daily life. It is not a set of restrictive rules or detailed recipes. Instead, the Resilient Diet is made up of six broad guidelines or principles.

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Resilient Movement Plans

Scientific research has shown that moving our bodies more frequently has a significant positive impact on mental health and can even help you grow a bigger, healthier, and better-connected brain.

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Boost Serotonin

Serotonin is the brain chemical that helps soothe you when you feel stressed or threatened, and it offers considerable protection to the brain against the damaging effects of cortisol. 

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