Focus a distressed brain
Follow the tailored-for-you movement, sleep, food, and supplement practices to support your pathway to focus.
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.
We offer specific tools, practices, and strategies to balance and focus a distressed brain.
See the key tools below to help you reclaim your focus.
Nourish your distressed brain
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 a distressed brain.
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How to focus a distressed brain
Try the simple steps below to help you soothe and focus your brain.
Supplements for a distressed brain
Targeted supplements can quickly focus a distressed brain while foundational supplements support ongoing resilience. The targeted supplements may need 30-60 days of consistent use.** After that period, you may continue using them if needed. Stick with the foundational supplements daily or seasonally, as desired.
Remember: Check with your health care practitioner before beginning any supplements.
1. Focus (Theacrine blend)
2. Unwind (GABA Support)
3. Steady Mood (natural lithium)
1. Nourish (multivitamin/mineral)
2. Strengthen (omega-3)
3. Illuminate (vitamin D3)
* 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.
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Learn foundational strategies to support your mental health and resilience.
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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.
The Resilient Diet
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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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