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Soothe an agitated mood

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

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.

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What is an agitated mood?

Though less common than the anxious mood sub-type, an increasing number of people suffer from states of agitation and irritability. This is likely a result, at least in part, of non-stop stress and fast-paced lifestyles, compounded by the stimulants used to fuel them: caffeine, energy drinks, sweeteners (either sugar or artificial), and drugs of all types. There may also be a genetic component to feelings of agitation and irritability. For example, if you are experiencing agitated mood, there may be bipolar illness somewhere in your family, or perhaps you have an aunt, uncle, or grandparent with a notoriously short fuse or a substance abuse problem.

What does an agitated mood feel like?

Agitation can be easily overlooked because people don’t usually describe their mood as “agitated.” They simply see themselves as anxious or depressed. A closer look, however, will show that, if you are experiencing an agitated mood, instead of feeling sad, there is a degree of edginess to your mood. When you say you feel “bad”, you actually mean you feel angry, irritable, or aggressive. You might be highly critical and judgmental of yourself and others. There may be a degree of compulsive behavior or rumination in thinking. Or you may simply feel so stressed that you cannot calm your mind or soothe your emotions, leaving you feeling constantly upset or overwhelmed.

Chemistry of the Agitated Mood Subtype

The agitated mind is on overdrive due to an imbalance of the adrenal stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) and/or the brain’s stress hormones, (norepinephrine and dopamine). None of these are bad or harmful chemicals in their own right. They only become so when out of balance. These chemicals may become too stimulating themselves, or your system may lack calming influences from chemicals like serotonin and GABA.

We offer specific tools, practices, and strategies to balance and calm an agitated mood.

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

Nourish your agitated mood

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 soothe an agitated mood.

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Joy Lab is our soon-to-be launched training program to support mental health more naturally. You'll move through a mind-body program that includes monthly group talks, weekly email boosts, and 5% off purchases from our NMH store. 

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How to soothe an agitated mood

Try the simple steps below to help soothe your mood.

Supplements for an agitated mood

 

Targeted supplements can quickly soothe the Agitated Mood Subtype 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.

 

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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. 

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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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Foundations for Natural Mental Health

Read below to help set your foundation and support mental health. 

Head to your NMH Subtype

Anxious Mood

Agitated Mood

Sluggish Mood

Worried Mind

Reactive Mind

Repeating Mind

Distracted Brain

Distressed Brain

Lethargic Brain

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This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice and is not a replacement for advice and treatment from a medical professional. Consult your doctor or other qualified health professional regarding specific health questions. Individuals providing content to this website take no responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. It is also essential to consult your physician or other qualified health professional before beginning any diet change, supplement, or lifestyle program.