Energize a sluggish mood

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

We offer specific tools, practices, and strategies to balance energize the Sluggish Mood Subtype.

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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 sluggish mood?

The Sluggish Mood is the subtype most likely to knock you off your feet, making it difficult to get off the couch or function at all. It may occur at any time, but it is more common in winter when your body thinks it is time to hibernate.  The Sluggish Mood can also occur after a prolonged period of stress or when an anxious or agitated subtype goes untreated and wears you down over time.


What does a sluggish mood feel like?

Many people picture this pattern when they think of “depression,” in part because it is hard to hide the symptoms of the sluggish subtype. If you're experiencing this pattern you may describe your mood as sad, down, or simply flat or dull—emotionless.  Both mind and body seem to move slowly, as if shrouded by fog or carrying an extra heavy burden. Sleep may be excessive, as much as 12-14 hours a day. However, this sleep excess may function as an escape from life rather than a response to a real need for sleep, which can create a continuing cycle of lethargy. If you're experiencing the sluggish mood, it is common to lose interest in activities and have trouble enjoying even those things you force yourself to do.


Chemistry of the Sluggish Mood subtype

In terms of brain chemistry, this pattern likely reflects a state of depletion rather than excess. The important brain chemicals that keep you energized and motivated are dopamine and norepinephrine. Dopamine is often considered the “pleasure chemical” because it is so involved in the experience of enjoyment or pleasure. That may also be why dopamine is so closely tied to addiction—when the dopamine system is faulty, people will do most anything to get another dopamine hit.

Dopamine is also strongly involved with motivation, and with the sluggish pattern, motivation is usually nonexistent. To stay motivated and energized, dopamine works closely with its partner chemical, norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is very similar to epinephrine, also known as “adrenaline.” You can think of it as the brain’s own stress hormone. Remember that a little stress is a good thing—it helps keep us alert, focused, and mobilized. So when our system is producing insufficient norepinephrine, our mind feels dull and sluggish. It is hard to get going, even for things we would normally enjoy.


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Strategies to energize a Sluggish Mood

Try the simple steps below to help boost your mood.


Download your tailored Nourish Guide

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 energize a sluggish mood.

The nourish guide is tailored for your subtype.

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Energize your mood with supplements for the Sluggish Mood Subtype.


Targeted supplements can quickly energize the Sluggish Mood Subtype 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.

Energized Mood

Neurotransmitter Support

The key supplement for this subtype is Energized Mood. Energized Mood is a premium blended supplement with the essential ingredients for the Sluggish Mood and neurotransmitter support. This may be the only supplement you need to help balance your mood.* 

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Adaptogenic Herbs

If you need an extra boost on top of Energized Mood, then consider AdaptAdapt includes a unique blend of key micronutrients & adaptogenic botanicals specifically formulated to strengthen the body’s stress response and support healthy energy levels.*

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Activated B-Vitamins

If you still feel tired, consider ActivateActivate contains activated B-vitamins  (B2, B6, B12, benfotiamine, and folate) to support a healthy mood and adrenal, immune, and neurological functions. Activate is ideal during winter for mood and energy support.*

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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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