Top tips to optimise your emotional health

Top tips to optimise your emotional health

Author -  Good Health

There are all sorts of anti-depressant medications available these days as many people find it increasingly difficult to juggle all the challenges that life throws at them. Read our naturopath’s tips to optimize emotional health the natural way.

People are more stressed than ever, and with good reason too; high work pressure, challenging home life, constant financial demands, trying to balance kids, work and home, relationship issues. The list goes on and on.

Eventually, something’s got to give. Your quality of sleep deteriorates, anxiety becomes more frequent, your fuse shortens, addictive behavior is increased (over-indulging in food or alcohol), mood becomes changeable and slowly but surely you can feel your vitality slipping away. You just don’t feel yourself anymore. 

There are many factors that contribute to your overall emotional health.  The solution is not always just one thing.  A little bit of time each day spent chipping away at improving all areas causing poor emotional health can significantly improve the overall outcome.


Start the day with protein

Protein shake or eggs on toast. Not just because you’ll stay full longer, have more energy and be more alert, but it will also help to stabilise your blood sugar levels; which can have a big impact on your mood throughout the day.  Low blood sugar leaves you feeling tired with no energy, cranky, irritable, and can make you want to crave junk food.


Cut right back on refined foods, junk food and sweet foods (including alcohol).  Eating such foods plays havoc with your blood sugar levels and contributes to hypoglycaemia. Symptoms of hypoglycaemia include; sudden fatigue, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, aggressiveness, irritability and paranoia. Too much sugar can cause seriously displeasing behaviour. An American survey found a 95% incident rate of hypoglycaemia among alcoholics and 65% among schizophrenics. Occurrence was also high among hyperactive (ADD) children, drug addicts, violent criminals and 50% of all American mental patients.  However, when sugar consumption was restricted and combined with nutritious food, one institution reported a 40% drop in breaches of discipline.


Cut down on coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Caffeine is over-stimulating to your nervous system. It can wear down your adrenal glands (stress glands) which makes you less able to cope with stress. Overuse ultimately causes fatigue and irritability.


Supplements to support optimal emotional health


Deficiency in magnesium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in the western world today. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of vital processes in our body. Most importantly, it helps our body make energy and assists in muscle relaxation and reducing nervous tension. Symptoms of deficiency include: anxiety, low energy and chronic fatigue, depression, tiredness, confusion, muscle tension, sleep disorders and any symptoms related to stress. We make Magnesium Ultra, which is oxide-free and therefore absorbed better.



5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) works as a natural anti-depressant. It is a precursor to serotonin (a feel good brain chemical). Low levels have been linked to mood, stress, anxiety, poor sleeping patterns, carbohydrate cravings and emotional eating. On entering the brain, 5-HTP is converted into serotonin, which can be converted into melatonin; an important brain hormone involved in sleep and mood regulation. Unlike antidepressants that recycle serotonin, 5-HTP actually increases the production of serotonin in the brain. Good Health makes a product called High 5HTP which can help to improve overall emotional health.

Adaptogenic herbs

These are herbs that enhance vitality, energy and stamina and have a rejuvenating and strengthening effect. They help our mind and body to adapt to mental and physical stress, by supporting the adrenal glands, thus allowing you to better cope during stressful times. Ashwagandha, Siberian ginseng and Rhodiola have been used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years and are well known for their ability to aid dealing with stress. Such herbs are all integrated into our Stress & Vitality Support supplement  which will help your feel recharged and in control.


If you’re feeling a bit weak, tired and low in energy you might be iron deficient. Decreased attention span, mental clarity and focus, feeling a bit worse after exercise, feeling cold and looking a bit pale are all common symptoms. A simple blood test will determine your iron status.  Ideally the result should be in the upper end of the range, rather than the lower end. Good Health makes great tasting Iron Chews which may assist anyone with deficient iron levels.



Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel good. It increases concentrations of noradrenaline, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. In other words, it boosts your happy chemicals. Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness, euphoria, self -confidence, anxiety alleviation and sharpeness of the mind. So whatever exercise you enjoy doing – do it!

Time out

Whether it’s a walk in the park, watching a good movie, a soak in a tub or enjoying a bite to eat at a café. Take a bit of time out to do something nice for yourself.  It’s calming to your mind, body and soul.

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