Taking 2 Shine capsules a day with a meal will help you have a more positive mood and outlook.
Supplements aren't short term answers, though, and aren't a replacement for a healthy, balanced approach to life. For most people, it takes about 3 to 4 weeks of taking Shine to get sustained improvements to their mood and energy.
The other things we can all do to feel more balanced and positive include:
Get a good night's sleep - tomorrow's positive mood starts tonight. Sleep is arguably the most powerful tool in maintaining emotional balance. Getting the right amount of sleep helps complete the entire cycle of nocturnal processes that help your body and brain function at their best when you're awake. Between seven and nine hours is the recommended amount of sleep required by an adult for the mind and body to rest and function at their best. Resist the box set and stop the scrolling. Tomorrow, you'll be pleased you did.
Keep ourselves well hydrated – water plays a huge role in brain health and function. If we don't drink enough water, it can affect our concentration, memory, and learning ability. But also, the slightest amount of dehydration can have a negative impact on our mood. Good things to drink include water and unsweetened herbal or green tea. Both caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and can affect our sleep patterns, impacting our mood, amongst other things. Too much alcohol can also reduce your store of B vitamins, which can lead to a low mood. About two litres of water a day is a good target to aim for.
Get stress under control – it's hard to feel positive and optimistic when we're feeling stressed. Our levels of hormones such as cortisol remain consistently high when we're feeling stressed. These heightened levels of hormones produced as part of our flight or fight response contribute to mood swings and anxiety, poor concentration and memory problems. No wonder we feel less than positive! Mind and body techniques such as meditation, or relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation, have all been shown to help reduce stress levels. You just need to find one that works for you.
Get active – exercise is not just about our physical health but mental health too. Some scientists think we get a greater sense of self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge when we're physically active. There's evidence it can improve our mental wellbeing and reduce anxiety. It doesn't matter what the activity is. You don't have to be an ultra-marathon weekend warrior. Dancing like mad to your favourite playlist will do the trick too.
Get our diet in shape – the food we eat plays an integral part in top to toe health and wellness. The Association of British Dieticians recommends fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to boost our mood and energy levels. Polyunsaturated fatty acids such as the omega 3 oils found in oily fish, or a supplement like Krill Oil, are important for brain health. Fuelling our bodies and minds with the best real food has to be a good daily target.
Reducing unhelpful foods – no one wants to demonise one food over another, but some foods have a more positive effect than others. Eating lots of simple carbs, such as white bread or white pasta, can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Glucose levels then drop rapidly, which can make you feel tired and irritable. Likewise, fast food and processed convenience food can feel good in the short term but can deplete your vitamin and mineral levels, with a potential impact on your mood.
Manage our time – we're probably all guilty of trying to cram too much in or flitting between tasks on our to-do list. Some days it feels like we don't achieve much, and that doesn't feel good. Looming deadlines can be stressful if we're not organised. If we plan and use our time more productively, then that helps to reduce stress. Less stress tends to mean a better mood.
Just breathe – taking a moment for ourselves, even just to have a few really good, deep breaths, can have an immediate positive effect on how we're feeling. Deep breathing is one of our most powerful tools to help reduce anxiety and stress and is simple and quick to incorporate into our day. When we take shorter, shallower breaths, it can cause us to feel anxious and impact our energy. A few simple breathing exercises done throughout the day can be a real boost to your mood.
Write it out – sometimes, you just need to vent! It might feel like a negative thing, but writing down your thoughts is a proven practice for working through your feelings and reflections on the day. Rather than letting things build up, getting them down on paper can help you to move on. Keeping a journal is a great way to release your frustration and reflect on the things that have gone well in your day.