Take Your Vitamins

It is so hard to hit all the daily nutrition requirements when you can barely keep your shit together. Getting the minimum of what you need in an easy and accessible way will help you out tons. Anxiety and depression can by symptoms of iron, vitamin D, magnesium, and a whole bucket-load of other deficiencies. You can start with a full blood panel to check your levels and see where you can supplement. It's also recommended to start taking prenatals way before you even conceive.

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Take the Stairs

You can literally exercise anywhere at anytime and you don't need to make it complicated at all. I did prenatal yoga in my living room on a towel from a youtube video. Being physically active doesn't mean you need to get an expensive gym membership, you just need to move your bod. Park further from the entrance, skip the elevator, or do a few squats while babywearing. Exercise doesn't just help your heart health, it increases our energy and mood while squashing stress. 

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Doughnuts < Fruit

The more plants and colourful foods (not gummy bears) we put on our plates, the more good we're doing for our physical health. Your immune system will thank you when you're dodging cold and flu season like it's your full-time job. When you start your day off with a green smoothie, how can you not feel like your best self? Aim for 1 healthy thing a day. Then the next day grab 2 things. by the 7th day, you'll be so much health you won't even want that doughnut (okay maybe just this once). 

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Drown your feelings in H2O

Brain power is all about balance - water and other elements are necessary for simple brain functions. When we're dehydrated, our brain cells lose efficiency so we have more trouble staying focused, recall of long-term memory, and short term memory function. When you're dehydrated, you might make some not so smart decisions - like not thinking to check your calendar to confirm when you're super important meeting is. And don't count anything that has caffeine towards your daily water intake - because it's a diuretic, it doesn't help us out when we need that hydration.

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Fresh air. Like, outside air.

Staying indoors with little to no exposure to nature, open space, or fresh air can be seriously detrimental to your health. Studies by Standford University have shown when individuals are exposed to nature they have lower levels of rumination centred in worthlessness or inadequacy. Have you ever been so caught up in negative thoughts that you repeat them in your head over and over, with no solution to the problem at hand? Getting fresh air can help get you out of your funk and allow you to open your mind up to positive thoughts. Having plants indoors can also help with your exposure to nature.

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Count Those Z's

Sleep and mood go hand in hand (seriously, Harvard has done some extensive research on this) - low quality and quantity sleep can cause irritability and stress, especially night after night of sleeplessness. Getting in those 6-8 hours of sleep is SO important to helping us feel our best. The good news is that the stress and anxiety caused by sleep deprivation can be easily fixed - find a sleep routine that works for you and you'll find your moods almost immediately improved.

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