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Let's face it: it's a difficult time to be an entrepreneur.
Since March the world has turned upside down. Your office is likely closed, revenues are disrupted if not massively plummeted, business travel is largely absent, employees are a problem, the future is uncertain – let's not even start with the SBA Payroll Protection Program and other incentive measures .
If stress gets the best out of you, here are six natural remedies that might help. As always, do your research and speak to your doctors about the introduction of nutritional supplements.
1. Rhodiola rosea
You may not have heard of this herb yet, but Rhodiola rosea has been used by people in Scandinavia, Russia, and China for years to reduce fatigue and increase energy. Research has shown that Rhodiola rosea, among other things, increases the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that slows down our mental and physical processes.
For most of the people who use it, this herb helps fight anxiety well. But it's not for everyone. Some people actually report the opposite effect, increasing anxiety and irritability. As you try, closely monitor your moods and ask those you live with to do the same.
One reason some people drink tea is because it supposedly gives a boost, without the buzz and fear that sometimes comes with drinking coffee. You can thank L-theanine, a compound found in many teas that promotes focus and calmness. Studies have shown that L-theanine doesn't just reduce anxiety. it appears to improve verbal language skills, executive function, and sleep.
Tea is a common way to add a little L-theanine to your diet to help relieve stress. But if you're not a tea drinker – or, like me, like a little too much sugar in your tea – you can get that compound in supplement form too.
3. CBD oil
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is getting a lot of attention lately. Part of that attention comes from the fact that CBD is a natural extract from cannabis, the same plant that produces marijuana. Most of the attention, however, comes from the fact that this non-hallucinogenic part of the cannabis plant has a ton of health benefits – including anxiety relief.
CBD targets the endocannabinoid system, the part of the body that is responsible for feelings of relaxation and exhilaration after a strenuous exercise. Just like a runner high, CBD brings with it a sustained calm and focus that can be a great counterbalance to stress.
Best of all, you can get this stress reliever in gummy bear form. "We sell CBD oil in a variety of forms, but the gummy bears may be the most popular," laughs David Levitt, co-founder of CBD gummy bear maker bioMD +.
4. Omega-3 fatty acids
Your brain is very susceptible to inflammation, which causes anxiety and stress. One of the main drivers of inflammation is omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in cheap vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates. A natural way to compensate for this is by consuming omega-3 fatty acids, which act as anti-inflammatory agents in your brain and counteract the effects of omega-6 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are naturally found in fish oil. So, if you need a break from the stress of business management, consider increasing the amount of mackerel, salmon, herring, or oysters you consume. If you want to avoid fish breath, consider adding omega-3 oil as a supplement. Make sure you are getting omega-3 supplements that are made from fish oil, but not from plant sources. Although plant-based omega-3 supplements work and are an option for vegetarians and vegans, a Harvard study showed that they are nowhere near as effective as the fish-based variety.
5. Essential oils
Since you are likely to be working from home now, another way to reduce anxiety is using essential oils while you work. There is an entire industry that uses flavors and essential oils to help relax and relieve stress.
If you're overwhelmed by the oil choices, focus on lavender, chamomile, and cedarwood, which are known to lower heart rates, relieve tension in the body, promote relaxation, and improve sleep. You can smell, burn, disperse, or even dab these oils on your skin if your stress level feels a little high.
6. Vitamin D.
D serves to reduce stress. As humans, we have evolved to expect a lot of sunlight. But when we work indoors, we often suffer from vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to anxiety and stress. It turns out that the stress you've been experiencing over the past few months may have to do with spending too much time indoors, not just with the current state of the world.
Vitamin D supplements can help, but there is some research that suggests they may not work as well as you think they are. A better way to get more vitamin D is through the old-fashioned habit of going outside and taking a walk. Not only do you get a little exercise that helps with anxiety, but also the precious sun rays that naturally give you the vitamin D your body craves.
During these times, you can't really get rid of the stress of running a business, but you can use natural remedies to manage your anxiety. So go ahead, but don't forget to manage your stress.