Nootropics for Stress
Introduction

Work stress can send your mind into overdrive and kill your productivity. Fortunately, nootropics for stress can even you out and get you back on track!

If there’s one emotion every entrepreneur can identify with, it’s stress. Building your own business from the ground up can be exhilarating, empowering and endlessly rewarding, but it can also send your stress levels into overdrive.

Taking sole responsibility for every aspect of your budding business puts you under enormous pressure to excel; after all, if things go wrong, it’s your neck on the line!

Unfortunately, once those alarm bells start ringing it can be hard to focus on anything else, and your productivity and professionalism are sure to suffer as a result. When you have deadlines to meet and targets to hit, this is the last thing you need!

Personalised nootropics can help you adapt to stress and can eve reduce to impact of stress on the body. But what’s in nootropics for stress, and how can they help you stay calm when faced with challenges at work?

What is stress?

The condition of stress describes a physiological reaction to pressure, which often manifests itself in a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. These include irritability, tension, sleep problems and exhaustion. If you ignore stress and continue to push yourself to breaking point, you run the risk of entering ‘burnout’ territory and, once there, you can kiss your prospects of success goodbye.

If you frequently find yourself crippled with stress at work, you need to address it immediately for the sake of both your business and your long-term health. Read on to learn how nootropics can help you tackle stress, for a more productive (and more positive) you.

Which adaptogens are effective for reducing stress?

Rhodiola rosea and gotu kola are both powerful adaptogens that have been found to have stress-relieving effects on the body. When taken daily as part of a personalised nootropics stack, these potent natural medicines can help to even out your mood and silence those alarm bells, allowing you to focus effectively on your work. Lowering your daily stress levels can not only make you more efficient at your job, but can also help you to beat chronic stress and burnout.

Both Rhodiola rosea and gotu kola have been scientifically studied and found to reduce the effects of stress on the body. But where do these natural medicines come from, and how do they work?

Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola rosea is a flowering plant native to the arctic regions of Europe, Asia and North America and is commonly used in Russian, Scandinavian and Chinese traditional medicine systems. This powerful adaptogen (which also goes by the names of golden root, rose root and arctic root) can be used to treat a variety of disorders, including stress.

When put to the test in clinical trials, Rhodiola rosea was found to effectively combat fatigue associated with stress [1] when taken regularly, resulting in better mental performance among participants. One way in which it is thought to do this is by decreasing the effects of stress hormones (such as cortisol) on the body. Consistently elevated levels of cortisol has been linked to chronic stress [2], so reducing the effects of this hormone on the body can be a great way to head off the dreaded burnout.

Protecting your body and mind from chronic stress can also reduce your risk of other productivity-killing conditions such as anxiety, depression and sleep problems [3]. Personalised nootropics stacks containing Rhodiola rosea can, therefore, help to keep your mind and body functioning at full-power, especially when used as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Gotu kola (Centella Asiatica)

Gotu kola (AKA Indian or Asiatic pennywort) is a medicinal plant found in the tropical and subtropical regions of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, South Africa and Eastern Europe. This potent adaptogen has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic traditional medicine systems as a treatment for anxiety and depression [4]. Gotu kola is also widely used in Indonesia to promote wound healing, improve cognition, and to treat a variety of skin complaints and diseases [5].

Today, gotu kola is rapidly gaining popularity in the West as an alternative, therapeutic treatment for stress. Scientific studies have found that daily supplementation with gotu kola capsules was found to reduce stress, anxiety and depression in participants after 60 days [6]. Further studies [7] have also concluded that the herb is effective for alleviating anxiety and depression in healthy adults, suggesting that gotu kola does, in fact, have a calming effect on the body and mind.

For the busy professional, this can reduce stress and increase your ability to concentrate at work, allowing you to effortlessly power through tasks without ever breaking a sweat.

Conclusion

Work stress gets to us all, but non so much as the independent entrepreneur. Building your own business takes razor-sharp focus and tireless perseverance, but once stress takes over it can become almost impossible to keep your mind on the job. Over time, chronic stress can give way to burnout, anxiety and depression, so heading off stress as soon as you feel it building is crucial for your long-term health (and your professional success!)

Nootropics for stress, such as Rhodiola rosea and gotu kola, can have a calming, therapeutic effect on the body. By decreasing the effects of stress hormones, these potent adaptogens have the power to keep you steady and focused at work, especially when taken daily as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

References

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