How To Stay Calm In November
Updated: Jan 6
It's November 2020. It's election time. The Coronavirus infection numbers are all too similar to what we saw in March. Oh, and it's the holidays.
Many of us are asking, 'How do I stay calm in November?'
We begin the month with what some are calling 'the most important election in U.S. history'. Tensions are at all time high, and social media feeds are filled with images showing boarded up stores preparing for potential upheaval once results are finalized. We then round out the month celebrating the blessings of our nation during Thanksgiving, surrounded by family, friends, and feast.
While many turn to libations as a stress reliever, these natural anti-anxiety nootropics provide all the necessities to take the edge off without the next day nausea.
Ashwagandha is an ancient herb from India that is used to reduce stress and improve mood. It has been a prominent herb used for medicinal purposes for over 3000 years, and now is a widely popular supplement due to its many health benefits. These health benefits can be attributed to the plant's high concentration of withanolides, which is a group of natural occurring steroids. It is classified as an adaptogen due to it's stress relieving effects on the brain and body. While it may not provide an immediate cognitive boost like other Nootropics, it's stress relieving effects may indirectly boost cognition by lowering anxiety and boosting mood.
Ashwagandha is considered safe and very well tolerated. It is very affordable and widely available, so it is a great Nootropic to try for both beginners and experts!
-May improve brain function and memory
-Can reduce cortisol levels
-May boost testosterone and increase fertility in men
-May increase muscle mass and strength
-Safe for most people and widely available
Recommended Dosage is 300 mg-500 mg daily
Lion's Mane is a natural mushroom that can be eaten or taken in the form of a supplement. Research shows that it can provide a number of health benefits which include, treatment of anxiety and depression, reduced inflammation, and improved cognitive health. The primary active compounds in Lion's Mane are, hericenones, and erinacines, which both stimulate nerve growth factor. Nerve growth factor are special proteins that function to regenerate neurons, which ultimately contributes to neurogenesis. Additionally, elevated levels of nerve growth factor levels, leads to enhanced learning and memory function.
While effects might not be as profound, Lion's Mane is considered very safe, and well tolerated, and can be stacked with a number of other Nootropics.
-Fights anxiety and depression
-Boosts memory and learning function
-Supports brain health
-Supports immune function
Recommended dosage ranges from 500 mg-3000 mg per day
L-Theanine is natural amino acid which is commonly found in green and black tea. It is also widely available in supplement form. Studies show that L-Theanine may affect levels of various chemicals in the brain, which include dopamine and serotonin. These two neurotransmitters influence mood, sleep, emotion, and cortisol which helps the body deal with stress.
L-Theanine is considered very safe and effective, which makes it a perfect Nootropic for people looking for a natural cognitive boosting supplement, that also reduces stress and anxiety.
-Enhanced feeling of relaxation
-Reduced stress and anxiety
-Better mental focus and clarity
-Promotes brain health
Recommended dosage is 100-250 mg per day.
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen herb, which primarily helps your body adapt to stress.
It has amazing mood boosting effects, by increasing serotonin, norepinephrine, and endorphin levels in the brain. There are also studies that suggest Rhodiola Rosea to benefit the brain's long-term protection and health.
It is considered very safe, with mild side effects typically occurring at higher doses. There is a long history of research on the use of Rhodiola Rosea, which can be reassuring when first trying this supplement out.
-Fights mental and physical fatigue
-Helps the body cope with stress
-Fights anxiety and depression
Recommended dosage ranges from 100 mg-600 mg per day