Stress and entrepreneurship—these two words typically come hand-in-hand.
It’s no surprise either. Budding entrepreneurs are so caught up doing everything themselves, including meeting investors, answering phones, dealing with clients, and playing social media guru that they can run themselves down into the ground pretty quickly. But stress can affect your health—it can weaken your immune system, make you more susceptible to developing cardiovascular diseases and can even lead to depression. And production will come to a halt if you get sick. Thus it’s important that you work to keep your stress levels down so that you can complete your tasks at hand.
That said, to learn 4 easy stress-coping mechanisms, continue reading below.
1. Add Whole Grain/Fiber to Diet.
One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to manage the amount of cortisol that is released into your body—cortisol is a hormone that is secreted when one is stressed. It’s the same hormone that makes people crave salty and sweet foods as well as cause high blood pressure. Whole grain and high fiber products such as breads, brown rice, legumes and brown pasta can actually manage cortisol levels as well as reduce inflammation.
2. Do Morning Yoga.
In addition to whole grain products, studies have proven that yoga can also manage cortisol levels as well. This is because yoga helps relax the body since it deals with deep controlled breathing and lowers one’s heart rate. Although yoga can help reduce levels of stress, it also can give you energy. Thus it’s a good idea to get in some yoga in the morning to keep you going all day. To learn some simple moves you can do each morning, click here.
3. Have more Sex.
Researchers have already discovered that sex can burn calories, help promote a healthy heart and boost pain tolerance, but studies also say it can reduce stress levels. This is because a variety of feel-good hormones and chemicals are released when one orgasms causing a peaceful and euphoric feeling—not to mention that it can also cause a soundly sleep. Good sleep is needed to manage high levels of stress as well.
4. Call Mom.
Lastly, reaching out and calling your mom to vent or seek guidance can actually reduce your stress level as well, at least that’s according to a new study that says hearing your mom’s voice can regulate cortisol levels as well as boost oxytocin, a hormone that makes us want to bond and feel “love dovey.”