What I'm about to tell you is probably THE most important thing I've discussed thus far. It's not only going to improve your game more than anything I've discussed so far, but it's also going to improve your life and sense of well-being. If you take anything away from this blog, this is it. This is the key to my success.
I struggle with stress. In fact, I'd even say it's my kryptonite. I tend to take on too many projects at one time. If that wasn't bad enough, I'm also a perfectionist. If it doesn't surpass my standards, it doesn't leave my office. I scrutinize every single detail over and over. As much as I hate to admit, that happens more often than I like. At any one time, I'll be working 9-6 at my pharmacy, writing an article for this blog, preparing a presentation for a group of medical professionals, providing consultations to athletes about their nutrition and supplement regimens, while trying to spend enough time with my fiancé so I don't find myself on the couch. Once again, that happens more often than I like to admit. Oh yea, did I also mention I'm trying to improve my poker game so that I can actually participate in the WSOP within the next 3 years? I've just recently surpassed the pathetic level. So little time dominoqq.
The following "stress less formula" has helped me out tremendously. I've spent more time researching anti-stress supplements (aka adaptogens) more than any other category of supplements. Why? Because my health depended on it. Stress was slowly taking years off my life. I had trouble sleeping, my memory was declining, my blood pressure was up, and I had PMS 22 out of 30 days of the month. Right now to the right of my computer, I have over 300 pages of clinical studies, medical reviews, and copies of textbooks documenting the effects of the ingredients I'm about to tell you about. I believe this is the most important article yet, not because the medical literature says so, but because I'm living proof.
Before I get into my formula, it would be a travesty if I first didn't discuss the basics to living a stress-less life. Nutrition, sleep, exercise, yoga, meditation, and visualization are all excellent ways to deal with stress. They are the foundation of any stress-less campaign. In fact, many people have found that by just using one of those, their stress has been drastically reduced.
I however am not one of those people. Because of my lack of flexibility, yoga does more harm than good for me. Meditation has been valuable in my stress-less campaign. Exercise has been a great release for me. Because I'm an avid weightlifter, my diet and sleep schedule are pretty good thus benefiting my stress-less life. However, even with meditation, exercise, a good diet, and a normal sleep schedule, I still was losing the battle with stress. I had to resort to my secret weapon to win the war: medical literature. I went straight to medical journals and textbooks to find relief. Lucky for me, I found the gold I had been searching for.