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Nov 19, 2021
We all know that feeling: you wake up and your heart is racing, the day's tasks seem insurmountable, and it feels like there are miles between you and anything resembling happiness. It's a constant battle to find the perfect balance between work, family and your sanity. If this sounds familiar, don't worry! In today’s Daily Dose, we have some solutions to help get you back on track. Close your eyes, relax your jaw and take a deep breath. You'll be back in fighting form in no time!
Taking the Edge Off
1 - Not Your Average Anti-Anxiety Medication
It started as an anti-anxiety drug for Russian cosmonauts in the 1960s. Now phenibut is emerging as the latest drug to be widely abused in the U.S. — with significant side effects, even deaths. Often consumed as a party drug to lower inhibitions, it’s now resulting in hundreds of calls to poison control each year. And 13 percent of phenibut cases reported at health care facilities have life-threatening or disabling symptoms.
Are you ready for a new kind of marijuana magic? Meet cannabigerol, or CBG. New research shows the hard-to-extract compound carries the best qualities of CBD and THC — without the high. Now the race is on to extract CBG more efficiently so the burgeoning medical marijuana business can make more green. Some experts even say that within a cannabis pharma market that’s projected to hit $50 billion by 2025, CBG could become a kingpin.
They’re buzzing. A new breed of female baristas, roasters, judges and quality experts is coming to the fore in the Middle East, all of a sudden defining the coffee scene in the male-dominated region. These entrepreneurs are part of a push by regimes like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to diversify their economies away from oil and encourage more women in the workforce, if slightly. And we all know entrepreneurship runs on caffeine.
As we pass the two-year mark of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced millions to work from home, leading to increased stress and a squeeze on leisure time — not to mention the added mental strain of a racial justice reckoning — we’re hitting an epidemic of burnout. Now a new suite of startups is sprouting with solutions. From helping companies identify burnout cues early so they can spring into action to a “mental health gym” that will connect you with therapy, these platforms are here to keep your flame from extinguishing.
Mindfulness practices often feel inaccessible. Either they look too “out there” or seem to require more hours of the day than people can afford to devote to, say, sitting in silence. But what if you could combine two of the items on your 2021 resolution list: working out and mindfulness? Guided running meditations, known as mindful running, are becoming increasingly popular on fitness streaming platforms, and with the heightened importance of spending time outdoors these days, running to meditate might make you hate running a little less.
3 - Sober Living
With the new year around the corner, think about giving “dry January” a shot to start the year! Taking a monthlong break from alcohol has become a popular way to feel refreshed and ready for the year ahead. And this new year, it’s an opportunity to forgo “qurantinis” and experiment with new nightly traditions like these clever mocktails.
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Try Something New
1 - Hit the Slopes
Many parents understandably want their kids to avoid playing indoor sports this year. A surprising new alternative is emerging in the Midwest: cross-country skiing. The sport is perfect for people looking to spend time in the snow and avoid lift lines. Plus, Nordic skiing costs much less than downhill skiing and is a killer cardio workout.
The blockbuster success of The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix is inspiring people to try their hand at chess, with a record number of people joining chess-playing platforms and watching matches. Want to try the game but worried you’ll be no good? Here are some tips from grandmaster Maurice Ashley — it starts with controlling and occupying the center of the board.
Intentional lounging and rest is the best pasttime. Take the time to relax, mute your phone and read a good book. Try baking an ambitious new dish, and then savor it while snuggled on the couch. Your mental health will thank you.
Quote of the Day
“Burnout is what happens when you avoid being human for too long.”
— Michael Gungor
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