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I’m sort of out of touch with the warp and woof of the music industry these days, but I understand Taylor Swift to be a pretty well-regarded figure in pop culture-complete with all the fixings.
Started in a small town, acoustic guitar, humble beginnings, Grammy’s, Kanye West interruptions and passive-aggressive feuds, etc. Whether or not you’re a fan, its always nice to know that pipe dreams do sometimes turn into realities.
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Additionally, we can all empathize, albeit on a much smaller scale, with the panic that tails success.
“It can feel, at times, if you let your anxiety get the better of you like everybody’s waiting for you to really mess up – and then you’ll be done,” Swift told Glamour Magazine a few years back. Swift more recently sat down with Elle Magazine to talk about all the things she learned before she says goodbye to her twenties later this year.
Number 15 of her list of 30 was her use of supplements to help her better combat anxiety. “Vitamins make me feel so much better! I take L-theanine, which is a natural supplement to help with stress and anxiety,” she said. Not too long ago Ladders reported on the rise of nootropics. The natural brain-boosting supplements have been studied to yield pretty consistent effects, especially when coupled with other healthy dietary habits and physical activity.
Theanine is an amino acid that is known for its ability to reach the brain quickly by reason of its structure. In companion with caffeine, it provides a remarkable enhancement to cognition. According to a study, “L-theanine and caffeine in combination are beneficial for improving performance on cognitively demanding tasks.” It mitigates the effects of anxiety by reducing its symptoms, like a racing heart for instance and elevated blood pressure.
Unlike most conventional anti-anxiety medication, the reduction of anxiety that L-Theanine engenders does not come at the cost of alertness. It stimulates alpha brain wave activity, making us both at ease and attention.
If you’re not big into supplements there are plenty of organic ways to obtain the super amino acid. Green Tea is a great source to start. Countries that frequently drink green tea, were found to exhibit much lower rates of depression.
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