Deal With the Stresses of Running a Business

It’s hard to avoid stressful situations completely when you’re running a business. However, there are a few things you might be doing that can increase those situations significantly. The big takeaway here is that you should be looking at areas of your work life that are causing you problems and doing something about it. If you are stressed while working, ill health, poor performance, and a struggling business may not be too far away.

We’ve covered dealing with stress and looking after your health before on this blog. But today, ‘were going to look at some practical things you can do to reduce your stress levels, start enjoying being a business owner again, and get some of your life back.

 

 

Tap into your self motivation

A lot of the stress you feel as a business owner is that you have a whole bunch of things to do and little time to do it. And the consequences of that can be severe – you lose motivation and have to go through a period of feeling low. It’s important that you are able to lift yourself out of gloomy periods, and remember that you are in this because you love what you do. Have this in mind all day, every day, and you will find yourself getting through the tough periods a lot quicker and easier.

Get help

A lot of small business owners take on far too many tasks, when there is really no need – and the likelihood is that you will just spread yourself thin. So, think of areas where you don’t have expertise, or that take up far too much of your valuable time. For example, perhaps technology isn’t your thing, and you would benefit from outsourcing to an IT support company. Maybe you waste hours – or even days – poring over your SEO stats when a professional digital marketing company could do a better and faster job than you. Ultimately, this will free up your time to focus on what you are good at, and the as the confidence returns, the stress will diminish.

Take time out

This one can be tricky for small business owners, who feel nothing less than guilty when they aren’t working on their companies. However, it’s critical that you take time out. Not only can you step back and take stock of what you have achieved and what you need to do, but you will find scheduling a time out once in a while refreshes the body, mind and soul. Whether you use that time for leisure, catching up with friends, exercise – or a mixture of all three – it’s essential you have down time.

Find a support system

Finally, ensure you have support around you outside of the work environment. Family and friends are a good idea to watch your back, of course, but also consider extending your network. Mentors who have experience in your industry can prove invaluable if you need to offload and get advice on something specific. And hooking up with like minded others at networking events can be beneficial, too. Ultimately, spending time with others is a great way to destress and talk things through – which will be good for releasing some mental pressure.

What Is Mushroom Coffee?

So, What Is Mushroom Coffee?

 

Pretty sure that you’re thinking of regular coffee beans with chunks of mushrooms sitting in it, like the kind you may put on pizza or in your pasta sauce but, that is wildly wrong. Not only are there no dried-up chunks of mushroom mixed in with your coffee beans but they aren’t the kind you would use for cooking. Let’s go over how mushroom coffee is made, the kind of mushrooms used, and what this new trend actually is.

What Kind of Mushrooms Are Used?

The kind of mushrooms harvested for mushroom coffee aren’t the kind that are used in cooking. Rather, they are mostly found in Chinese medicine and supplements for their well-documented health benefits.  The most common mushrooms found in mushroom coffee are typically Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga. These three mushrooms are nutrient rich and are known to better your health by boosting the immune and respiratory systems, increasing various organ functions, and reduce the risk of a host of diseases.

They’ve been found in many Chinese teas and so it was only a matter of time before they were blended with our morning brew. Most of the Western world has two cups of coffee, at least, daily and fusing our love of the caffeine bean with these mushrooms guarantees a healthy infusion daily as well. Speaking of caffeine, adding these mushrooms cuts down on the amount in your morning cup of joe without robbing you of your morning perk either. The same can be said about the antioxidants naturally found in coffee beans, the mushrooms added increases the amount and as we know, antioxidants help fight cancer cells.

So, if these super mushrooms aren’t chopped up, dried out, and thrown into your bag of coffee beans then how are they added to it?

 

How Do the Mushrooms Get into the Coffee?

There are a few methods by which people get the mushrooms in with the coffee beans and it ultimately depends on what the company is going for in terms of taste and texture Let’s break down the three primary ways one would make mushroom coffee:

Mushroom Powder: this method is also used with tea blends and is exactly how it sounds. The mushrooms are dried out and turned to a powder that is then mixed with hot water, steeping the coffee beans to soak up the nutrients of the mushroom.

Pulverized Mushrooms: This is the closest to having chunks of mushrooms in your coffee. What they do is take pieces of one of the mushrooms discussed above and dry them out before crushing them into almost dust then mix them into the beans or coffee grounds. When you add water to make your mushroom coffee the tiny pieces and powder steep into the coffee beans, giving you the flavor and benefits of the mushrooms.

Mushroom Extracts: If you know anything about essential oils then you have the jist of this process. There are quite a few ways to create an essential oil but they all typically involve heating up water to simmer with the mushrooms. The steam rising contains the essence of the mushroom, the flavors and the nutrients, which travels into a tube leading it to settle into cold water. The oil would be on top of the cold water to harvest. Once the mushroom extract is gathered it is added to the coffee beans or grounds which then binds to the coffee itself. Grinding the beans in the morning releases the oils into the ground, getting you your mushroom coffee.

We’ve discussed what kind of mushrooms and how they get into your morning brew, but what about the coffee beans?

 

What Kind of Coffee Is in Mushroom Coffee?

We know there are several types of coffee beans and ways to roast that affect the flavor of your coffee cup, so this is half the battle in making mushroom coffee. The most common coffee is Arabica and that is because they are the most dominant coffee in the world, as well as the most popular. That is probably the one you’ll find most when shopping for mushroom coffee, but there may be others. All coffee brands state what kind of roast and bean they use, so if you’re looking for another flavor just read the label. But, remember that each coffee beans carries its own flavor and if you’re making mushroom coffee you have to know how all those tastes will mingle.

Now that we’ve summarized what mushroom coffee is you won’t be so flabbergasted when seeing it online or in a health-food store. If you’re worried about tasting the same flavors you’d expect from a mushroom pizza, put those concerns aside; it’s still coffee. The difference is that mushroom coffee cuts way down on caffeine, has a plethora of added health benefits, and you still get the energy boost. It’s the no jitter coffee that does more than adding some fuel to the morning and give you a small boost of antioxidants. You could think of mushroom coffee as a suped-up coffee blend, a drinkable investment in overall health.

That is mushroom coffee.

Why Balancing Your Skin Is Important

We frequently talk about balance in our lives. We balance our diets, balance the checkbook and try to balance our time. With all this talk about balance there is one more thing we need to balance and it is CRUCIAL. We need to balance our skin! So lets talk about Why Balancing Your Skin Is Important

If our skin is not balanced, it can trick us into thinking it is one thing when it is not. Although we can discuss balancing the pH of our skin, but that is not the type of balance I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about Basic balance, which I believe to be our water-oil balance.

Healthy skin has a perfect oil and water balance, which allows skin cells to do their job naturally and effectively.

If someone asks, you which skin type you have, what would your answer be? For most people it would probably be “I’m not really sure, it might be oily or dry”. Water-Oil balance is the basis of skin type, and once your Esthetician has determined what your true skin type is, he or she can create a skin care regimen that will work FOR you and not AGAINST you.

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All skin requires moisture from both water and oil in order to function properly and do everything from looking and feeling great to keeping us looking younger longer. Depleted or imbalanced hydration – lacking either oil or water – is the first thing that causes our skin to become dull looking as well as increasing aging and fine lines.

So when our skin doesn’t get enough moisture either due to environmental factors, intrinsic factors or simply the wrong skin care regimen our skin becomes weak and sensitive. If we don’t have proper moisture in our skin, the skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and dehydration. When our skin is out of balance it cannot defend itself from these factors and therefore can’t heal and protect itself from damage. This can lead to common skin concerns such as rough texture, redness, dry patches, flaky skin, and even acne. When these things happen, we panic and may resort to stripping cleansers, over-exfoliation, neglect, the wrong products, or a myriad of other things we think are helping, but in fact are causing more problems. With all that said, here is what you need need to know about water vs. oil in your skin.

There is an important relationship between water and skin. When your skin doesn’t have enough water it is dehydrated. Since our bodies are composed 70% of water it only makes sense that we need it for our skin also. After all, skin is the largest organ of our body. Our skin cannot produce moisture on its own and relies on moisture from the water we drink and moisturizers we apply. Environmental factors can also increase the dehydration of our skin. Things like heaters in the winter, smoking, travel, and dry air can also dehydrate our skin.

When our skin is dehydrated it does the best it can to compensate……it creates oil. So our skin is now dry AND oily. So we feel oily and do what we think is right which usually strips the oil and makes our skin even more dehydrated.

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Now some people do just naturally have dry skin. Dry skin makes the least amount of its own oil. Normal skin produces a normal amount of oil and oily skin produces the most amount of oil. Age, smoking and weather conditions can cause our skin to produce less oil, and using harsh cleansers can also remove our skins natural oil. So when our skin lacks oil, that is when it gets sensitive, red, blotchy and have acne. So your skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and the dry/oily/dehydrated cycle just keep repeating!

So how can you stay balanced?

With a Skin care regimen that is correct for your individual skin!!!

Finding products with the correct ingredients for your skin type, you may need to make changes during different seasons, and use the right amount of products. Too little can keep you dry and too many can be an overload.

Here at Glam and Go, LLC we offer a Consultation and Analysis so our Licensed Estheticians can examine your skin closely and create a regimen that will be right for your skin. At a price of $35.00 if you come to us and $55.00 if we come to you, this is one expenditure you will thank yourself for making! During the C&A we cleanse your skin, do a detailed and thorough analysis using a magnifying lamp and Woods lamp, cleanse again, apply a corrective mask to get your skin on its way to recovery and moisturize with a product suited for your correct skin type. Make your appointment today!!