A lot about the past year has been extremely challenging. The unprecedented lifestyle changes we have all adopted out of care and consideration for ourselves and others. The uncertainty of the future we face. Not to mention the anxiety which now bubbles up for so many on a daily basis. But in amongst the tough times, there have been glimmering beacons of light – of kindness, of progress, of incredible transformational change and of a reconnection to nature. And one of those ever-brightening torches of hope, offering a lifeline to those who could do with a helping hand getting their wellbeing back on track, is CBD.
In more usual circumstances, we’d now be looking forward to the upcoming Christmas break as a time for unwinding with loved ones. But given the uncustomary events of this year, and as a result the restrictions we are all facing during the festive period, it’s likely that if anything many of us are feeling more anxious – not exactly what we need to get into the holiday spirit!
Although CBD can’t take away the problems of the world or give you your family sitting down for Christmas dinner, what is can do is help you maintain a sense of balance in the face of this unfamiliar landscape.
Help your mind and body relax
There’s no point pretending that you’re not anxiety-riddled if you are – according to mentalhealth.org.uk, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope during the past year. This isn’t something you should feel the need to hide, or believe is out of your control. There are many ways you can help yourself, so together, let’s face stress head on with a mission to find healthy ways to soothe your mind, organise your thoughts and support your body.
When you’re under a lot of pressure it can seem beyond the realm of possibility to take some time out, but there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that this is one of the best things you can do – even if it’s just 20 minutes a day. We can all find that time somewhere.
Ayurvedic coach and Neom’s resident sleep expert, Alison Franci explains ‘Our brain during waking time is usually in Beta waves (busy daytime brain waves). That’s very tiring for the mind when there’s literally no downtime. We’re constantly wired. We grab the phone as soon as we wake up to check emails and we’re still there in the evening doing the same thing in-between all the running around.’
She continues ‘The brain needs to quiet down in order to connect to creativity and truth. When the brain is in that state, it’s in Alpha waves. That’s not watching TV or scrolling Facebook on the sofa, it’s time when you’re just being present with no distractions.’
Crafting, reading, meditating or enjoying a screen-free game or crossword are all perfect examples of the downtime we need to reconnect with the part of the brain where we process emotion and experience. By doing this, you can drastically reduce stress and give even the most anxious mind the much-needed opportunity to relax. According to NASA scientists, 26 minutes is the optimum time needed to dramatically improve mental and physical health and personal relationships and unleash new bounds of productivity and creativity! But getting to the point where you feel able to just stop and prioritise your own wellbeing when you’re burdened by stress can be tough. And this is where CBD steps in.
CBD – the natural support you need
Taking a little CBD oil during times of acute stress or anxiety can help restore balance right away. This is partly thanks to this molecules direct activation of serotonin receptors and its ability to support the release and spread of ‘bliss molecule’ anandamide. This endocannabinoid (a cannabinoid created within the body) acts a bit like a gatekeeper for stress signalling – when enough anandamide is present in the brain and bloodstream, it will regulate the release of stress hormone cortisol and only let it out when really needed.
Better still, if you’re prone to stress and overwhelm on a regular basis, taking CBD every day can help to keep your stress-responses in check overall, preventing the unnecessary triggering of the fight or flight response in the first place.
Making CBD a part of your daily routine, ideally through microdosing (taking small amounts throughout the day) can help your physical and emotional wellbeing return to neutral. This gives you a much clearer path to begin working on your wellbeing in other ways, like the down time mentioned above, as well as helping maintain a sense of calm and relaxation, even in high pressure situations.
CBD oil drops are not the only option!
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