How CBD Helps with Holiday Stress
Deck the halls, not your brother-in-law.
The holidays can be some of the most stressful times of the year, doubly so in a year like 2020. As we count down just one more month, the time for Christmas shopping, financial strain, family gatherings (maybe), and continuing loneliness and isolation draws nearer. That’s not to say the holidays are all bad. Family, gratitude, giving, lights, and Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song” are all wonderful things, but there’s no arguing the heightening level of stress that shows up, even when you’re having a great time running your tail off to cook, clean, shop, decorate, and otherwise prepare for the most wonderful time of the year.
Lowering your Holiday Stress Level
You’ve probably already been told that you can lower your stress and stabilize your mood by eating better, getting exercise, and maintaining a regular sleep schedule. The problem isn’t that you don’t know what to do; it’s that it’s much easier said than done, especially at this time of year. Stress makes it harder to get into a healthy routine, and not being in a healthy routine makes it hard to get stress under control. Add seasonal depression, weather-related pain, and whatever else the holiday season has in store, and you’ve got your work cut out for you.
Don’t worry. There is good news. The reason your endocannabinoid system is called your endocannabinoid system is because of the powerful way in which cannabis extracts interact with it. By supporting your body’s natural self-care processes with a natural extract that acts directly upon the system that’s responsible for your mood, sleep, stress, and healing, you can not only improve your mental and emotional health in the short term but also help yourself get back into the behavior patterns that increase endorphins and lower the stress hormone, cortisol.
Get a workout without a time-out
If there is no regular exercise regimen, getting started can be a challenge. Your body might not be used to that level of athletic activity and go through a long recovery period after your first several workouts. These recovery periods will include muscle soreness that can get bad enough to take you out of the game. Cut your recovery time and soreness level down by supporting your body’s natural response to stress with a full-spectrum, organic hemp extract. Adding CBD oil to your regimen can also help secondary post-workout muscle damage.
Establish a better sleep routine
When stress is high, sleep is hard to come by for a lot of people. Many people are already dealing with conditions and circumstances that make sleep difficult, and when the holidays come around, it’s even worse. CBD supports your overall wellness, such as stress reduction, in a way that makes it easier to sleep. A 2017 review in Current Psychiatry Reports suggests that CBD might also affect sleep directly by interacting with receptors that govern our sleeping and waking cycles. Research is limited but currently seems to indicate that CBD for sleep works best on an as-needed basis, as opposed to a nightly regimen.
Quit with the mood swings
There are a ton of reasons for your mood to be all over the place around the holidays. If you are not be getting enough sleep and exercise and you’re probably not maintaining the strictest diet from Thanksgiving to New Years'. Not to mention your parents, kids, or siblings are in town, you haven’t finished your holiday shopping (or you have, and your bank account shows it), and maybe you suffer from a touch of seasonal depression. Whatever this season brings for you, it’s pretty common to experience some stress, sadness, and mood imbalance, but there are things you can do to prevent the worst of it.
First, it will help significantly to get some regular, restful sleep and be relatively conscious of what you’re eating. Neither of these things is particularly easy during the holiday season, but the more you improve your everyday routines, the better you’re going to feel emotionally and mentally. Another thing you can do (surprise!) is taking a high-quality, full-spectrum CBD oil.
Phase II clinical trials for CBD’s efficacy as a mood balancer are looking promising so far. All of the testing and research leading up to this phase have had positive outcomes in improving emotional balance for participants. If you’re working on improving your sleeping patterns, a good hemp extract can serve double functions by supporting your sleep and your mood balance.
Don’t let pain put a damper on the festivities.
The Holidays coincide with a change in the weather that can increase discomfort for a lot of people. Your body may be more sensitive, pressure in your joints change, and muscles tense up, exacerbating conditions like joint discomfort and other body aches. New and old injuries, chronic and acute, and other mildly uncomfortable to severe discomfort just seem to feel that much worse when it gets cold and dry outside.
If you want to use CBD to help get yourself through the holiday season, make sure you’re getting a hemp extract that has everything you need inside. Nesas Hemp’s high concentration of CBDa makes our product more effective than other leading CBD oils. We use a customized extraction process and UV-resistant bottles to deliver all of the cannabis plant’s natural compounds to you, so you can help your body achieve a more restful night’s sleep, a more stabilized mood during the day, better pain management, and a reduction in your overall amount of holiday stress. Enjoy the holiday season with the people you love by giving your body better tools to battle stress.