Experts estimate that up to 80% of all disease is stress related. That is a scary statistic! Stress is something that affects us all. Chronic stress is long-term stress that goes unimpeded over a long period of time. The fear, flight or fight response is on for an extended time and adrenaline is pumping constantly. This places fatigue on the body’s entire system.
Stress is a key cause of many small and big health problems, including hypertension, headaches, insomnia, skin conditions, diabetes, depression, and anxiety just to name a few. Knowing that stress has such an impact on our health, it is important to take steps to combat it to whatever extent we can.
Here are five everyday keys that help you defuse some of your stress levels and keep you that much healthier and happier.
Mindfulness is the art of focusing on the present moment. Instead of worrying on the future or obsessing over the past, try focusing your mind on experiencing the present moment. The past is gone, and the future isn't here yet, so the only realistic choice is to be in the present moment.
One way to do this is to become aware of your different senses: Focus on your breathing in and out, listen to the sounds outside your window, feel the touch of your clothes on your skin, smell the aromas of your food, appreciate the colors around you, and notice the tastes of foods when you eat.
Remember, you always have control over what you decide to think about and focus on. Try focusing more on good feeling thoughts as often as you can throughout the day. The key is to notice how you feel (emotionally) when you are thinking of something. If it feels bad, that's the indicator that you are "out of tune" with yourself. That's your clue to gently guide your thoughts to something that feels good to you. Learn to listen to and trust your emotions...they are NEVER wrong.
Take some time to just chill out and "be". It's okay not to be on "go mode" all the time. Learn how to relax all your muscles; you can start at your head and work your way to your toes. Clench one muscle group for a few seconds, and then release. Move on to the next muscle group and repeat. As you relax, the stress response is turned off and the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in, aiding your digestion and your ability to experience peace and inner quiet.
Get Some Exercise
Regular exercise is known to boost your immunity, improve heart health and blood circulation, increase the amount of oxygen coming in through the lungs and lower stress. It can also elevate mood as happiness endorphins are released during exercise.
So get up and move. Take a walk outside, lift a few weights, or maybe try yoga. Exercise of any kind can increase your vitality, reduce pain, improves your sleep and helps relieve some of the tension associated with chronic stress.
Sleep It Off
A good night’s sleep will allow your body a deep and nourishing rest to heal itself; without good sleep, stress is exacerbated. To sleep well, avoid caffeine and other stimulants so that you can get an uninterrupted night’s sleep. Lastly, turn all technology off an hour before you turn off the lights. Use your relaxation skills to help you fall into a deeper sleep.
Try Incorporating CBD into Your Daily Routine
Your body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for managing balance (homeostasis) within the body and is responsible for repairing damaged cells. It affects and regulates bodily processes such as mood, immune response, metabolism, appetite and more.
This system has two critical components, the first are the endocannabinoid receptors which are found on the surface of cells located throughout the body. Think of these receptors as "locks". The second would be the endocannabinoids which interact with the receptors. Think of these as "keys".
Although our bodies produce our own endocannabinoids, it is often not functioning at optimum levels due to medications, poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise and environmental toxins. This is where plant-based cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) such as CBD oil, can play the role of enhancing and supporting optimal functionality of the endocannabinoid system.
Once CBD or other cannabinoids are ingested "the keys", the cannabinoid receptors "the locks" are activated. Research suggests that by supplementing the endocannabinoid system with non-psychoactive cannabinoids, it is possible to improve overall well-being.
With these easy, everyday keys under your belt, you are well equipped to combat stress. If you combine them all into your daily routine, you will undoubtedly see a reduction in your stress levels and an increase in your happiness levels. Be Good To Yourself!