It's been a long month, ok many months. Of course the burden of Covid is still shadowing most aspects of our life, complicating holiday plans, and dominating the news. The election was stressful no matter where your alliances lie. November just seems to have this "descending into darkness" vibe. As the days get shorter, the hours of sunlight feel so precious, but I often find myself needing to be at my computer, instead of frolicking in the dried leaves. With kids at home, I'm mostly teaching, making snacks and managing zoom schedules, while simultaneously trying to get my own work done. As a small business owner, November is crunch time and I'm scrambling like a squirrel trying to get ready for the holiday sales. Frankly its all got my head spinning, my shoulders aching and my mood funky.
Personally, I'm not great at keeping a routine... Self care isn't difficult but it can be hard to prioritize and stay consistent. Lately I feel like Alice in Wonderland..." I give myself very good advice, but I seldom follow it". It's easy to neglect that little voice that tells you what you should do. But there is one bit of advice that I find easy to follow and it definitely helps. When I'm feeling stressed out and bent out of shape I reach for CBD.
CBD is really great at relieving stress and inflammation and calming our nervous system. It acts on our endocannabinoid system which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. If you're feeling out of sorts, it gets you back on track. There has been some recent research which links CBD to mood health, research suggests the cannabinoids from CBD can stop the breakdown of anandamide aka the bliss molecule, an endogenous cannabinoid our body produces, When we retain more anandamide in our body, there’s more joy. In addition, CBD also has neuro-protective properties, so it can help you keep your memory sharp.
Personally, I have noticed that it helps with monthly mood swings and I often reach for it when I'm feeling upset or frustrated, to help calm down and clear my mind. While I'm not sure I actually have SAD (seasonal affective disorder), like many people I feel a little down this time of year, like I want to hibernate and never take off our sweatpants.
tips to incorporate CBD into your daily self-care routine: A survival kit for thriving in this often gloomy time of year.
My go to when I'm feeling down or stressed is to take some full spectrum CBD extract, it's so easy to dose and I just leave a bottle on my desk or on my bedside table. If you feel like you've got a case of the "Mondays" everyday, feelings of anxiety or chronic pain try taking a 30-40 mg dose in the morning. Then take smaller doses of 10-15mg every 3-4 hours. Taking CBD in the morning can help relieve stiffness and help you get moving. If you really want to improve your mood nothing works better than exercise! so plan to do some yoga or take a walk.
Cold dreary day, why not make some CBD tea. It always makes me feel better when I have something hot to sip on. If your feeling low energy, try a Matcha-Hemp Latte using our Lift Me Up tea, its perfect for getting focused and in the groove. If you need to wind down, try Golden Milk Tea with Turmeric and Hemp, this is also great if you get cold hands and feet this time of year. The warming spices, like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cayenne increase blood circulation.
It's important to stay hydrated in the winter. Even though we might not be sweating as much, there is less humidity inside and outside, drying us out. Here's a easy recipe to jazz up water and help you stay hydrated Squeeze in some lemon, a pinch of salt and a couple drops of maple syrup or stevia, if your feeling extra crazy, add a few drops of Orange flavored CBD extract too.
Feel like hibernating? Go ahead and get to sleep early. Sleep is one of the most important ways to combat the effects of stress on our bodies, but stress can lead to bad sleep so its a vicious cycle. If you have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep, CBD Hemp Extract can help to settle your mind and body.
When I'm feeling really worked up, I like to step outside for a few puffs on a hemp pre-roll. I hate to tell anyone to smoke, but hemp is non addictive and non psychoactive, so I don't feel too bad. Vaporizing or smoking CBD hemp flower allows for fast and high uptake of CBD and other cannabinoids, because our lungs are so connected to our circulatory system. I don't recommend smoking all the time, but occasionally it's a nice way to edge off.
Nothing is more relaxing than a hot bath! If you really need some self-care try adding CBD Body or massage oil to you next bath along with a generous handful of epsom salts. Its a lovely way to relieve sore muscles and unwind after a long day.
Hope this little guide helps you feel motivated to take care of yourself this winter! After all when we feel good, we are able to give ourselves more generously. So remember to take time for you!