Stress is simply a fact of nature in which internal or external sources effect our physical or emotional wellbeing. Stress is completely normal. Most of us are confronted with external factors including our jobs, relationships, finances, social media, and unexpected conflict or situations.
Believe me, we deal with these things too.
It’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to handle stress. While handling stress can be hard and scary with many unknowns, our goal at CBD American Shaman of Coppell is to try and equip you with ideas and tools to assist you in your daily life. There are internal factors that can determine your body’s ability to respond and deal with stress.
Hallelujah! Yes friend, there is hope.
We will be diving into five tips that you can start to implement modifications in your life to be better equipped to handle outside stress factors. Our hope for you is that you take this time to take a look at your health and wellbeing to improve the areas that perhaps you have not focused on before.
TIP ONE: Exercise (even if only for a minute)
Exercise doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. We’re not recommending you dive into marathon running or power lifting at the gym. In fact, a short walk around the office or simply standing up and stretching during a break from work can offer immediate relief in a stressful situation.
Exercise assists in three primary ways. First it pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps boost the production of your brain’s endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a game of tennis or a hike in nature may also contribute to the same feeling.
Secondly, exercise creates mediation in motion. After a game of volleyball or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s frustrations and concentrated on the task at hand.
Lastly, it may improve your mood. Regularly exercising can increase self-confidence and relax you. Exercise is also attributed to improved sleep, which is often disrupted by stress.
TIP TWO: Sleep Better
Speaking of sleep, sleep and stress release go hand in hand. Research shows that sleep deprivation impairs the functioning of human cognitive abilities and has a powerful influence on our mood. Insomnia may mean increased emotional distress, daytime fatigue, and lack of productivity. Studies also suggest a sleep deficit may put the body into a state of high alert, increasing the production of stress hormones and driving up blood pressure. CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
So how do you sleep better? Here are some suggestions below.
- Go to bed at the same time every night to get your body in a routine.
- Try to avoid the computer or your phone past 8PM. The bright lights from screens send messages to your body’s time clock which can encourage your body to “stay awake”.
- Keep your bedroom dark at night. This may mean getting blackout curtains or decluttering your space for those extra lights on equipment.
- Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon or evening.
- Exercise can improve your body’s ability to reset and prepare for rest in the evening.
- Writing or reading before bed can distract the mind from the days activities as you focus on the task at hand.
- Try an all-natural CBD product, CBD is known to help calm your body which will help you get to sleep.
TIP THREE: Mindful Breathing
While we can’t eliminate all stress from our lives, we can control how we respond to it. Stressful experiences often trigger fear. As a result, we can get carried away by our thought processes and suddenly we are unable to cope with the reality of the moment.
Enter mindful breathing. Yes, it is exactly as it sounds. Focusing your attention on your breath.
If you are just now dipping your toes into mindful breaking, you can keep it as simple as possible. The most basic way is to focus on your breath, both the inhale and the exhale. Take exaggerated breaths, deeply in 5 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, and back out for 5 seconds. If you find that your mind wanders, bring your attention back to your breath. Repeat a few times. Try it, you might just be surprised how quickly the calmness runs through your body. A great way to practice your breathing is in a Sensory Deprivation Environment like our Sensory Deprivation Float Tank, our float tank takes mindful breathing to a whole new level.
TIP FOUR: Talk to Someone
Were going to keep this one short and sweet, because it really is that simple of a technique. Just talk to someone. Research shows that talking to someone about how you feel can be helpful. Talking can work as a distraction from the stressful thought or release some of the pent-up tension by discussing it.
Stress tends to cloud your judgement and prevent you from seeing things clearly. Chatting things through with a friend, work college, or even a trained professional, can help you find solutions to your stress and put your problems back into perspective.
TIP FIVE: Self Care
Self-care may not only help us release stress but can also promote greater happiness by giving your body time to re-energize, refresh and recover. This will enable you to perform at your optimum each day.
Given our busy lives, it can sometime be more convenient to put off the things we enjoy and power through with a “superhuman” mentality. Yet, it’s during these times that we often need self-care the most. Many people look at the act of self-care as being “selfish” or neglecting others, but the truth is if we don’t take care of ourselves then we can’t take care of others to our fullest ability. Don’t feel guilty about taking some time to spoil yourself. Schedule that massage, light a candle and indulge in a bath, spend 60 minutes in a float tank, attend that concert with your best friend, or even just carve out 15 minutes of “me time” each day.
Self-care is about looking after yourself and your well-being in the right way so that you can perform at your best in all areas of your life.