You don't have to look too far to find stressful events in today's modern life. Jobs and economic stress, family demands, or simply dealing with unexpected events of daily life can sometimes make us feel stressed or overwhelmed. Stress can affect our body, thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
What's the big deal about too much stress?
The interesting thing about stress is it doesn't necessarily matter whether it stems from big life events or minor problems like traffic. Studies show, whatever the source, the most stressed-out people have the highest risk of health problems because our bodies release more of the stress hormone cortisol. Continuous periods of elevated cortisol levels can then interfere with our nervous system and brain function. Long-term high-stress levels can also lower our immune function, increase blood pressure and cholesterol, and contribute to heart disease.
Relieving the pressure
So, if you’re thinking - ‘oh great, I’m more stressed than ever!’ Don’t worry. There are several natural ways to relieve stress - let's take a look at some of the most effective remedies.
- Start or continue exercising - Exercise is one of the most important things people can do to deal with stress in healthy ways. Most doctors agree the benefits of exercise are most potent when individuals have a consistent routine. Researchers tell us that when we exercise, we lower stress hormones and release endorphins, which are must-have mood-boosting chemicals.
- Surround yourself with calming scents - For thousands of years, people have used aromatic oils, candles, and essential oils - often called aromatherapy - to reduce stress and promote relaxation. What produces these superpower scents? Terpenes! Terpenes are found in all plants, and each has a unique set of compounds emitted that produce those scents. Many fragrances are known to be particularly calming, such as lavender. Other 'peppery' or 'woodsy' smelling terpenes found in clove oil, basil, hops, cinnamon, and oregano, and rosemary, are shown to increase feelings of contentment and improvement in mood. Many people introduce terpenes and essential oils into their environment using an essential oil diffuser. Many individuals have experienced lower levels of stress by combining calming terpenes and essential oils. By being mindful and surrounding yourself with natural, calming scents, many people benefit from can promote relaxation and other health benefits.
- Consider CBD - Many individuals have also found relief using cannabidiol or CBD to lower their anxiety levels and improve their mood. Primarily derived from the hemp plant, CBD is a natural compound that works by interacting with one of the body's most critical regulatory systems - the ECS or Endocannabinoid System. While research continues, many scientists believe CBD affects certain areas of the brain and binds to specific receptors within the ECS, signaling the nervous system's actions to create stability or homeostasis within the body. Mainly, with optimal levels of cannabinoids, our body's regulatory systems can perform better, keeping our systems in natural harmony. Many people like CBD oil because it is a natural way to promote well-being and reduce the daily stress that often keeps us from living our best life.
- Spend time with your friends and family (including your fur family!) - If you're feeling stressed or anxious, your tendency may be to withdraw from your social circle. However, experts tell us that's the worst thing to do. Interacting with friends and family can help you get through stressful times. And, by regularly spending time with our pets, other family members, and friends, stressful times won't seem so stressful. Research also shows that social connections and companionship can trigger the release of our bodies' natural stress reliever and positive- mood-booster oxytocin. Similarly, connecting with pets gives us a sense of belonging and self-worth. Studies suggest that playing with a dog or cat can elevate our serotonin and dopamine levels, promoting calm and relaxation. Hugging or petting our fur babies can also soothe us when we're stressed or anxious.
Living with less stress is possible!
Although big and small stressors are a part of modern life, following these simple and natural remedies can help reduce the adverse effects of anxiety. At CBD Health Collection, we offer a variety of premium hemp-derived CBD products that can help individuals feel more relaxed and manage stress better. Visit our online store to find the tinctures, salves, and patches that can help you live happier. If you've tried some of these remedies or want to learn more about how CBD can help promote wellness, tell us about it or get in touch!