Reduce Stress With CBD, Movement & Meditation

POSTED ON 2 BY KIM YATES

Life is stressful, but too much stress can make you sick. Tension and pressure can disrupt your body with increased anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and weight gain. With CBD, movement (aka light exercise) and meditation, you can reduce your stress. Take action and find balance and peace.

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Decreasing stress in your life is not a pop-a-pill or smoke-a-joint solution. Unfortunately. CBD cannot get rid of the sources of tension we all deal with raising kids, jobs, health problems, marriage difficulties, moving, and world economic issues. But CBD can balance your mind and body, so the stressors are easier to deal with while you do the work. William James, (1842-1910) the first psychology educator in the United States, an American philosopher, historian, and psychologist, put it simply, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” Sadly, he didn’t know about CBD. So, tag team his advice (change your perspective) with CBD and live a longer, happier life. 

How CBD Reduces Anxiety

CBD partners with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, which works with the Nervous system to transmit messages to all your body’s other functions. CBD, however, is not just a messaging service; it is like a “smart” device focused to promote balance or homeostasis. CBD not only transmits messages but also detects and fills in gaps where chemical functions may be lacking. For more information on the specifics, read, What is Endocannabinoid System?

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In the brain, CBD receptors (specifically CB1) have been discovered to assist in balancing blockages found in an inner part of your brain called the amygdala. 

These blockages increase anxiety. CBD promotes homeostasis or balance; thus, it sends out a message to either boost the hormone needed or fills in the gap. CBD has also been found boosting activity in the emotional processor part of the brain (the amygdala-hippocampal-cortico-striatal). For more information on CB1 in the brain, click here

CBD Can Increase Good Sleep

We all know not getting enough or good sleep is a killer. Poor sleep damages your body and increases your risk for heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, strokes, and diabetes. Poor sleep also makes you moody, which can increase relationship stress, it’s a sex drive killer, it impairs your memory, and makes you drowsy and less alert. The National Sleep Foundation reported (after two years of research) the following ages need: 

Age GroupAge RangeHours of Recommended Sleep
Older adults65+ years7 to 8 hours
Adults26 to 64 years7 to 9 hours.
Young adults18 to 25 years7 to 9 hours
Teenagers14 to 17 years8 to 10 hours
School Age Kids6 to 13 years9 to 11 hours
Preschool Kids,3 to 5 years10 to 13 hours
Toddlers1 to 2 years11 to 14 hours
Infants4 to 11 months12 to 15 hours
Newborns0 to 3 months14 to 17 hours
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Girl sleeping photo by Lux Graves via Unsplash

CBD promotes balance with the cortisol hormones known to cause insomnia and difficulty falling asleep. CBD studies of those with chronic pain, the patients reported better sleep, either from less pain or other circumstances, it’s not clear yet, but better sleep is better sleep. Also, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder patients in studies have reported a huge decrease in symptoms from 2–7 times per week to 0–1 times. For more information on scientific findings relating to complex sleep disorders, click here.

Tackle a Major Stressor, Weight Gain With CBD

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While CBD promotes weight loss by converting white fat cells into brown ones that are easily burned, there is no avoiding the work. To be healthy, you’ve got to get moving and pay your dues.

But don’t panic! CBD is proven to be an anti-inflammatory and reduces pain, so you will hurt less, so you can move more, and recover quicker. For specifics on scientific studies, click here.

Meditate & Find Clarity

Meditation, like CBD, is another health and wellness buzzword, but like CBD there’s an army of believers, practicing people, and tried and true evidence to support its benefits. Trying to find which technique works for you, can seem overwhelming. So, here are ten of the most common techniques. 

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  • Movement or Walking Meditations
  • Positivity or Mantra
  • Buddhist Meditations
  • Spiritual Meditations (specific to all types of religions)
  • Guided
  • Transcendental
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation

If you have trouble with meditation, don’t worry. It’s probably because meditation is the opposite of what you do throughout your day. It’s not easy to turn off your mind when life pushes so many things your way. But, this is precisely why it is helpful. If your mind’s continually racing through to-do lists and worries, your body can’t keep up with the chemicals needed to process all that. You’re going to run out of mental and physical steam. Sound familiar? If so, click here for step by step instructions from the specialists, or give these beginner methods a try:

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Beginner Meditations

  • Breathing
  • Focus
  • Walking
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Mantra
  • Mindfulness

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