Anxiety and depression are two of the most common illnesses in the world, if you find yourself suffering from these, stress or similar conditions, you aren't alone.
Lucky for us there are many natural ways you can ease your stress and make yourself better. Exercise, spending time in nature, yoga and CBD products all harness the power of nature to heal and balance our bodies. Each in their own unique way.
The power of nature and yoga
Recent studies have revealed yoga has the ability to significantly reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. This is why you will find this timeless practice used in everything from PTSD to eating disorders and substance abuse as well as many more.
The belief is that the stress relief comes from three main sources. Controlled breathing, the yogic poses and mindfulness (yoga is often accompanied by meditation which aims to keep us “in the moment”)
One of the most powerful ways we can reduce stress and stop it in its tracks is mindfulness. It allows us to escape the frequent ruminations about the past or worry about the future. Allowing us to keep our mind in the here and now. Only when we do that are we able to breathe better, focus more and create a mental state that is incompatible with anxiety and panic attacks.
Yoga and the outdoors
Especially when performed outdoors, yoga can bring about great, deep spirituality. Recent research proves that those who are more spiritual are generally happier. Yoga helps us to tap into our inner need for spirituality, while nature is the force of life that runs through all of us.
CBD and Yoga for stress
More and more, CBD is being used to battle stress, owing to its ability to react directly with cell receptors, including serotonin and dopamine receptors. It is important not to confuse CBD with THC (the cannabinoid compound that is responsible for the “high” effect of cannabis) While THC alone can have many benefits, CBD offers numerous positive effects for its users while leaving their mental state free and clear, having no psycho-active properties to speak of.
CBD, often taken as an oil can be used topically to treat skin conditions and inflammation or it can be ingested in food and beverages. CBD is one of the many naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. Because of how CBD interacts with serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain and nervous system, more of these neurotransmitters can flow through the body, resulting in a greater sense of calm and well being.
CBD mimics the human body's natural “cannabinoids”
Researchers discovered the endocannabinoid system in the early 1990s. A part of the nervous system which is responsible for important functions including mood, memory, pain tolerance, appetite and sleep.
It also goes a long way to helping maintain our homeostasis. The self-regulating body process through which the body attempts to maintain stability while adjusting to changing conditions around us in order to promote its own survival. This stability is usually referred to as the 'dynamic equilibrium' and helps maintain moisture, blood oxygen levels and temperature as well as other vital statistics.
Endocannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body and are activated by endocannabinoids, serving as neurotransmitters. CBD mimics these endocannabinoids and can help the body maintain many vital functions. Thus the benefits of CBD are greater than simply anxiety and stress reduction. It also promotes healthy skin and hair, helps fight inflammation and promotes heart health.
Battling Stress from multiple angles
If you find yourself suffering from stress or anxiety, it is important to take it seriously and take actions to eliminate unnecessary stressors in your life. Holistic activities such as yoga, meditation and hiking in nature have proven to be a useful tool to combat anxiety and other stress related disorders.
CBD is a veritable wonder drug, derived from the mighty natural hemp plant and can be a very important tool in your tool-belt to battle stress, anxiety and depression.
However you decide to go about handling these issues, make sure you set aside the time to do so properly. Self care is incredibly important and impacts every other part of our lives. The proper plan of action can have a tremendous impact on one's life.