It’s been a stressful year for the entire planet, thanks primarily to COVID. The disruptions to work, routines, and everyday life can wreak havoc on mental and emotional wellness. And what many thought would be a relatively short-term disruption has dragged out for a year now.
It’s times like these that we have or will probably try coping mechanisms to maintain mental and physical wellbeing. We recommend positive coping methods like exercising, problem-solving, time-management, proper sleep, seeking support, and – our favorite – relaxing.
The Many Benefits of Relaxation
One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to cope with life’s ups and downs is relaxing. Incorporating relaxation into your daily routine is an excellent stress-inhibitor and has so many physical and mental benefits:
- Slowing heart rate
- Slowing heart rate
- Lowering blood pressure
- Slowing your breathing rate
- Improving digestion
- Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
- Reducing activity of stress hormones
- Increasing blood flow to major muscles
- Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
- Improving concentration and mood
- Improving sleep quality
- Lowering fatigue
- Reducing anger and frustration
- Boosting confidence to handle problems
So how does relaxation look for you? Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be meditation, which is pretty challenging to master.
Achieving a relaxed state will be different for everyone, and you may have to try more than one technique to find what works for your mind and body. Whatever you choose, your relaxation techniques should slow your mind and body and reduce tension and anxiety overall. Your thoughts should be positive and your actions deliberate. Give all of your focus to whatever technique you employ and tune out the world.
Here are some popular relaxation techniques:
Long inhales and exhales will force your body to slow down and focus on the task at hand – breathing. TO be effective, make your inhalations and exhalations of equal length in time and try to clear your mind of any other thoughts other than your slow, deliberate breathing.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
This technique involves slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group. You can start at the toes and move up or vice versa. Either way, tense or tighten each muscle group for a few seconds, then slowly relax it for about 30 seconds.
Take a journey in your mind to a peaceful, calming place or situation. It’s essential to incorporate as many senses in your imagined journey, such as sight, smell, touch, and sound, to achieve the most immersive visualization.
For any of these techniques, focus on yourself – your body and mind. Be sure and choose a quiet and comfortable place so that you can concentrate on the task at hand.
Can CBD Help Relaxation?
Studies have found that CBD can help relieve the symptoms of many common ailments, including stress and anxiety. It all has to do with one of the most important tools your body uses to achieve internal balance: the Endocannabinoid System (commonly called ECS). The ECS is still heavily studied, and experts describe it as a “complex interplay of neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids (eCB) and their receptors throughout the body.” Right.
It sounds complicated, but the gist is that: experts believe ingesting CBD can prevent endocannabinoids from being broken down, which allows them to affect your body more. So, yes, CBD can be used in conjunction with any other relaxation techniques we suggested to help reduce stress symptoms. And there are many methods for ingesting CBD, including smoking it.
CBD comes in many forms, from oils to hemp cigarettes. In fact, smoking CBD has quickly become one of the more popular CBD consumption methods because the beneficial cannabinoids are absorbed into the bloodstream almost immediately – and faster absorption means faster results!
Our smokeable craft CBD products are intended to promote calm and relaxation, which can address your stress naturally. Let the power of the flower help you find your chill. Grown with just sun, water, and the Willamette Valley’s rich soil, Redwood Reserves offers seed-to-smoke products rooted in our family’s belief that nature knows best.