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5 simple ways to lower stress and reduce anxiety

CBD for stress and anxiety

Find out how to manage stress levels and reduce anxiety. From the benefits of eating figs to ticking boxes, below are 5 easy things to incorporate into your daily life to help lower your stress and anxiety levels.

 

1. Meditation + mindfulness

 

Meditation is known to help clear your busy mind of excessive thoughts which can contribute to stress. For example, the benefits of meditation include increasing self-awareness, lowering your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, improving sleep quality and finding the mental space to re-examine stressful situations.

Try mindful meditation for anxiety

 

And there are some great apps that show you how to meditate, like Calm, Headspace and Buddhify. The latter even gives you handy guided meditations to practise on the go.

 

2. Eat healthily

 

Healthy eating to reduce stress and anxiety

 

You might think that eating your favourite sweet treats is the best way to put self-love into practice, but it could be to your detriment. That’s because processed sugar, consumed in large quantities, can increase irritability, sadness and anxiety – all of which can lead to stress. So, if you’re craving something sweet, figs and dates are a great substitute for processed sugars – and they contain calcium and iron, too. 

 

Meanwhile, not having enough variation in your diet can increase your risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including in magnesium and B vitamins, which are vital for regulating stress levels. 

 

3. Try CBD oil or tablets and functional mushrooms. Together.

M2CBD formula of CBD isolate and functional mushrooms

CBD

Research strongly indicates that CBD – including CBD oil, as in our drops and CBD tablets, like our food supplements – is beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety. This is because CBD interacts with the cannabinoid type 1 receptor and other receptors in the brain that regulate fear and anxiety. 

 

Perhaps this is why so many people use Cannabidiol in all its forms. Across the pond in the USA, a Forbes Health study of 2,000 adults showed that, of those who use CBD, 51% do so to alleviate anxiety. 

 

Functional mushrooms (aka medicinal mushrooms)

There are several bioactive compounds found in medicinal mushrooms which are thought to:

  • Aid the nervous system
  • Have mild sedating effects, promoting relaxation
  • Reduce depressive moods
  • Help with sleep disorders associated with stress and restlessness

 

This is exactly why we blend both CBD and functional mushrooms into all Cannabotech products. This includes the Relax Drops, which we formulated specifically to target stress. 

 

Intrigued? Buy the Relax Drops and try CBD for relaxation:

Relax Drops – CBD oil for relaxation

Shop the Relax Drops here

 

4. Tick stuff off

Putting off tasks until a later time can cause unnecessary stress. They say that procrastination is the thief of time, but it’s also the enemy of mental wellbeing. 

 

To-do lists to decrease anxiety

 

Unfortunately, though, poor mental health can make even the simplest of daily tasks seem like an insurmountable challenge. If you’re feeling unable to tackle big projects or chores, make a list. Write down every tiny task you need to do. Bring the smaller ones to the top of the list – like placing an online supermarket order. Getting small tasks done and ticked off will feel satisfying, make day-to-day life more manageable and help reduce your stress levels.

 

5. Watch your caffeine intake

 

Caffeine can worsen anxiety and stress levels

 

Caffeine! We all know that it’s one of the worst things for a restful night’s sleep – but the same goes for your stress levels. Caffeine can raise cortisol levels, giving you that “fight or flight” mechanism, even if you’re chilling at home and in no danger whatsoever.

Good quality sleep is critical for managing stress levels and lowering feelings of anxiety – which is why caffeine is an enemy of the stressed. Because, even many hours after we drink caffeine, we’re still feeling the effects. That’s because caffeine has a half-life of about 6 hours, i.e. it takes our bodies about 6 hours to metabolise the caffeine in our systems. And so, it has a quarter-life of 12 – so drinking coffee at midday means a quarter of the caffeine in that coffee will still be with us at midnight. Sleep? Don’t count on it.

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Want to see how CBD can help reduce your stress and anxiety levels? Shop the Relax Drops to improve your mental wellbeing.

Any questions about our wellbeing products, or the potential benefits of CBD on your mental health? Email us at support@cannabotech.com.

 

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