Life has been very stressful lately. In the USA in particular, with the highest number of cases and deaths from COVID 19 – giving rise to worries about sheltering-in-place – nervousness around when things will open up again and ongoing fears that loved ones will catch the virus, day-to-day living has become very tense. If you haven’t already established a stress-relief routine, consider bringing it into your self-care routine.
How to know if your stressed or anxious:
In the initial weeks that the virus hit, I walked around my house with a strange sensation in my chest. It was tight when I inhaled—as if I couldn’t breathe in enough air—and I had other strange physiological symptoms. I was unable to yawn properly and I was finding it hard to focus on one task at a time. Other than that, I felt totally fine—I wasn’t struggling to fall asleep, I wasn’t feeling depressed, I wasn’t obsessing about the virus. Instead, I was working fine, creating fine—the only thing I was not doing was breathing fine.
Naturally, the first thing I thought was that I had minor symptoms of coronavirus, but then I remembered a time in my life I’d felt this before. I was 21 and in a stressful job. I’d been to see a doctor with the same symptoms. She took a series of tests with negative results and eventually diagnosed a case of anxiety. This seemed bizarre to me because although my job was stressful – it didn’t seem that stressful. It was as if my mind needed to catch up to the fact that I was actually feeling anxious.
The moral of the story is that sometimes, stress and anxiety bypass our conscious mind and we don’t know we have them until they show up in the body. According to WebMD, some of the symptoms you may experience are:
- Pain or tension in your head, chest, stomach, or muscles.
- Digestive problems like diarrhea and constipation, or nausea and vomiting.
- Reproductive issues like changes to sex drive, irregular or painful periods in women, or impotence and problems with sperm production in men.
- Anger, irritability, or restlessness
- Feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or unfocused
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Problems with your memory or concentration
Whether or not you feel any of these symptoms, it’s clear that we are living in more stressful times. Having a stress-relief routine is now more important than ever. Here’s a couple of suggestions for where to get started:
Relieving Stress and Anxiety With Meditation
One of the greatest natural aides to stress and anxiety is meditation. It generates a sense of calm and emotional well-being, not just during the time you are meditating, but often lasting days and even weeks longer if your practice is consistent. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the emotional benefits of meditation include:
- New perspectives on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance
It’s an important practice for these times, but a lot of people find it very difficult. Here’s how CBD can help.
Elevating Your Meditation with CBD
Meditation can be confronting if you’re just beginning. Sitting still and reducing your thoughts for any extended period of time can be a lot harder than it seems, not to mention doing it in the time of coronavirus.
If you’re a person who has tried multiple times to get in the habit of a meditation practice, but you just can’t seem to make it stick, or if you sit down and struggle to really let go of your thoughts, then CBD might help.
Having a meditation practice can be one of the most calming things for your body and mind, not to mention all the other rewarding things that come with it, and using CBD to help you settle in, might be just the thing you need to get in the groove.
When to take CBD for Meditation
If you’re considering taking CBD to help your meditation, it’s important to understand that each delivery system takes different times to work. The fastest delivery system is our CBD vape, which is a great choice for meditation because it works within 10 minutes. Alternatively you can take our Total Body Care Capsules 1-2 hours before you plan to meditate. Either of the two methods will help to induce a sense of calm and wellbeing, elevating your meditation to a whole new level.
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