‘Tis the season to think of others, but don’t forget about yourself!
As we forge headfirst into the holiday season, we are faced with gift giving, hosting, traveling, decorating, some of us are even trying our best to keep trees alive in our homes! This is also the time of year when many of us increase charity work, donations, and generally try to stop and think about being kinder to the people around us. So with all these stresses combined with stopping to ensure you’re thinking of others, High Peaks is here to remind you to take care of you too.
Why You Need to Slow Down
The holidays are a joyous time of celebration and coming together, but they can also cause a large amount of stress in many people. It’s important to slow down and take time for yourself in order to avoid any harmful effects of stress.
Some of the Harmful Effects of Stress:
- Anxiety – It’s no surprise that stress leads to anxiety, which leads to plenty of more harmful health impacts including shaking, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, increased drinking to cope, and more.
- Fatigue – Being overly stressed often means sleepless nights or having difficulty falling asleep because you are busy planning the day or days ahead. It can keep you up and make your sleep less fruitful, and no one wants that!
- Decreased Libido – According to multiple studies, increased stress leads to decreased libido. And according to multiple other studies, an active sex life is an integral part of a healthy, long life.
- Muscle Tension – Being stressed makes our bodies tense quite literally. We tend to take shallower breaths, putting more pressure on muscles in our neck and backs to do the work of our diaphragms. This creates neck and back pain, and general muscle aches all over the body due to the constant tension. Just thinking about it gives me a headache!
- Brain Fog – Stress can lead to lack of focus. We all cope with balancing tasks differently. Some of us make lists, some of us set reminders on our phones. Whatever we do, the holiday season can toss a wrench into our organization with lots of tiny fires (hopefully all metaphorical) to put out on the fly. This added stress can lead to lack of focus and difficulty to think clearly, but the lack of sleep tied to stress is also a huge cause of brain fog.
How to Counteract the Stress of the Holiday Season
- Make time for yourself every day. You heard me! Every day! This could be a long shower, a bubble-bath, it could be a long walk or sitting down to watch a thirty-minute show with a cup of hot chocolate. Whatever helps you turn your brain off and just chill: do it. And do it every day!
- Try CBD or cannabidiol supplements like tinctures, gummies, or seltzers, to potentially help ease anxiety before it starts. CBD has been linked to reducing anxiety so introducing CBD to your daily routine may help stop the anxiety before it even starts.
- Stay active! Are you a Yogi? Do you run every day, or do you just love to take your dog for a long walk? Whatever your activity is, keep it up! Staying active helps us deal with stress physically and mentally. And if you have a dog that enjoys lots of exercise, they’ll be thanking you too!
- CBD has also been linked to decreased muscle inflammation, so if you’re feeling the tension of the holidays in your muscles, CBD might just be the right move for you.
- Take a deep breath and remember to enjoy yourself. Easier said than done, I know, but this is so important! Nothing has to be perfect for you to have the perfect holiday. Remember that no matter what, the important part of the holiday is the people you share it with.
- Get rest! CBD, CBG or cannabigerol, and CBN or cannabinol have all been linked helping humans fall asleep and sleep sounder.
- Take care of your brain with CBD too! Studies in CBD have shown positive results that the compound may help with brain fog.
Stay Sane, Stay Healthy
In the end, we all need to take deep breaths and focus on what’s most important this holiday season: the people we get to spend the days with.
Introducing CBD, CBG, and/or CBN to your routine this holiday season just may be the ticket to better rest, decreased anxiety, and mental clarity. But whatever your routine is for unwinding and just taking care of you – we insist you do this for yourself, you deserve it!