The 4-1-1 On Anxiety
When anxiety sets in, it can feel like the world is collapsing down around you. Whether you live with chronic anxiety or you’re just experiencing a bout of stress at work, anxiety can make even the simplest tasks feel impossible. One piece of good news? You are not alone! Anxiety-related disorders affect 40 million adults (18% of the population) in just the US alone. As unpleasant as the feeling is, anxiety is a natural critical adaptive response that helps us recognize and cope with threats to our safety. The problem comes when we can’t manage these natural responses effectively, or when these responses flood in and become overwhelming. Luckily, there are many ways to soothe stress and calm anxiety.
CBD for Anxiety
Pharmaceuticals can be a lifesaver for those living with anxiety. However, many folks looking to relieve anxiety without prescription medications are taking a new look at cannabidiol. CBD is a compound naturally found in the cannabis plant. The non-psychoactive cousin to THC, CBD can’t get you high. Instead, when ingested, CBD gets to work on your body’s endocannabinoid system. Our body’s endocannabinoid system is in charge of regulating sleep patterns, appetite and general mood. Our bodies already produce cannabinoids in its regulation of emotion and sleep – ingesting CBD can trigger the release of more. In addition to triggering the release of cannabinoids, CBD works with the nervous system to intercept the transmission of pain signals in the body. It also influences the release of specific hormones and enzymes that can aid in digestive health and cognitive function. So what does this have to do with anxiety? CBD has been used for centuries to help relieve anxiety, soothe stress and promote rest and relaxation!
1. Take Time For Self Care
Self care isn’t selfish. It’s necessary. The next time you’re feeling your anxiety mounting, take a break and take a little time for yourself. Brew yourself a mug of your favorite tea, draw a hot bath, or take a long walk. Turn off your phone for fifteen minutes and unplug. Don’t apologize for taking yourself off the grid for an evening or a weekend – however long you need.
2. Check In With Your Basic Needs
The next time anxiety strikes, check in with yourself. Ask yourself, when is the last time you ate something? Or drank water? Or slept a full 8 hours? If the answer to any of the above is “I don’t know,” make that your first order of business. When our basic needs aren’t met, it’s much harder to feel balanced, alert and present emotionally. Make yourself a nutritious meal, drink a big ol’ glass of water and hit the hay early.
3. Drink Less Caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant, which is why it puts that pep in your step and helps you get up and ready for your day. That also means that a big dose of caffeine can lead to a big bout of anxiety. To avoid that anxious, jittery feeling, try swapping out your usual cup of Joe for a mug of caffeine-free CBD tea. If you just can’t say goodbye to your afternoon latte, try a lower-caffeine Bulletproof Chai CBD Tea Latte. You might surprise yourself!
4. Let It Happen
If you start to get that familiar anxious feeling – racing heartbeat, short shallow breaths, sweating palms – don’t try to talk yourself down. Instead, let the panic happen. Allow yourself to feel it, and acknowledge the feeling. Be present, and take note of how your body responds to the stress. Once you acknowledge the anxiety, you can move on to dismissing it. The goal here is to help your mind get used to coping with panic attacks. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you take away some of the fear of those attacks away. (As with anything, practice makes perfect, so don’t feel like you have to master this technique right away).
5. Just Breathe
This might sound like easy advice, but it works. Once you’ve acknowledged your anxiety, you can begin to let it go. Place the palm of your hand on your stomach and take deep breaths. Focus on filling your lungs from the bottom of your diaphragm. When you exhale, visualize yourself exhaling out your stress. Try a bit of aromatherapy to help calm your mind. We recommend dabbing a bit of Unwind CBD Essential Oil Roller on your temples, wrists and the back of your neck and breathing in the calming scent of lavender, ylang-ylang, patchouli, frankincense and cedar wood.
6. Talk It Out
Another part of acknowledging fears and anxieties is speaking about them out in the open. Talking out our fears, stresses and anxieties is a great way to process them, and to take away some of their power. Reach out to a partner, friend or family member, or consider using a helpline or online therapy resource! It’s confidential and totally worth it.
7. Treat Yo Self
Anxiety can make it hard to get even the simplest tasks – calling the bank, checking the mail, grocery shopping, etc. – done. Once you’ve accomplished a task that you’ve been dreading, treat yourself! Make your favorite dessert, or allow yourself an hour to binge that new HBO series. Positive reinforcement (aka, rewards) over time will make it easier to face those challenges and take some of the anxiety out of unpleasant tasks.
Article Written By: The Brothers; thebrothersapothecary.com