For more than 5k years, CBD has been utilized as a wellness supplement, as it can be easily added to any Self-Care routine. Whether your preference is topical creams, edibles, or smokables, there are more ways than ever to use CBD!



What Exactly is a Wellness and Self-Care Routine? (We call these Rituals!)

It’s a daily ritual or schedule that incorporates all of your healthy habits. Practices such as your morning wake-up routine, meal plans, exercise routine, your personal self-care activities, and even how well you sleep. The perfect wellness routine is naturally healthy, nourishing, and supportive on tough days. The structure and organization should feel beneficial when things seem out of control.


What Parts of my Wellness and Self-Care Routine can CBD Help with?


Here are 4 areas of focus that would be easy to incorporate CBD into. Each area contributes to your overall sense of wellbeing and quality of life.



1. Physically

Physical Wellness includes many aspects. It can range from exercising to getting quality sleep or improving muscle recovery with a massage.

Yoga

A good yoga session should help us achieve deeper relaxation. Regular practice brings better focus and the ability to move into deeper poses with greater flexibility and fast recovery. When practicing yoga, the deep stretches that are utilized activates our {endocannabinoid system}, allowing for greater stimulation from CBD. A CBD supplement is a natural fit for flow, breathing-focused, or gentle yoga classes because it can enhance your experience while relieving the pain and inflammation usually associated with any exercise routine. And as an added bonus CBD creates longer-lasting effects from the naturally occurring “good feeling” neurotransmitter called Anandamide. It’s that really good high that’s “legal.”

Work Out

Whether you take it before or after your workout session, CBD promotes muscle recovery and reduces chronic pain. It’s not a stimulant, so it isn’t a performance-enhancing drug such as a steroid or even caffeine-charged drink. But, CBD has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation which leads to faster recovery from muscle damage or injuries. If your workout routine is at the end of the day, it’s best to take your CBD post-workout. Its calming and restorative effects are great for pre-bedtime and sleep routines.

Massage

Combining CBD oil with your massage can enhance your experience.


Getting a massage has its own benefits. However, combining CBD oil with your massage can enhance your experience and provide added rewards. The collective benefits of CBD and massage can reduce pain and inflammation while increasing overall health and wellbeing. Who isn’t looking for improved mental health, a calm mind, and reduced stress levels? A CBD massage is a holistic way to treat your tired body and your anxious mind.

Sleep

CBD is well known to have anti-anxiety, muscle relaxation, and anti-inflammatory results, which goes a long way in promoting a calming sensation. Research has noted that CBD is effective in reducing acute pain and stress, which can both interfere with restful sleep. The use of CBD has also been shown to maintain body functions such as mood, appetite, and regulating circadian rhythm.


2. Mental Health/Spiritual


Meditation

CBD and the practice of meditation are the perfect companions. The naturally occurring compound has been proven to lower stress levels, and increase awareness and focus, helping you stay in the moment. And just like it takes time for CBD to build up in your system to really be effective, meditation is a process that takes time and effort. If you’re new to meditation you should probably start with a guided meditation. There are some really great apps and videos out there.


Stress Management

CBD is a great holistic approach to reducing daily anxiety and stress. This 2015 study shows evidence that strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.


"Research has noted that CBD is effective in reducing acute pain and stress, which can both interfere with restful sleep."

3. Nutrition/Illness Prevention


Choosing foods that help fight infection and support a strong immune system.


If living during a global Pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that paying attention to our health is more important than ever. We have become more aware that what we put in and on our bodies can make a huge difference in how susceptible we are to bacteria, viruses, and simple infections. Not only does eating well help with stress management, but it also helps from the inside with reducing inflammation which seems to be the root of many of our illnesses.

Adding CBD into our foods is becoming a common practice with greater flexibility and ease of use. Start by choosing foods that help fight infection and support a strong immune system. Then, add the correct CBD oil to those foods.

Fruits and Veggies A great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants

  • improves digestion

  • lowers cholesterol

  • boosts immune system

  • fights inflammation

  • helps fight heart ailments/ cancers

  • strengthens bones

  • manage BP

  • improve metabolism and cognitive function

Herbs and Spices

  • Lower blood sugar and cholesterol

  • boosts immune system

  • improves brain function/ fights cognitive decline

  • improving heart health

  • aids in digestion

Healthy Fats (Monounsaturated fats, Omega-3/ Omega-6 fatty acids)

  • boost cognitive performance

  • improve cardiovascular health

  • strengthens bones

  • reduce inflammation

  • lower risk of heart disease and strokes

  • improve brain function

  • regulates metabolism

  • promote hair growth

Nuts and Seeds

  • source of protein

  • helps improve cardiovascular health


If you are not in the kitchen or a DIYer, just know that there are now hundreds of manufacturers out there that have CBD-infused products to offer. It’s as easy as googling your top-rated local supplier/store or finding a reputable online store and clicking the product that’s right for you.

4. Personal Spaces


Use your favorite scent or a purposeful fragrance to help you feel more relaxed.

Last year was an up-close and personal introduction to daily stress and anxiety for everyone. The New Normal of our present Global Pandemic lives makes having a home that is a safe haven more important than ever. However, it doesn’t take a lot of money or an interior design degree to create a space both physically and mentally appealing. A home that is a stress-free, relaxing retreat leaves you in a better mood, more energized, less anxious, and better able to meaningfully connect to the people you love the most. Besides the obvious tips of decluttering, adding calming colors, and making your bed, try adding CBD Aromatherapy.

Essential oils infused with CBD not only make your home smell wonderful but also helps you to feel more relaxed. You can use your favorite scent or a purposeful fragrance. For instance, to ease anxiety try Lavender, Frankincense, chamomile, or sandalwood.

Lavender is also great for helping you sleep. If you need more energy pull out the citrus and peppermints for a pleasant pick me up. Essential oils can be delivered by way of oils directly onto your skin, infused into the candles, diffusers, sprays, or incense.



Conclusion

Wellness and Self-Care Routine with CBD


Your Wellness Routine should be personalized and evolve as you do; to one that will benefit you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. A worthwhile routine simply requires a regular commitment from yourself. In the end, the result should be a happier, healthier you for incorporating CBD-infused products for self-care and stress relief.


This might seem like a lot of information, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Try adding these ideas one at a time to your current routine until you have each part of this diagram mastered. By creating a Wellness and Self-Care routine with CBD, you are taking steps to better care for your mind and body, which leaves you better equipped to live your best life!

What areas of your Wellness and Self-Care do you use CBD in? What areas would you like to use CBD in that you aren’t already trying?

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