As an adult living in today’s world, stress is just another part of life for some of us. Being somewhat stressed can be beneficial, keeping us motivated and focused on our work and passions if directed towards a goal we’d like to accomplish or a due date for work. When kept in check, stress can even keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from danger.
Overall, stress can be a wise teacher. If we listen to what our stress is telling us, it can guide us to do more, change our habits, or keep us away from something that is not serving our best interests or deepest desires. Stress is a nuanced and misunderstood response, rooted in our evolution as human beings.
Being stressed can also be an overwhelming experience, keeping us from accomplishing what we would like to. People who live with anxiety disorders, depression, or have other mental health concerns can especially be burdened by stress and may feel overwhelmed with the physical and mental manifestations of stress that they battle daily.
In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the US and throughout the world, stress has also increased as people adjust to a new kind of lifestyle. Figuring out how to home-school children for the first time or just dealing with the effects of social distancing and isolation can be overwhelming.
When we have very little control over a situation, stress can feel quite intimidating, especially now. For instance, depression symptoms reported during the pandemic have increased dramatically. According to the graph listed here, the prevalence of those reporting depression issues has doubled for those with moderate to severe symptoms.
With all of this in mind, this blog will be a quick overview of stress. It will cover the subjects of stress and the brain and some practices or holistic solutions to help relieve stress.
This blog will also go over recommendations for Hemp CBD Oil products that may help relieve your day-to-day stress. If you are looking to learn a little bit more about stress and how to manage it, you’ve come to the right place.
Stress and the Brain
Everyone gets stressed, but did you know the physiological stress response begins in the brain? We’ve all heard of the “Fight or Flight Response” or our brains responding to anything seen as a threat to our physical, mental, or emotional well-being. It begins with the Amygdala, which then sends a signal to the Hypothalamus.
According to this article by Harvard Health, the Hypothalamus acts kind of like a command center. Once the command center is informed of a potential danger to an individual, it communicates with the Autonomic nervous system, which regulates different automatic body processes or processes you don’t need to consider for them to continue.
These autonomic processes include things like breathing and circulation. The Autonomic nervous system has two parts: the Sympathetic nervous system and the Parasympathetic nervous system. The first to activate is the Sympathetic nervous system, which you can think of as first responders or “Fight or Flight” warriors.
If the Sympathetic nervous system is activated in this scenario, some rapid changes occur, including the release of hormones such as adrenaline. Other senses become more attuned to the environment, breathing changes occur, pupils become dilated, muscles can tremble, and other such bodily processes make a person prepared to run away from danger or face it head-on.
The Parasympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, kicks in when the danger is over or the stressor dissipates. It helps counteract the changes that the sympathetic nervous system activated. It can lower blood pressure and heart rate, inhibit muscular activity, and divert blood for bodily repair. The Parasympathetic nervous system generally helps bring our bodies back to normal after a stressful event occurs.
The Parasympathetic nervous system gets our body back to the basics, maintains digestion, and regulates arousal. If you’d like to learn more about how the Autonomic nervous system works, the Encyclopedia Britannica has a detailed breakdown.
Holistic Practices to Help Manage Stress
According to a study explained in this article, humans and chimpanzees evolved with a much more active “Fight or Flight” mechanism than other primates. This tendency may have evolved to keep us strong and alert for ongoing threats and conflicts with other species.
Luckily, modern humans now have access to information about practices that can help decrease stress and engage the Parasympathetic nervous system. Some of these practices include:
- Diaphragmatic Breathing
- Regular Exercise
- Healthy Diet
- A Regular Sleep Cycle
In particular, diaphragmatic breathing or deep breathing is cited by many sources as a simple way to decrease stress quickly and determine what your next steps may be. This study found that diaphragmatic breathing shows the potential to “improve cognitive performance and reduce negative subjective and physiological consequences of stress in healthy adults.”
Although further research is needed to determine why and how this works, it is a simple technique to try and combine with other health-related practices. If you are having difficulty with more than everyday stress and are feeling constantly overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, you should contact a doctor or mental health professional.
CBD and Stress
You may have heard that CBD can help with everyday stress, and a simple Google search will reveal much about conditions such as anxiety and PTSD. While the studies listed previously show that CBD and other phytocannabinoids may help with these conditions, the research in this area is just beginning.
CBD consumers have anecdotally reported that Hemp CBD Oil may help with a better overall sense of well-being and mood. People have also reported improvement in symptoms of everyday anxiety; others say it has helped them look at new sources of stress with greater equanimity.
Overall, CBD is best used in conjunction with your self-care routine, a healthy lifestyle, and communication with a healthcare professional. CBD is not intended to treat any diseases.
But what CBD products are best to help with daily stress? More information on our favorite Strength of Hope selections for this purpose below.
CBD Oil Tincture
Strength of Hope’s Hemp CBD Oil is a great option to have on hand to soothe the nerves. Each one-ounce bottle of CBD Oil comes blended with either 500 mg, 1000 mg, or 2500 mg CBD per bottle.
With a delicious stevia/vanilla flavoring, our CBD tincture is easily taken by mouth or mixed into beverages such as chamomile tea, healthy smoothies, or even matcha.
Try our CBD Oil Tincture to see how it works for you! Some users of CBD report enhanced relaxation, sleep, and relief of muscular discomfort. As always, all of our products are 100% THC-free.
Strength of Hope’s CBD Mints is one of the most delicious and convenient ways to dose CBD. Formulated with our premium CBD oil, each 28-mint tin comes with either 10 mg, 20 mg, or 40 mg CBD per mint. CBD Mints are a discreet way to dose on-the-go and are easily stashed in your glove compartment, purse, or pocket to have on hand when you need them.
Our CBD mints come in two flavors; peppermint and cinnamon. When taking CBD, some users report relief from day-to-day stress, better focus or energy, and better sleep and relaxation. Want to learn more about CBD mints before you try them yourself? Check out this handy blog. Our CBD Mints are 100% THC-free.
Strength of Hope’s CBD spray is a great way to embrace the day and is packed with aromatherapy ingredients to promote relaxation. Each one-ounce bottle of CBD Spray comes with 100 mg CBD as well as Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Arnica, and Vitamin E.
Consider using CBD spray for a relaxing massage experience to help melt away day-to-day stress. CBD spray may also help you relax into a better night's sleep by relaxing tense muscles even in hard to reach areas and is excellent for the skin. Want to learn more about our CBD spray? Check out our in-depth blog here.
Strength of Hope also offers a wide range of other topicals for different use cases. Our CBD Balm is our longest lasting topical, continuing to soothe muscle and joint discomfort for up to six hours. Our CBD Rub is blended with our premium CBD Oil and paired with menthol, delivering a relaxing hot and cold sensation.
We also offer a CBD Roll-On, which comes with two fantastic essential oil blends, as well as a CBD Cream. If you are curious to learn more about how CBD Cream and other topicals work, check out this blog. Our topicals are great for targeted relief and come in more traditional or hands-free iterations. In addition, every single one of our products is 100% THC Free.