Each January we find ourselves setting up New Year's Resolutions. Having a goal helps to focus the mind, organise your time and gives you a long term vision as well as short term motivation.
A new year gives you a clean slate. A fresh chapter of a 365-page book, for you to fill as best you can. Chances are, you have some habits that you want to break this year and some things you want to achieve. That might be something like getting a new job, losing weight, looking after your mental wellbeing and everything in between.
You might not have considered how CBD can help to turbocharge your New Year resolutions and habits. In this blog, we will share some ways in which CBD can boost your chances at nailing your yearly goals and habits.
Move more and eat less is probably up there with the most popular New Year resolutions. After a season of indulgence, we’re all feeling a little soft around the edges. In January, gyms see more sign-ups than any other time in the year to take advantage of new year new me goals.
CBD may well help with this. If you have been to the gym before, taken a class or gone for a run, you might notice you feel sore up to 72 hours later. This is due to micro-tears in your muscles, which is the process of how your body gets stronger. However, training when you can hardly get up and down from a chair isn’t always ideal.
CBD can help to reduce pain and inflammation, which is essentially what these tiny muscle tears are. This will mean that you can train sooner, reaching your goals faster, with less time between sessions.
Alongside reducing pain and inflammation, CBD may also help to reduce your appetite. Unlike its cousin THC, CBD doesn’t give you the “munchies”. In a study involving rats, it was found that those given a dose of CBD their appetite was reduced. It is considered that CB1 receptors may influence other molecules to block them off, which can help prevent overeating.
If you have been unhappy in your job, or if you are ready for a promotion and a pay rise, then a new job in a new year would be a dream.
If you are someone who suffers from anxiety during interview situations, then you might find a dose of CBD beneficial. CBD has been known to reduce social anxiety in humans.
In one blind study, a group of people were split into two. Group one was given a placebo, group two, CBD. They were then tasked with a public speaking task. Those who took the CBD said they felt much less anxious than those who took the placebo.
If you know your weakness in job interviews or presentations are anxiety and nerves, then CBD may well help you to get the job and the pay rise!
We live in a world with more stress than ever. Emails are accessible 24 hours a day, so gone is the 9-5 workday. If you are stressed then it will have an impact on your work life, home life and health. In fact, an estimated 75 per cent to 90 per cent of all doctor visits are for stress-related issues.
Oxidative stress increases when we are physically or emotionally stressed. If you are eating healthy and exercising, then hopefully you won’t suffer from this. However, if you have a super stressful job that doesn’t allow time for good meals and time to exercise then you might notice oxidative stress. Over time, this stress can lead to fibromyalgia, insomnia, anxiety, chronic fatigue and more. CBD may be able to help combat this type of stress due to the antioxidants found in the cannabinoid.
Not getting enough sleep can cause you problems throughout your day. You might have a condition such as insomnia which prevents you from getting to and staying asleep. A study found that CBD may help to improve REM sleep and reduce tiredness during the day.
Not only that but if stress and anxiety are what is keeping you awake then you’ll find it beneficial to use CBD to help with those issues, which in turn can help with sleep.
We are more aware of the need to look after our mental health than ever. Taking time each day to focus on our breathing and moving our body gently can have fantastic effects.
CBD may help to enhance your yoga and meditation practice by helping you to relax, feel less anxious, increase your mood and reduce inflammation. The last thing you want when you are trying to feel zen is anxious thoughts or pain creeping in!
There we have five ways in which CBD can help with your New Year goals and habits. Make this year your year to achieve.