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January 31, 2020

Lifestyle Changes to Manage Stress

Right now, you’re probably thinking of a million different things. If you’re like me, your mind is always racing. You’re contemplating your to-do list, evaluating new business ideas, and wondering if you left the stove on. (Don’t worry, you turned it off!)

Over the past 30 days, I’ve been conducting my own self-study to help manage everyday stress. No, I’m not running marathons or writing in a dream journal.

I’ve started meditating after using CBD. Every single night.

CBD has been a part of my life and stress management for years - that’s an easy one.  Only in the past 30 days have I disciplined myself enough to make CBD and meditation part of my daily routine.

Read on to learn how I use CBD to start (and enhance) my daily meditation practice and how the two work together to effectively improve your life.

Understanding CBD

In case you’re new to the world of CBD, cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It is known to have calming and relaxing qualities, and will not get you high. I’m partial to Amavi Collective CBD, but I might be a little biased!

CBD has countless proven benefits with more being discovered all the time. To name a few, CBD is known to help:

  • Relieve stress
  • Soothe anxiety
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduce heart rate
  • Increase focus
  • Decrease the effects of depression
  • and much more.

What Exactly is Meditation?

Meditation is a mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus and awareness. I’ve heard it described as such: “Meditation is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

You need to exercise your mind and encourage it to move in the ways that it may not be accustomed to in order to keep it working properly. ‘Exercising’ your mind in this way can even help even increase its capacity for further activity. 

Now, I’m no expert. But in my admittedly new personal experience, meditation creates a feeling of calm awareness without thought. 

The goal of meditation is to help achieve a sense of calm and relaxation that allows you to clear your mind and focus on what’s within. It is a mental exercise that incorporates different parts of the brain and body to achieve a sense of calmness and, often, clarity.

Combining CBD + Meditation

CBD is a no-brainer when it comes to dealing with stress. Stress is a part of everyday life that everyone experiences at one time or another.

The properties of CBD and its potential benefits make it very compatible with meditation.

CBD has been proven to affect endocannabinoid receptor activity. It works with the body’s naturally occurring Endocannabinoid System to help regulate essential functions such as sleep, appetite, mood, temperature and more. It’s been shown to help reduce inflammation and increase relaxation in a natural way.

Studies have shown that CBD is even helpful in treating anxiety and stress disorders.

The power of CBD to calm everything from physical strain to emotional stress has been incredible in helping me (and many others) simply experience an improved quality of life. Being able to feel soothed and relaxed from CBD has been extremely beneficial in achieving the sense of calm needed to focus during meditation. 

I must say, I am now a believer in the power of meditation, especially when enhanced by CBD.

My Experience with CBD + Meditation

On day one of my daily meditation, I was only able to last about 15 minutes. On day 30, I finished at about 45 minutes.

I attribute this amazing improvement to my use of CBD before meditating. Honestly, I couldn’t be more excited to continue my practice and improve my daily meditation using the calming and relaxing effects of CBD to power me through.

CBD has helped me sort out my constant racing thoughts and block out unnecessary stress.

That is exactly the point of meditation. I believe that CBD and meditation truly go hand-in-hand. By combining CBD and mediation, my hyperactive mind became more balanced. My awareness rose, I reduced my stress, and I reached a point of mental clarity that I feel can truly only be explained once you have experienced it for yourself.

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