Tis the season for Back to School STRESS!
This time of year is a whirlwind of responsibilities for parents and students, and it can be easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed.
- Focused Breathing, Yoga, or Meditation
- Time in Nature
- Get Moving!
- Essential Oils
There’s a reason so many people are turning to CBD for stress: it works! Research has shown that it changes brain chemistry and blood flow in the brain, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving mood. Furthermore, research has shown that CBD not only helps reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, but also impacts the way our brains respond to anxiety.
It is VITAL to choose high quality CBD that is free from pesticides, harmful chemicals, and THC. Kono Naturals CBD is third-party tested and sourced with integrity — and always free from harmful chemicals and solvents.
Focused Breathing, Yoga, or Meditation
Feeling stressed out? Take up a yoga or meditation practice for longterm stress management. For in the moment relief, take a few moments to engage in mindful, diaphragmic breathing. Inhale deeply and feel your diaphragm expand, then pause for a moment before slowly exhaling. Feel the stress melt away.
Time in Nature
Just a short walk in nature can decrease stress hormones and leave you feeling soothed and calm. Research has also shown that spending time in nature reduces muscle tension, blood pressure, and heart rate, and improves attention, connection, and mood.
Exercise is one of the best ways to combat stress. Not only does it ground you mentally and get you out of your head, but it has been shown that exercise impacts brain chemistry to boost mood and relieve stress. The best part: the more you do it, the better your results — for stress as well as weight management and overall health.
When your body is deprived of sleep, it can wreak havoc on your mental wellbeing, including stress, mood, cognitive function, fatigue, and focus. Make adequate rest a priority to keep stress at bay. If a good night’s rest eludes you, you’re in luck: CBD is beneficial not only for reducing stress but for promoting restful and balanced sleep as well!
Top essential oils for stress relief are peppermint, lavender, chamomile, orange, lemon, rose, ylang ylang, and bergamot. Orange oil goes one step further according to research, which found that it not only removes immune-system markers of stress but reduces fear as well. Did you know we use essential oils in some of your tinctures for added benefits — including peppermint, lemon, and orange!
Expressing gratitude has been shown to positively impact mood and well-being and may help relieve stress. Consider keeping a gratitude journal, and incorporating into your morning return to start your day on a positive note!