What is Stress?
Let’s face it, we are all stressed. We are all met with daily changes and challenges that can have a negative effect on our physical and mental wellness. This, as we are all very familiar with, is called stress. Stress is our body’s reaction to everything happening around us that can be challenging, upsetting, or just negative, and how our body reacts to it. Several things can contribute to to this, whether it is from our environment, our body, or even our own thoughts. There are countless situations that can cause us to become stressed, including problems with your job, issues with your friends or family, financial hardship, mental health struggles, and many more. In this article, you will discover several ways in which stress can negatively affect your mind and body, and how to help.
Physical & Mental Effects of Stress
Increased Heart Rate & Blood Pressure
When we are feeling stressed, this causes a hormone release in our body, which can effect our physical and emotional health and wellness. For example, stress can cause our blood pressure to increase, which has an effect on our moods and can cause sadness, frustration, nervousness, anger, or worry. It is nearly impossible to relax with any of these issues, which is why it important to combat stress before it takes a toll.
According to WebMD, stress can cause your body to release hormones, such as cortisol, that has the potential to increase the skin’s oil production, leading to breakouts and irritation. Scientists say that stress can also cause an autoimmune reaction by aggravating already existing skin problems such as dry skin and eczema. We often think of stress as a completely psychological event, but that is not true. Stress has an effect on our physical selves as well and can wreak havoc on our bodies.
Have you ever had a sore neck or back when under a lot of pressure, or have existing issues ever gotten worse? This is because, according to Mental Health America, stress can have an adverse effect on our muscles and joints, which contribute to soreness. Muscles can become tight while under stress, and in turn causes them to hurt or become inflamed. This is one of the main physiological symptoms of too much stress that people are often unaware of.
Ways To Deal With The Effects of Stress
Increased Heart Rate & Blood Pressure
There are several natural ways in which you can ease your mind and body. Performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, stretching, or special time to yourself can all have positive effects on on your heart rate and blood pressure. These are just some of the many all-natural ways to relax. We also know that many people look to CBD for relief, which is why we have our Renew CBD Bath Salt Soak. A lot of ways in which people decompress after a long day or week is with a warm and relaxing bath. The vegan and cruelty-free bath salt soak is loaded with vitamins such as magnesium, potassium and
zinc, that absorb into the skin. This promotes the ultimate sense of relaxation as you are listening to your favorite music, reading a good book or magazine, watching a program, or just silently retreating.
The amount of tasks that we are faced with on a daily bases all have the potential to increase our heart rate and create unnecessary worry. Effects of public speaking, social situations, workplace environment, or family life can all put a damper on your day. CBD edibles can have an incredible, positive effect on situations like this. According to a study by the British Journal of Pharmacology, CBD can reduce your heart rate in some instances of stress. Infuzion Foods Hemp-Derived CBD Almond Toffee Pretzel Bites are perfect for achieving that desired relaxation. Our lives are filled with chaos, which is why it is proven that hemp-derived CBD can help ease the mind. Each of our bites are 25mg, which is the perfect amount for beginners to start with. More regular users may be comfortable with more - it all depends on YOU!
As we know, stress can really take a toll on your skin. If you’ve ever gotten the chance to speak with a dermatologist, they will always preach one important remedy for skin wellness. MOISTURIZATION! Moisturization helps to ease a lot of problems with the skin such as eczema, dryness, flakiness, irritation, etc. Along with CBD and the proper vitamins, minerals, and natural oils, you can be on your way to more nourished and happier skin in no time.
Our line of Aromatheory CBD + Shea Whipped Body Butter is designed for dry skin in mind. All-natural shea butter contains Vitamins A, C, and E, which provide anti-inflammatory treatment, aid in skins natural collagen production and the turnover of new cells. According to Harvard Health, CBD, when used on the skin, has anti-inflammatory and anti-irritation effects, reducing skin redness and sensitivity. When all-natural shea butter and CBD are combined with grapeseed oil, kokum butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil, the moisturization effects reach a new level of nourishment. Our butters are thick, rich and emollient, due to the absence of any preservatives or parabens. The Vanilla Vibes and Dreamy lavender will certainly not disappoint! If you’re looking for a little shimmer, we even have Tropical Paradise Gold Shimmer and Cake Frosting Diamond Shimmer body butters for that vibrant glow!
One of our newest products from the Renew line, the CBD Sensitive Skin Oil, is another great way to combat that dry, flaky, sensitive skin. With stress comes unwanted blemishes, dryness, and much more. One of the best parts about this oil is that it is extremely safe to use on the face, as well as the rest of your body. The sensitive skin oil contains antioxidants and omega-rich oils, which help soothe irritated skin. Along with the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, it contains grapeseed oil and meadowfoam seed oil to maintain a youthful glow. Avocado oil delivers extra moisture while organic jojoba seed oil provides skin with exactly what it needs to stay moisturized.
One key way of combating the physical effects of stress is to get necessary rest. This
helps muscles and joints decompress and take a break from being tensed up. You also need to make sure you always stay as hydrated as possible. Dehydration contributes heavily to muscle cramps, which can further perpetuate soreness that you are already experiencing. Another way in which you can help relieve some of that discomfort is the use of gels, creams, and balms.
CBD is known to help combat inflammation when applied on the skin. The best way to apply is to massage the products into the skin as well as you can, thus providing optimal absorbency. CBD, when applied onto the skin, has the ability to decrease the production of of inflammatory receptors, thus providing relief to that area.
A few of our products in particular are great
aids in dealing with tightness and soreness. Our Renew CBD Relief Gel is loaded with menthol, aloe, eucalyptus, peppermint, and spearmint natural oils that can provide instant relief. This gel gives a refreshing cooling sensation when applied to any area in need of relief. We also offer a CBD Muscle Relief Cream, which is soothing and contains aloe, coconut oil, arnica, chamomile, cooling eucalyptus, peppermint, and spearmint. This cream is great for an extra moisturization boost, while helping to relieve trouble areas. Areas that are great for both of these products are hands, feet, neck, and back.
We believe that whole body wellness is essential to living a balanced life. Everyone is exposed to some levels of stress, whether it is minimal, medium, or high. We are always looking for ways to relax or find relief somehow. With a combination of mindfulness, self-care, and hemp-derived CBD products, life can begin to calm down and you will be well on your way to optimal mind and body wellness.
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