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CBD To Boost Your Self-Care Routine

CBD To Boost Your Self-Care Routine
August 26, 2021

Welcome back to our Wellness Blogs! Today we are focusing on self-care as we get close to finishing wellness month. This one is another favorite of mine because I firmly believe in taking care of yourself, not for selfish reasons, but to take care of others and to make sure that you can accomplish what you set out to do. 

If you’re anything like us you don’t have a lot of extra time for self care, but that means you need it more than ever. Self-care is taking care of yourself to be healthy and well so you can do your job, help others, and achieve what you set out to do in life. Self-care can help you manage stress and keep you in good health, but it’s all about having a routine. Taking a relaxing bath once every 3 months probably isn’t enough self-care to actually take the stressors of life off your shoulders. However, incorporating a weekly relaxing bath would greatly increase your chances of destressing. 

The beautiful thing about self-care is that you don’t have to dive into everything all at once, you can start small and build your way up to an amazing self-care routine. When choosing ways to take care of yourself there can be a fine line between self-indulgence and self-care, self-care is doing things that nourish your emotional, physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual being, it can help you get closer to your goals, or be a moment of celebration, self-indulgence is usually a spontaneous action that may make you feel better in the moment but doesn’t have long term effects or it can be taking things too far. Self-care could be relaxing on the weekend or after a day of work and watching your favorite show, the fine line into self-indulgence here would be staying on the couch binge watching your shows and no longer going to work or engaging with your social life. Being aware of the line and making sure you stay on the side of self-care will help you have a proper routine that can be extremely beneficial. 

There are 5 main areas of self care, physical, social, intellectual/mental, spiritual, and emotional. Physical self-care revolves around exercise, sleep, dental, and medical habits. This can involve going to the doctors for check-ups, making sure to take any prescribed medications, going to the dentist to keep your mouth healthy, getting enough physical exercise, having a good sleep schedule, and maintaining a healthy diet. Social self-care is pretty self-explanatory, but not so easy to achieve all the time. Having face to face time with friends and family can be challenging when schedules don’t line up or you live far from each other, carving out time to nurture your relationships is a big deal, having a support group of people around you can be rewarding when you need uplifting or someone to talk to. Intellectual/mental self-care, probably our second favorite area, this involves personal growth, learning new things, and having a positive mindset. The power of education, it feels good to have answers that people need, knowing that your education has helped them even in the smallest way can fill you with happiness (that could just be me though, the person who has only ever wanted to help people). Spiritual self-care is what guides you through life, what you believe in and what you value in life is how you nourish your soul. The last one, our favorite area, is emotional self-care, because taking care of your emotional well being should be a top priority. If you want to deal with stress, know your feelings and where they come from, and love yourself and others then emotional self-care is important, (and the one that I choose to focus on more than anything).

This overview of the areas leads us to the benefits of self-care, many of which have been clinically studied, showing that self-care is really important, enough to do clinical studies on. So let's dive into what the benefits of self-care are!

  • Reduces or eliminates anxiety or depression
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves concentration
  • Minimize frustrations and anger
  • Increases happiness
  • Improves energy levels
  • Helps physical health
  • Improves emotional health
  • Can help make you a better caregiver
  • Provides a break from stress
  • Allows alone time
  • Helps you to respond properly in situations
  • Boost immunity from improved stress levels
  • It can also help you learn how to love yourself

Now that we have covered all the areas of self-care and all the benefits let’s talk about how CBD can be incorporated into your routine. When it comes to physical self-care CBD could be a huge help, using pain relieving topicals before or after exercise to help sore muscles, CBD infused protein bars to fight inflammation and stay energized during your workout, getting a good sleep routine with the help of CBD capsules, tablets, tinctures, etc., or even infusing CBD into your favorite recipes. Social self-care and CBD probably don’t go hand in hand, but they could, if your friends or family use CBD then why not grab some pre-rolled CBD flower and enjoy your time together relaxing with a movie or games. This also applies to intellectual/mental self-care, CBD offers many options for relaxing or stimulating so you can curl up with a book or focus on that hobby you love. Nurturing your spiritual side can include meditation for some people, this is the perfect opportunity to use CBD to help you settle into your meditation, especially if you struggle with sitting still or having a million things run through your mind when you want to be clear headed. With emotional self-care think about your favorite ways to decompress, relax, or handle your emotions. Do you meditate, take a bath, or journal? As mentioned above, CBD could help your meditation routine, it could also help you relax enough to get your emotions on paper, or you could use CBD bath salts and bath bombs to unwind after a long day or week. 

These are just a few ways that CBD can be incorporated into your self-care routine. Next time we will give you a product guide to self-care so you can find the perfect products to help you navigate self-care.