The Importance of Stress Management
If you’re feeling more stressed than your male counterparts, this isn’t necessarily a sign that you’re not handling stress as well. It might be because you are actually experiencing more stress. Take a moment to praise yourself for managing what you already are and make sure that going forward you have effective stress management strategies available to you. Having a variety of tools is important and can set you up for better long-term management.
Press Pause and Take Time For Yourself
Whether you only have one moment in the car alone or you have some time set aside at the end of the day, pressing pause and taking time for yourself can make all the difference. We all need a moment of pause when life starts to spin wildly out of control.
Mindfulness is the practice of anchoring yourself in the present moment, combating stress and negative thinking. There are many ways to practice mindfulness including meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga. Studies have shown that meditation is an effective way to alleviate stress. From guided meditation apps to free breathing exercises, there are a variety of ways to help situate yourself in the present moment and escape from your busy mind.
Exercising regularly lowers stress hormones while releasing endorphins. Studies have shown that physical activity is a powerful way for relieving the symptoms of depression and anxiety while also helping to relax the muscles. It can also help improve sleep, immune health, boost confidence, and overall wellness.
Spend Time With Loved Ones
Social support can help get you through stressful times. Spending time with loved ones can release oxytocin which is a natural stress reliever. Friends and family can also provide additional support by seeing your problems in new ways and suggesting different solutions. According to the APA, women are more likely to report more stress management activities that connect them to other people.
Prioritizing your self-care can be a wonderfully-effective stress management tool. From making sure you’re getting enough sleep to instilling healthy lifestyle habits across your diet and getting organized can all help set you up for success. Remember ladies, you can’t pour from an empty cup!
CBD for Stress
CBD has been celebrated for its promising, all-natural stress-relieving properties. Many studies, including this one, indicate the critical role that the endocannabinoid system has in regards to stress. While there needs to be a lot more clinical research done, the available preclinical and anecdotal data have been overwhelmingly positive for CBD’s ability to help alleviate the body’s stress response. By interacting with the endocannabinoid system and triggering cannabinoid signaling, CBD may help nudge all systems towards homeostasis while alleviating the emotional and physical response to stressful stimuli. Studies like this one and this one display the therapeutic promise that CBD has for coping with unmanaged chronic stress.
How Can CBD Help Women With Stress?
Women can be more susceptible to certain conditions that lead to the body’s stress response and increased production of cortisol. These conditions include anxiety, insomnia, painful conditions, PMS, menopause, and more. While stress and anxiety are two very different things, they often go hand-in-hand, sharing many of the same physical and emotional symptoms and both taking a heavy toll on the body. Insomnia as well as anything that chronically disrupts sleep can also take a serious toll on how the body functions and reacts. Pain from injuries, menstrual cramps, menopause, and other chronic conditions can also be quite stressful.
CBD may address all of these stressful stimuli, helping target some of the underlying physical and mental causes of stress. By interacting with the endocannabinoid system and naturally balancing cortisol levels while engaging the inhibitory feedback system that keeps the body’s overall inflammatory response in check, CBD may offer therapeutic value on multiple levels for helping women better manage stress.
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