As resilient as we are, this is a difficult and confusing time. Everyday is filled with questions about what will happen next. We not only have to decipher what is going on in the world and our country but in our own home. When my overly optimistic, giggly, joyful 13 year old daughter asked, “Mom is my anxiety normal?” I was shook. She is incredibly mature and level headed. However, the ongoing insecurity of the world has started to pay its toll.
If we are honest with ourselves I think it is starting to pay its toll on everyone. I see it in my patients, my life coaching clients and now my own family. As caregivers of all types, we must realize we are no good to anyone else if we can not take care of ourselves. I had to check in and do my own self assessment which I encourage you to do the same.
How would you grade yourself in regards to: handling stress? obtaining adequate sleep? finding time for exercise? seeking a balanced and nutritional diet? prioritizing self care? If you are a C- or below in any of these areas it is time to make yourself your next project! This is the perfect time to start a yoga practice and/or a meditation regimen. Take the time and do a spa treatment or simply take a walk. Do whatever it is that will slow your mind and body down enough to rejuvenate. It is also a great time to look at CBD as an option for stress. CBD not only works with our Endocannabinoid System to make it more efficient, but also binds to the receptors that help CBD mimic serotonin and activate your body’s 5-HT1A serotonin receptors. These are the same receptors that are activated when you are prescribed anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications.You don’t have to have clinical anxiety to try CBD, I often recommend it simply to handle excessive stress. A full spectrum CBD with secondary cannabinoids can even help balance sleep.
We can not depend on any one tool to cure everything, but taking some time and doing regular self assessments can help us discover where we need more balance in our lives. Help your family do the same! Try to engage two or more restorative practices, Yoga, journaling, CBD and a healthy diet or just a few. Prioritizing balance will allow you to tackle daily stress a little better and be more present for your family!
Have questions or would like to suggest a subject for my next column? Please email me at DrBridget@greenharvest.health