5 Physical Habits to Reduce Stress

Adding healthy lifestyle habits to your CBD rituals can increase the benefits of CBD, and help relieve your stress and anxiety even further. We previously discussed a few mental habits to reduce stress, but here we discuss some healthy physical habits. By incorporating both physical and mental health habits into your CBD routine, you have the potential to create a stress and anxiety free life.  

1. Exercise

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins; a chemical that naturally reduces pain and increases the feeling of pleasure. Simply five minutes of aerobic exercise can start to have anti-anxiety effects and kick endorphins into gear. Some studies suggest that a 10-minute walk can have the same mood boosting qualities as a 45-minute workout. Yoga can also be a great form of exercise for those experiencing stress and anxiety. It incorporates breathing exercises, guided meditation, and intention setting, which are all beneficial for stress relief.

2. Whole Foods

Sugar, flour, and overly processed foods can have a tremendous impact on stress and anxiety. These foods can cause hormone disruption and trigger the inflammatory response in the body. When hormones are unbalanced and the body is inflamed, you’re unable to properly regulate stress and anxiety. Be sure to incorporate as many whole foods into your diet as possible, as well as green leafy vegetables, which are full of vitamins and minerals needed to keep your body balanced. If the food you’re reaching for is in a package with an ingredient list full of words you don’t know and can’t pronounce, chances are you shouldn’t be eating it.  

3. Essential Oils

Specifically lavender and chamomile have stress and anxiety relief benefits. Try swapping your plugin home fragrances for an essential oil diffuser. For bedtime relief, mist bed linens with essential oils by mixing a few drops of lavender and chamomile in a small spray bottle with water. Essential oils can also be applied topically to the neck and wrists for relief as well. Be sure to mix oils with a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba oil, if applying to the skin.

4. Reduce Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant that triggers the “fight-or-flight” response. The chemical norepinephrine is released by the body to create the “fight-or-flight” response, and is also what causes feelings of anxiety. If you are already feeling stressed and anxious, the last thing you want to do is consume a stimulant like coffee, and increase those anxious feelings. Try swapping out your morning coffee for tea, and if you drink multiple caffeinated beverages a day, try cutting back to just one. Don’t forget that most pre-workouts, and energy drinks also contain very high amounts of caffeine, and consumption should be kept to a minimum as well.

5. Sleep

Get enough quality sleep. While you sleep, your brain goes into DNA repair mode and cleans itself of metabolic waste. Sleep allows for cleaning and repairing, which in turn allows your brain to function properly. Without quality sleep and a properly functioning brain, the rest of your body will fail to perform. This includes the body’s ability to regulate hormones correctly, specifically stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which contribute to anxiety. Therefore, getting enough quality sleep can help reduce stress and anxiety, and prepare you for the day ahead.

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