It’s a new year, which means it’s a great time for you to start focusing more on self-care routines. After such a strange and stressful 2020, I think we all deserve a little more time for self-care in 2021!
Of course, at Honest Hemp we all believe in the power of CBD for self-care. We have all been using CBD for years as a daily tool to help improve different areas of our wellbeing.
In this article, we will discuss the different ways in which you can add CBD to your self-care routine in order to get the results you need.
CBD for Post-Workout
Add CBD to your fitness routine
Physical exercise along is brilliant for self-care. It helps us to de-stress, improve our mood, improve self-esteem, and boost our energy. Staying fit and active will, of course, help to improve your physical health as well as these mental aspects.
Your exercise may come in the form of gym workouts, running, exercise classes, yoga, and many other things. Everyone is different and, hence, everyone’s fitness routine is different. However, the application of CBD into this routine remains pretty similar.
CBD can help to improve your routine by assisting with post-workout muscle recovery. Research suggests that CBD has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects which can be excellent for muscle soreness. By assisting with this, CBD could help lead to a faster recovery which allows you to get back to exercising more quickly.
In addition to this, CBD could also help to improve your energy levels and boost the metabolism – 2 things that tie in closely with a good fitness routine.
If you choose to use CBD for fitness, you will probably want to opt for a high strength CBD oil and a topical product such as a balm or cooling gel. Use your CBD oil every day, including rest days, ideally before bed. Your muscles do not grow or recover when you’re working out – it’s during rest days and sleep that the most repair takes place. Therefore, you want the CBD in your system during this time for optimum effectiveness. With topical products, you should apply these directly to the muscles when you feel pain, which is usually the day after a heavy workout.
CBD for Mental Health
Add CBD to your daily supplement routine
Many people use CBD to help with mental health, including depression, anxiety, or stress – anxiety is one of the most common reasons overall that people use CBD.
Research into the topic suggests that CBD can be effective for various types of anxiety disorders and depression. Researchers aren’t yet 100% certain on how this works, but it’s widely believed to be due to the way that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. We have endocannabinoid receptors in our brains that influence the release of serotonin and it’s thought that using CBD may help to regulate this. Low levels of serotonin is a common cause of mental health issues like anxiety and depression, so CBD could help our brains to combat this.
Stress is fairly similar to anxiety but is probably experienced far more commonly by more people. One of the many functions of the endocannabinoid system is to help regulate our mood and stress response meaning CBD could help to balance our stress levels. This is hugely beneficial because stress can actually be awful for our health. It affects our heart health and immune system health as well as causing problems like headaches and stomach pain.
When adding CBD to your daily supplement routine for mental health and general wellness, you’ll probably want to opt for a CBD oil or CBD soft gel capsules. These are easy to use daily and allow you to get a high enough dose.
CBD for Sleep
Add CBD to your nighttime routine
Lots of people add CBD to their routine to help them fall and stay asleep throughout the night. It’s thought that CBD could help with the causes of insomnia or low-quality sleep, such as stress, depression, anxiety, or pain.
In addition to this, the endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in regulating the sleep cycle. Therefore, helping to balance this system with CBD may help to balance your sleep schedule. As a result, this can also help you to feel more awake and less groggy during the day.
CBD for Skin Health
Add CBD to your skincare routine
Research shows that CBD has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD may be able to help soothe irritated skin and hydrate dry skin. It could also help with many skin problems related to inflammation, such as rashes, redness, or acne.
As an antioxidant, CBD may be able to combat damage from free-radicals which can cause many problems including acne and premature skin ageing. CBD is said to help reduce the production of sebum which is what often leads to acne. It may also help to combat signs of ageing like wrinkles and skin dullness.
In addition to this, research indicates that CBD could help with other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
If you want to add CBD to your skincare routine, you’ll need to choose topical products like body butter and balms. Check out the full range of CBD topicals here.