Stress has its purposes. While it is an unpopular opinion, stress can be a good thing in small doses. Indeed, according to studies, short-term stress can make you more productive and effective. It encourages your brain to focus and boosts its performance. In other words, through targeted stress, you can become more creative, more motivated, and more resilient.
The real problem, when it comes to stress, is letting go. Learning to de-stress at the end of the day or after a difficult task is a crucial skill to develop. If you fail to wind down, your stress hormone level remains elevated, which can have long-term consequences on your mood and health. How do you switch off stress when you don’t need it anymore?
Can you eat yourself to serenity? Not completely, as there is a thin line between emotional and functional eating. In other words, grabbing for a pack of cookies may give you the illusion of feeling more relaxed. But in reality, it creates a vicious cycle of sugar dependency. Instead, you want to choose ingredients that are beneficial for your health and impact your mood. CBD edibles can be a great solution as they typically take up to an hour to act. CBD gummies are easily available, and they are less harmful to your health than the typical feel-good food.
However, edibles do not immediately switch off stress. So, you can create a soothing routine that helps prepare your brain. For instance, rather than edibles, you may want to try drinkables, such as CBD tea, as the gesture of drinking a cup of tea can help set the mood. Alternatively, a few CBD drops inside a cup of soothing mint or chamomile tea can work wonders!
The main reason you continue to carry your stress around is that you continue thinking about it. After a stressful day at work, it’s time to let the work worries at the door. If you struggle with letting go of your work-related thoughts, or any other stressful thoughts related to your daily routine, you need to create a stress-cleansing spot at home. It can be an area where you spend half an hour to let go of your thoughts. Yoga and meditation are effective tools, but not everyone is a confident yogi. So, you can focus on activities that distract your thoughts, such as curling up on the sofa with a cozy blanket and a good book or heading to your backyard for some gardening. Your switch-off routine informs your brain that the workday is over. However, it’s important to create a productive and active routine. Indeed, a passive habit, such as watching TV, for instance, could have the opposite effect. Being a part of your winding down process rather than a passive recipient puts you in control. As appealing as binge-watching your favorite show might be, it can increase fatigue and vulnerability to stress.
Winding down is a difficult but essential practice. Learning to manage stress level is all about taking back control of its effects on the body. You can tackle the physical effects of stress through edibles that calm the body and then impact the mind. Alternatively, you can start with the mind through an activity that helps you focus your thoughts.