May is Mental Health Awareness month, which brings an even deeper meaning as we are tested with a pandemic and social distancing. Everyone is dealing with a sense of grief, a loss of their former life, and trying to figure out a new way to live. As we navigate this new way of living, feelings are coming up; anxiety, loneliness, fear, and hopelessness. On the other side, many feel grateful, fortunate, creative, innovative, and supported. Wherever you are today, that is ok. Feel into whatever you are feeling and hold space for that.
For the month of May we offered tips on social media to support your mental and emotional well being. We have compiled the list here.
1. Add CBD to your self care routine. Whether it’s CBD oil daily in the morning, a muscle rub massaged onto your shoulders, or a bath bomb in the evening, CBD can help bring a sense of calm and well being in a natural, healthy way. We hope you can incorporate some or all into your daily routine.
2. Make a to-do list for your day, or week. Getting your ideas or to do list out of your head and into words on paper is a classic problem solving technique that really works.
3. Call a close friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Connection is a must for positive mental health; humans are designed to connect. Since we can’t get together for tea in person, call a friend or get online and have tea over Zoom.
4. Get 30 minutes of movement in daily. There are so many mental health benefits that can come from exercise, including better sleep, reduced stress and better mood. Take a 30 minute walk outside, try an online yoga class you’ve wanted to take, or do a dance cardio routine online.
5. More sleep. Getting good sleep is one of the best ways to combat stress, but when you’re stressed it can be hard to fall asleep. We suggest turning screens off at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Eat dinner at least 2 hours prior to sleeping. Take some intentional deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth when you first get into bed, to calm your body. Pull your shoulders away from your ears and soften your jaw. We also recommend using a CBD oil with melatonin, in addition to any of these activities, to ensure a restful, peaceful slumber. Creating a consistent nighttime routine with CBD lays the foundation for a better night of sleep every night.
6. Practice Gratitude. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. For this week, get specific about what you are thankful for and write it down every day. Gratitude journaling works because it slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on.
7. Breathe. One of the easiest ways to re-connect when you feel you may be spiraling out of control is to come back to your breath. Here is a 3 minute breathing exercise that will help take you from overwhelm to calm.
- Put your hands on your heart space.
- Slow your breathing down by elongating your inhales and exhales. Imagine you are breathing into your heart, instead of your lungs
- Once your heart and breathing feel in sync, think of something that puts you in a state of gratitude; a loved one, a fond memory, a place. Now, be here as long as you like.