Let’s face it, after making it through a global pandemic, political unrest, and a fluctuating economy, most of us are a little stressed out (and by a little, we mean a lot). In fact, according to a poll recently done by the American Psychiatric Association, Americans’ stress levels have risen since last year. The report states, “…nearly two out of five (37%) Americans rated their mental health as only fair or poor, up from 31% a year ago. More than one in four (26%) reported they anticipated experiencing more stress at the start of 2023, up from one in five (20%) last year.” Fortunately, the report also states that Americans are making resolutions and plans to deal with all the added stress by investing more in their personal wellness. With this in mind, the Hemp Learning Channel has curated five wellness trends that you can start right now to combat stress.
Make Sleep a Priority
We all know that getting enough sleep at night is important, but with family demands, work pressure, device distractions, and the occasional binge-watch few adults make it a priority. According to the CDC, adults aged 18 – 60 should average seven or more hours of sleep a night, but the Sleep Foundation reports that almost half of Americans say that they feel sleepy during the day between the hours of 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and 35.2% of American adults say that they sleep less than the recommended seven hours per night on average. Habitually not getting enough sleep at night can lead to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and poor mental health. Even one night of bad sleep can have an impact on your mood, work performance, and energy levels.
It’s pretty clear that getting enough rest should be a priority. While training yourself to sleep better at night can be a bit tricky, at first, your physical and mental health are well worth the effort. Need some tips to get started? Try the list below.
Here are a few things you can do to improve your sleep:
- Avoid eating a big, heavy meal for dinner
- Try a self-care routine before bed, like taking a bath or indulging in a skincare routine
- Take a melatonin supplement or better yet, a hemp-derived sleep gummy
- Turn off the tv, your devices, and the lights
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
Start a Customized CBD Routine
Hemp-derived products, like CBD tinctures and gummies, have been trending, and for good reason, too! CBD is linked to all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Not only can it make you feel less anxious, but it can also help you find more mental clarity and focus, provide you with better sleep, and it can even help with pain management and inflammation.
While many of us are interested in starting a CBD routine, we don’t know where to begin. We often wonder how much CBD we should be taking, when we should be taking it, and what kind of product will work best for us. In other words, starting a CBD routine can be a bit challenging.
Fortunately, companies like Bee’s Knees Wellness have discovered that jumping into a CBD routine head-first isn’t always the best way. People who do this often report that CBD doesn’t work for them the way they wanted it to. When this happens, it’s usually a case of not finding the right products, the right dosage, or giving the products the right amount of time to work. This is why it’s particularly important to find a customized routine for yourself.
If you work with one of the wellness experts at Bee’s Knees, they’ll help you create a completely customized CBD routine that helps you achieve the benefits you’d like. They take the guesswork out of CBD and simply make it work the right way for you. You can find a Bee’s Knees Sales Consultant who can help you start your completely customized CBD journey right here.
Set Some Time Aside for Mindfulness
Along with CBD, mindfulness is a rapidly growing trend. According to Headspace, one of the most popular mindfulness and meditation apps available, mindfulness is simply “…the ability to be fully present in the moment.” The benefits of mindfulness include less stress, better relationships, more mental clarity and focus, and increased levels of happiness to name a few. We don’t know about you, but we think all of those benefits sound great!
If you’d like to start to set aside time for more mindfulness in your daily routine, try some of these activities:
- Go for a short walk
- Start a journal
- Meditate (we love the Headspace app for meditation exercises)
- Try focusing on one task at a time and don’t move to the next task until one is finished
- Ground yourself from your devices for an hour a day (and not just while you’re sleeping).
Make Some Moves
Americans are looking more at cultivating healthier, longer lives than ever before. One of the ways they’re getting into longevity is by skipping traditional workouts at the gym and swapping them for functional and incidental fitness routines. The focus of functional fitness is to train in ways that prep your body for more day-to-day activity, like lunges, squats, push-ups, and bending. Incidental fitness involves adding ways to be more fit within your normal, daily activities, like parking far away from an entrance and walking through the parking lot or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Another way Americans are looking to decrease stress with fitness is to engage in more workout recovery. According to MindBody, 47% of Americans report that workout recovery practices like stretching and yoga are very important to them. Over a third of American consumers are interested in trying ice baths after a workout and 26% of Americans are trying biohacking for top mental and physical performance.
Next time you work out, consider skipping the gym and doing a more functional workout at home. There are a lot of free workout videos on sites like YouTube and even Netflix is starting to feature at-home workouts. When your workout is done, don’t forget to recover with stretching and hydrating. And, if you are brave, you can try an ice bath!
Follow Your Gut
Our last (but certainly not least) wellness tip is to follow your gut. An increased interest in the connection between gut health and brain function has become more prevalent. Your body is full of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. While they sound dangerous, actually some bacteria are extremely important to your health. Not only does your microbiome help support a healthy immune system, but it also helps you manage your weight, and can impact brain health, as well.
If you’re interested in improving your gut health, try some of the things below.
- Add more fermented foods to your diet. Think pickles, sauerkraut, kombucha, plant-based yogurt, sourdough bread, and anything that has a healthy amount of probiotics
- Get enough fiber. A lot of us focus on getting enough protein in our diets, but fiber is equally important. Follow your mother’s advice and make sure you eat your veggies, especially the green ones
- Limit refined foods. There’s nothing wrong with having a little treat once in a while, but studies show that the more you eat fast or junk foods, the more damage you do to your microbiome
- Try not to take antibiotics unless they’re prescribed by a doctor as a necessity. Antibiotics are designed to kill unhealthy bacteria, but in doing so, they also kill healthy bacteria. Never take them unless you have supervision from your medical professional and limit taking them when you can.
Investing in yourself is never a bad thing because you deserve to feel your best from the inside out! We hope these wellness tips help you stop stressing and get you on your way to improved mental and physical health. Stay tuned for more wellness tips, as well as great hemp education on our site and social media channels.