2020 has been a tough year, and fortunately, it’s coming to an end soon. But it’s not 2021 yet, and there’s one more hurdle to get over before Dec. 31: The holidays. And with them, holiday stress.
Whether you observe Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa – or even if you’d rather not observe anything at all – the holidays tend to be a time of stress and anxiety. After all, there’s gift buying and maintaining holiday cheer; there are high expectations and now the angst of how to safely socialize; there’s planning, cleaning, cooking, wrapping, and more.
Happy, sad, stressed, regretful, cheerful, anxious: The holidays can be an emotional roller coaster, so buckle up!
Lowering the holiday stress is, at least partially, in your hands. Obviously, you can’t get new relatives or turn back the hands of time, but here are a few things you can do to help yourself have a stress-free – or at least less stressful – holiday season with CBD:
‘Tis the season for parties! Parties are often a time to overindulge in alcohol. Too much alcohol can make you feel bad physically and mentally. Being overtired (and hungover) can lead to depression, and who needs that at holiday time? So, try to drink in moderation. If you need some pre-party chill, take some CBD. Studies indicate that CBD can assist in curbing anxiety and holiday stress.
Travel is always stressful. But this year, COVID-19 has thrown something extra into the mix. Now it’s not how or where to travel, but whether to travel at all. Whether to cancel visits with relatives and close friends weighs heavily on many people, adding extra anxiety. If you do travel, a dose of CBD at the outset can be beneficial to your well-being as well as your immune system.
Aches & Pains
Long periods of sitting in a car or a plane can cause your muscles to get a little cranky. The cold weather can also contribute, and anxiety and stress can come with their own set of body aches, pains, and headaches. CBD has been shown to help alleviate pain and inflammation and aid in mitigating migraine pain. Got a muscle ache and want to pinpoint the pain area? Try topical CBD cream to hit the hurt where it lives.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is sometimes called the “Winter Blues,” but it’s more than that. It’s a recognized depressive illness that affects people seasonally. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “The symptoms can be distressing and overwhelming and can interfere with daily functioning.” SAD can occur in the summer, but it’s much more common in the winter. CBD may help relieve the symptoms of SAD safely, reducing reliance on antidepressants.
Don’t forget to take some time for yourself: a hot bath, music or a book, and some CBD tea can do wonders for your outlook. Just fill the tub, turn on the tunes, add a few drops of Sunrise CBD to any tea, relax, and let that holiday stress melt away.
Have a list. Not only will this help you focus on what you need to buy, but it will also help you remember what you purchased, so you don’t overspend. Don’t buy more than you can afford, or you’ll add a whole new source of stress.
Want to show people you care about their well-being? Consider adding CBD products to stockings this year. The gift of wellness is always welcome, and giving thoughtful support to friends and family is priceless.
For more on studies on CBD’s benefits for specific illnesses or disorders, go to https://sunrisecbd.com/cbd-studies/.
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