April is the month for stress awareness and there’s no better time to reflect on how you’re feeling and how to restore your mental balance.
With the recent cost of living crisis and the conflict in Ukraine, more people are reporting elevated levels of stress than before.
In a recent survey we asked our Instagram community what causes you the most stress and how you manage it. The cost of living crisis was among the top stressors, with a whopping 96% of you voting that to cause you more stress than the war in Ukraine. Work was also a big stressor, with 54% voting for that to be more stressful than health concerns.
We also asked what you do to manage your stress levels and ‘taking CBD’ came in at an impressive 64%, beating ‘talking to friends’ at only 36% as a way to handle stress. Exercise was also a top stress reliever, gaining 72% of your votes against ‘meditation’, which only scored 28%.
Tony Calamita, Co-Founder Love Hemp, comments:
“It is vital that we continue to shine a spotlight on the subject of stress, which is a major challenge for many people. While it is likely that the Covid pandemic was probably the major concern for many Brits over the last few years, this has now been overtaken for the vast majority of people by the current pressures caused by the cost of living crisis. It’s really important that people understand they are not alone – stress is an everyday factor for so many of us but, as our survey shows, there are various techniques that are favoured by people who are affected.”
Boxing legend and former heavy weight world champion, Anthony Joshua, and Love Hemp ambassador says:
“The ability of CBD to improve people’s everyday lives is undeniable.”
Tips for better stress management
Eating a healthy diet can help you feel more energised and reduce the negative effects of stress on your body. Start the day with a balanced breakfast, avoid highly refined foods, and try not to skip meals.
Exercise triggers the release of those ‘feel-good’ endorphins which can boost your mood and reduce some of the emotional intensity you’re feeling. However, if joining a gym sounds daunting, get out in nature (and bring the dog too). There are plenty of ways to release endorphins and super-boost your mood.
Social time is highly valuable and talking with friends and family can tackle feelings of loneliness and ease any worries you may have. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved!
Make time for hobbies
Each day, set aside some time for the things you enjoy – even for just 30 minutes. If you feel overwhelmed at work, you may benefit from a regular hobby that will allow you to unwind and give you something to look forward to after a hard day.
Add CBD to your daily routine
A daily dose of CBD can support your mental well-being due to the way it interacts with your endocannabinoid system, which plays a vital role in regulating stress and anxiety. We recommend our signature CBD Oil Drops in 1200mg-6000mg for best results.