Western medicine has tended to treat physical ailments and psychological ailments very differently, as if our brain isn’t part of our body. But research increasingly shows that mental stress can have a huge impact on our physical health.
Stress can make us more susceptible to various illnesses, from heart disease to chronic pain, and it can increase the amount of time it takes us to recover from lingering ailments.
There seems to be no shortage of stress these days. From politics and nonstop news cycles to fast-paced jobs and the pull of your smartphone, it’s easy to feel like your life is on a treadmill, with no time to stop and take a moment for yourself.
At Liberty, we believe that taking care of your mental health is a vital part of maintaining your wellbeing. Here are some steps that are proven to help reduce stress:
Slow Down & Breathe
It sounds like a cliche, but research shows that taking some time each day to slow down can pay serious dividends. Whether you try full-on meditation or simply give yourself a daily moment to sit down and concentrate on breathing slowly, your body and mind will thank you. Try “the 3,4,5 method” by breathing in for 3 seconds, holding it for 4, and exhaling for 5. You’ll thank us.
The combination of muscle stretches and slow breathing makes yoga a popular choice for people looking to de-stress.
Getting the blood flowing helps get your anxieties out while taking your mind off your worries. Even if you can’t engage in vigorous physical activity, just going for a walk has big therapeutic benefits. Remember, people walked everywhere for millenia. Our bodies are built for it.
Simply being in nature and away from TVs and phone screens can work wonders. Get in the sun, feel the breeze on your skin, take your lunch break outdoors. Even if you can only squeeze a few minutes into your busy routine, it’s worth it.
What your mom told you was true: eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is vitally important to your health. When people are stressed, they tend to stress-eat (eating too much, and eating the wrong kinds of food) or turn to alcohol to de-compress, creating a downward spiral. Pay attention to what you put in your body and try to make smart decisions.
Visit Liberty. Okay, sure, we’re biased. But many of our products are derived from strains that many people find are perfect for reducing stress and anxiety. Come to your local Liberty dispensary and one of our Wellness Guides will help you find a therapy best designed for your unique needs.