How To Get The Most Out Of Your CBD Routine
Now more than ever is the perfect time to create new habits. Life as we knew it has very much changed and we have been faced with being forced to work from home, socially distance ourselves from friends and family, home school our kids, shop from home, and more. One thing we have focused on at Olani Organics is: How can we adapt to our new norm while staying focused, active, and healthy? Having so much time on our hands has allowed us to reflect, a lot, and focus on the little things we can do to support our immune system to stay well, continue to stay active during such a stagnant period, and most importantly….stay sane.
Whether you are stressed out trying to keep up with your kids online school assignments, missing your favorite yoga class or workout at the gym you can still create new ways to stay active and make the most out of your CBD routine. Staying active is vital to your good health both physically and mentally. Regular activity helps maintain muscle, bone, and heart health. Not to mention it helps boost dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels which will improve your mood, concentration, motivaton, and memory. You should also start a regular regime of CBD because it plays an important role here too. When absorbed by the body, cannabidiol binds with our own endocannabinoid system receptors and stimulates it to produce it’s own cannabinoids. The Endocannabinoid System can be a very therapeutic target to intervene with in many disease states because it ultimately is a body system regulator. So, whether you are adding CBD to your daily routine for a specific reason or just for overall balance, it is so incredibly beneficial in more ways that you could ever imagine and the science behind it is becoming more evident as studies continue to evolve.
Equally important to staying active, especially during “our new norm” is to create a regular routine. This is very important as most of us are trying to find a balance between work, school, exercise, and more, all within the confines of our homes. If you were a morning person before Covid 19 and were up, running, and out of the house by 7am, then you should continue to set your alarm, rise, shower, get the kids up, have breakfast, walk the dogs and begin the day as if you would before. It’s very easy to fall into a rut and lose our productive focus since becoming remote human beings. So, we all may have slacked a little bit at first, but now is a perfect time to regain your sense of self and purpose for everyone’s sanity! If you didn’t have to start your day at the crack of dawn, you should still try to wake up around the same time as before and begin your routine as previously. Either way, a regular routine helps to decrease stress levels and improves mental well-being.
Get or stay active; but on a regular basis. There are so many apps available for work-out at home routines as well as fitness programs On Demand. Create a small at home gym area in the basement or even in the yard now that the warm weather is here. For those that didn’t have an actual “work-out” routine, try and walk everyday even if it’s a short walk. Just get moving and stay moving at least 3x/week to boost the health of your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Walking can help with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint and muscle pain or stiffness, and diseases such as diabetes and many others.
Eating well and drinking plenty of water will provide you with energy and hydration that is needed to stay active throughout your entire day. Proper nutrition provides fuel for the body to stay strong, fight off illnesses, boost your immune system, aids in weight loss, reduces your cancer risk, helps to manage diseases like diabetes, osteoarthritis/osteoporosis, heart disease, auto-immune disorders, helps to prevent stroke, heart attacks and much more. It’s easy to fall into bad habits with so much time on our hands, so stay focused on simple self-care techniques that you can implement now.
Maintain a regular bedtime. Simply getting 7-8hr of sleep per night can boost your immune system and improve your outcomes if you are currently fighting off a virus. Lack of sleep weakens your immune system and if you are not getting adequate hours of sleep each night you can consider yourself already immunocompromised.
5 ways to help you fall asleep:
- Create a cool, dark environment (sleeping in a cooler environment will help you fall and stay asleep).
- Limit screen time at night (turn off cell phones and computers at least 2 hr before bed).
- Minimize stress levels
- Maintain a regular daily routine
- Minimize naps
Practicing gratitude is a great way to boost your health and well-being. Berkeley.edu has worked on research about grattitude over the past 15 years. “Preliminary studies suggests that grateful people may have better sleep, healthier hearts, and fewer aches and pains”, in an article they wrote: “Is Gratitide Good for Your Health?“. Being thankful also helps to decrease stress and ensure a sense of calm and well-being. Gratitude can also help to improve relationships and lord knows that all of us have encountered our share of togetherness during quarantine! Some simple ways to implement gratitide are:
- Say thank-you
- Write a thank-you note
- Keep a gratitude jounal
- Take advantage of our time of solitude and notice the little things in nature that you may have been too busy to notice before
- Count your blessings
Why is the Endocannabinoid System so important?
So How Can You Easily Incorporate CBD into Your Routine?
We are so glad you asked. First, I bet you didn’t realize that you could utilize and benefit from CBD in the following ways:
- CBD pre/post workout
- CBD pre-sleep
- CBD to elevate your next massage (ask your partner to give you a massage with our soothing CBD Oil Salve)
- CBD to enhance your favorite smoothie drink
- CBD pre/post activity
- CBD for sports recovery
- CBD pre/post yoga workout
- CBD to enhance your beauty routine
- CBD for women’s health
- CBD for men’s heath
- CBD pre/post sexual activity
- CBD post injury
- CBD for preventative health
Consistency is key and when taking CBD it is one of the most important things to remember. Keep in mind that everyone’s routine can be tailored specifically to your own needs and finding that sweet spot is what you will need to figure out. We start off every morning with a nutritious light breakfast as CBD is much better absorbed by the body when taken just after a meal. Some eggs, yogurt, fruit and a nice cup of Java will do you good. Keep in mind, CBD should not be taken with your prescribed medications and it’s best to space those out using a 2hr window before or after consuming CBD. The theory behind this is that CBD acts similar to the way that grapefruit does and could have an impact on how your body absorbs prescribed medications. This is why your physician or pharmacist may advise you not to take certain medications with grapefruit. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and space out any type of CBD or other over the counter vitamins or supplements from your prescription ones and never to take any medication with grapefruit or grapefruit juice. After breakfast we take 2 25mg Everyday Formula Natural Softgels.
Depending on plans for the day, we generally will have 1 or 2 CBD Oil Gummies after lunch if we are planning to increase our activity or need to focus on a particular work task, or even if the day is becoming stressful from all of our increased activities at home with the kids, dogs, and work deadlines. At least twice a week we try to focus on a “spa at home evening” to pamper ourselves since most of us have been missing these luxury treatments over the last 4 months. It is so important that we take some “me” time and really try and unwind. We feel that little pleasures mean so much more at this moment and this is how we indulge. Light some candles and draw a hot bath and be sure to drop in one of our Lavender infused CBD Oil bath bombs. Don’t forget to apply a CBD Oil face mask, sit back with eyes closed and just breath & relax for at least 15 minutes. Focus on clearing your mind of all the things that are on your “to-do” list for the next day or even week. This is your time to de-stress and let go of all the anxiety and weight of the world. Just try to give yourself at least 15 solid minutes of pure relaxation. If you choose to soak longer, even better. You will be blown away at how much a CBD bath bomb relaxes every ounce of your body, mind, and soul. We can’t stress enough that if you haven’t tried one yet, you are truly missing out on a very simple self-wellness technique.
After the bath, we choose not to shower or rinse off. The reason being, is that your body will continue to absorb and benefit from the unique oils and of course the CBD present in the bombs. But wait….that’s not all of “spa evening”…We indulge further by using our CBD Body Lotion to moisturize and replenish the most stressed out skin areas on our bodies. Our favorite stress spots to add TLC to are: face, neck, hands, elbows, and heels. This routine is especially rewarding just before bedtime. It is such a great way to settle down and really allow your mind and body to prep for a solid night sleep. We also take 1-2 CBD Oil Softgels with Melatonin before bed and apply a small amount of CBD Sports Cream to the back of the neck as we shut out the lights for the night. Not everyone will need to take this step, but if you have any sort of achy neck or tension in your shoulders from the day, this little secret is amazing. Lights out as you drift off to experience a restful rejuvenating sleep.
These are just some of the ways that we’ve gotten the most out of our CBD regime and it has helped so much for us personally. Some may prefer to use a CBD Oil Tincture in place of or in addition to the softgels. CBD is still CBD no matter which method of consumption becomes your favorite. If you are still unsure where to begin or if you are unsure of which new product to try, we would love to walk you through all of your product questions. Just email or call us anytime and would be happy to help. CBD is an incredible compound that can provide you with total body wellness. Using CBD Oil products daily coupled with other a regular health conscious interventions can enhance your self-wellness and help regulate homeostasis.