Breaking the Silence: Recognising and Managing Stress

Breaking the Silence: Recognising and Managing Stress

Stress is a natural part of life, and we all experience it to some degree. While it's normal to feel stressed occasionally, too much stress can have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing. That's why it's essential to take steps to manage it. April is Stress Awareness Month, and it's an excellent time to focus on the impact it can have on us and how to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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Recognise your stress triggers

Stress can come from many sources, including work, relationships, finances, and health issues. When we experience stress, our bodies respond by releasing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones prepare us for a fight or flight response, which is useful in some situations, but when we experience chronic stress, it can cause health problems.

An infographic of stress symptoms

Fortunately, there are many ways to manage stress, and we will provide several methods you can use to do so.

Try using CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the hemp plant. When interacting with other elements such as chamomile and lemon balm, it can help promote calm and focus.

At Vitality CBD, we are proud to supply high-quality CBD products. Our products are made from organically grown hemp, and they undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they're safe to use. We offer a wide range of products, including oils, gummies, e-liquids and topicals.

Vitality CBD products

Our CBD Support Range is composed of premium CBD oils that are meticulously formulated. Our Sleep Support CBD features a unique blend of lavender, chamomile and lemon balm- with the aim of helping the user achieve a good night’s sleep. Whereas our Calm Support CBD is crafted with Californian poppy and magnesium- ideal for usage after a long, stressful day.

For those who don't like the taste of CBD oil or for some reason or another struggle to apply it, our gummies could be just what you’re looking for. Available in raspberry and orange flavours, each gummy contains 5mg of CBD. This makes it easy to control your dosage in a convenient manner.

Take steps to reduce stress

Stress is a common experience for people of all walks of life- what isn’t so common is the information required to help people deal with stress. While it may not be possible to eliminate it entirely, there are steps you can take to help reduce it. 

Here are some tips for managing stress effectively:

  1. Identify the source of your stress: The first step in managing stress is to identify what's causing it. Once you know the source of your stress, you can take steps to address it.
  2. Practice relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or tai chi, can help to reduce stress levels. These techniques help to calm the mind and body, reducing the physical symptoms of stress.
  3. Exercise regularly: Exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress levels. It helps to release endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters. Regular exercise also improves physical health, which can reduce stress levels.
  4. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can increase stress levels, so it's essential to get enough sleep each night. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Do not underestimate a good night’s rest.
  5. Eat a healthy diet: Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help to reduce stress levels. A diet that's high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can provide the nutrients your body needs to function at its best.
  6. Practice time management: Poor time management can lead to stress, so it's important to prioritise your tasks and manage your time effectively. Make a to-do list, set realistic goals, and take breaks when you need them.
  7. Connect with others: Social support can help to reduce stress levels. Spend time with friends and family, join a social group or club, or volunteer in your community.

Make time for yourself

Yes, as previously mentioned, stress is a natural part of life, but too much stress can affect your life in ways you probably won’t see coming. It’s of the utmost importance to make time for yourself, relax, and clear your schedule and mind simultaneously. We recommend setting days aside where you can re-charge both physically and mentally.

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Re-charge days can come in many different formats, such as playing sports with friends, or maybe being glued to the sofa and bingeing on your favourite movies and shows. The fast-paced nature of life can catch up to all of us, so ensure you’ve got days slotted in where you don’t need to do, or indeed think much. Remember to look after number one.

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