We love CBD and the impact it can have in our lives as much as anyone, but we also know that if you really want to make a difference to your health and wellbeing, you need to get holistic. Being holistic is about taking the starting point CBD gives you and then using it to build momentum in every area of your life. That way you can really start to rebuild, recharge and re-energise in a way that will set you free in ways you simply can’t imagine right now.
The problem is that with so much conflicting information out there, and the fact that everyone has a unique set of circumstances, finding the right approach for you isn’t as easy as it sounds. That’s why we’ve spent some time weighing things up and thinking things over. The result? This handy little article that’s designed to introduce you to the top half a dozen healthy lifestyle shifts that will work wonders when you set them alongside regular CBD intake. Have a read, have fun and enjoy the results folks!
Waking at the same time, 7 days a week
Research shows that if you chop and change the time you wake up, you’ll be throwing your circadian rhythm out of sync with your day. While it’s always tempting to get a longer session of shuteye on the weekends, do you really benefit from it? Of course, if you’re burnt out and fatigued, you need to up your rest; but if you’re just tired, consider how it’ll impact your bedtime at the end of the day.
Many of us like to stay up later on the weekends and cut loose, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. The problem is that when you want to burn the candle at both ends, it tends to be the quality of your sleep that suffers. You end up staying up later, waking up later, and then giving yourself a nasty case of social jet lag come Monday morning. If you want to stop this cycle, having a rigid time to wake up will work wonders. It’ll also make sure you’re able to better maintain your energy levels throughout the week, making lie-ins less of a necessity and more of an occasional treat.
Staying hydrated while you’re working
We all know you should have a drink with your meal, and we all know that you need to quench your thirst when you’re working out. The problem is that when we’re working, hydration often goes out the window. Waiting until you are thirsty and then getting a coffee really isn’t a good idea in terms of your overall health and wellness. The key is to sip a bottle of water and have it with you at your desk or workstation.
By staying constantly topped up, you can maintain your energy, mental focus and avoid annoying headaches and sudden drops in your mood. Sipping won’t change your life by itself, but it will prove to be a vital piece of the puzzle as you look to build the healthy, happy life you’ve always wanted.
Eating little and often, right throughout the day
As with our all-natural CBD products from NI, little and often is really the best way to go. We all love the occasional blowout and binge-eating session, and we don’t want you to feel like you have to forego treats for the rest of your life. What we do think, however, is that it’s worth putting some real thought into how you’re going to approach consuming your diet.
We’re not talking about making sure you get your fruit and veg here folks — we’re talking about when to get them into you! This is really important because when you have a large, heavy meal, your blood sugar levels drop for about half an hour as your body starts to process the new food you’ve given it. This will make you feel bloated, tired and flagging in terms of your energy. These are clearly three things you want to avoid if you’re going to feel like you’re cruising through your day without a care in the world. Moving from three big meals to six meals of half the size, spread evenly throughout the day has been shown to work wonders for a number of elite athletes, as these are the people who know what it takes to really perform, maybe it’s worth a little food for thought?
Building exercise into your daily routine
The great thing about building exercise into your routine is that it will become second nature before you know it. Take your time to get it right, don’t be afraid to experiment, and do what works for you — not what someone else tells you is the ‘only way’ to train and get results.
By giving yourself a training session every day to anchor yourself to, you can get the big release of happy hormones that comes from physical exertion. You’ll also find that you enjoy the process more and more the longer you do it as you’ll start to see your performance levels increase and your body transform. Perfect when you want to make the most of the recovery benefits you’ll get from our range of UK CBD products!
Make the last hour before bed purely analogue
Finding ways to reduce your screen time and get away from the constant stream of notifications and app alerts really does make the world of difference when it comes to your sleep health. Something as simple as swapping your phone alarm for an old school alarm clock is a super easy way to keep your phone out of the bedroom.
Get a warm white book light, a stack of page turners and dedicate the last hour of the day to reading. Why does this matter? Because when you go analogue for the last hour of the day, you can gradually shut down your brain and increase your chances of falling right to sleep. Reading also has the added benefit of being tiring, which means it won’t artificially energise you in the way that a blue light screen does, for example. Get into a good book, commit to making this a habit, and by this time next week it’ll be an integral part of your daily routine.
Make socialising a lifelong habit
Last but not least, why not use the drop in social anxiety that our NI-based CBD range can give you to really get out there and enjoy meeting new people? Joining clubs, going out for meals and reconnecting with old friends are all great ways to enjoy yourself and put things like work stress in their place.
What happens next?
Take a closer look at our all-natural CBD product range and you’ll find the final finishing touches to your new health and wellness routine. Put everything together the right way and you’ll soon be achieving results and seeing changes that make the rest of the world sit up and take notice. Enjoy the ride and don’t forget to share your results with us over on our social channels!
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