We’re a week into 2021, and if you made New Year’s Resolutions on the 1st, and are still sticking to them, we salute you. If you’ve already caved, we salute you too – we get it, those changes are tough. But goals are good to have – even if you don’t meet them.
And a little motivation doesn’t hurt.
Luckily, there are many ways in which CBD can help you stick to those resolutions! Seriously.
CBD for Your New Year’s Resolutions
1. Make Fitness Less Painful
If your New Year’s Resolutions revolve around getting in shape, or knocking off those few extra pounds 2020 added to your waistline, good for you! That’s never an easy goal, but it’s always smart to watch your weight to stay healthy.
How can CBD help?
We all know that exercise, particularly a new workout that targets muscles you haven’t used in a while, comes with a little pain. Well, just because inflammation is common after a workout, that doesn’t mean you have to grin and bear it. With its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD helps reduce pain and and inflammation post-workout.
It can also be good to help your muscles recover. A rigorous workout can actually cause tiny tears in your muscle tissue. Then, the body gets to work repairing that damaged tissue, and your muscles become stronger. CBD helps here too. It can assist in the recovery, improving your body’s ability to get back to its peak, and getting you back to the grind faster, and without pain.
Additionally, science tells us CBD increases the body’s ability to burn calories by boosting the activity of the mitochondria in cells, and it aids in the browning of fat cells – and brown fatty tissue burns energy. So, it may even boost your metabolism! Win-win.
2. Kick Stress to the Curb
We’ve noted before that CBD usage has gone up since last March thanks to Covid and its many stress inducing consequences. If this year to want to get your stress under control, CBD may be an important tool in your toolkit.
Whether you have occasional stress or long term stress that, research suggests CBD can be effective. CBD creates balance in the body by targeting the areas that need it most.
With occasional, small bursts of stress, your body releases hormones like cortisol which tell your brain to focus. And that’s a good thing. However, if these hormonal messages don’t stop, your brain will start ignoring them and they can start to overload your body. Research tells us that endocannabinoid signaling responds to and regulates the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis that governs the secretion of those stress hormones. This means it helps your body manage the release of them. And this allows your brain to better handle them and inhibits that overload.
3. Improve Your Focus
If you’ve been feeling less motivated at work or are having a tough time concentration, and so have made boosting productivity your New Year’s Resolution, again, bring CBD to the table.
One of the biggest problems people have with focus is an overactive brain – often as a result of anxiety. If you’re constantly worrying about this or that, and your mind seems to be running in circles, this will undeniably impact your ability to focus. Thankfully, research tells us that CBD can help reduce those feelings of anxiousness.
What’s more, CBD is directly associated with dopamine, a chemical neurotransmitter in your brain in charge of memory, focus, and mental awareness. When your attention and focus are decreased, chances are, your dopamine levels are low. Studies show that CBD can help manage and increase dopamine levels in the brain.
Plus, CBD can help improve your sleep. And since we all know that if you’re tired, you’re not focused, that’s crucial. Research tells us that CBD can help calm the mind and improve sleep over time, giving you the rest you need to increase your alertness and your ability to focus.
Cheers to Those New year’s Resolutions
As we head into 2021 with fresh goals and a positive outlook for the year ahead, adding CBD to your routine may just give you that boost you need to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions.
It’s not a magic cure-all that will fix all the world’s problems – oh how we wish it were – but it may just give you that little extra motivation to get the job done!