Although this time of year is wrapped up as joyous and celebratory, Christmas can be one of the hardest times of year for many people. Anxiety at Christmas is very common for all ages of Americans. We explore whether CBD oil can relieve anxiety and if you should treat yourself to an early Christmas present, to get yourself through the following weeks.
Anxiety at Christmas
Many people feel anxious over the Christmas period. This commonly manifests as anxiety about social gatherings. People who experience anxiety, particularly social anxiety, can feel pressure to attend various social engagements and commit to activities and events associated around Christmas.
There are additional financial pressures at Christmas that can also cause a great deal of anxiety. There are presents to buy, new outfits for different social events, and the “essentials” such as wrapping paper and decorations.
Some people don’t have friends or family to spend the holiday with which can cause increased feelings of loneliness. On the other hand, anxious thoughts can be triggered by the thought of spending time with family members who are in conflict. Or it could be this is the first Christmas after losing a loved one. All of the above can leave someone feeling isolated and therefore more anxious.
Here are a few general tips to help you get through the festive period.
- Drink Responsibly
Although many people say that alcohol helps them to relax and relieve their anxiety, drinking too much (and the following hangover) can often lead us to feel worse. Learn your limits and make sure you stay safe. Staying hydrated can help so drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic drinks.
- Breathe for Distraction
If things do feel like they are getting too much, distract yourself by focusing on your breath. Learn some breathing and relaxation techniques so you can go inwards whenever external forces are feeling too heavy.
- Don’t Overindulge
It’s tempting to treat ourselves over the festive period. Remember, food plays a massive role in how we feel. Too much sugar and caffeine can cause peaks and crashes that will impact on our emotions.
- Keep Active
It’s easy to forget about exercise during this time but we can still go for a walk or maintain our exercise regimes. Visit your local park or try an online home workout to keep your fitness levels up.
- Make Time for Yourself
We highly support this tip. Watch your favorite film, read a book or listen to music. Be sure to practice self-care and be kind to yourself. Spend at least one day in your pyjamas and relax, after all, it is the holidays!
- Practice Mindfulness
Did you know, that 10 minutes of mindfulness practice each day could help keep you grounded, calm and relaxed. Try using the Headspace app for sessions on stress, anxiety, depression and avoiding panic.
- Move at your Pace
Don’t feel pressured by family, friends or colleagues to rush around at Christmas. The reality of Christmas is much different to what is seen on TV or social media. It’s ok to avoid the whirlwind!
- Be Prepared for the Party Season
If you’re going to a party, have a plan in place for if your anxiety makes an appearance. Speak to a friend you trust and devise methods to help you if you enter a panic. This means you have a trusted person on hand to help you cope and make you feel safe.
- Plenty of Rest
Be sure to sleep well and get plenty of rest during Christmas. Feeling tired can lead to us feeling less able to cope. Grab an early night or have a few lie-ins. Try UrthLeaf’s range of CBD oil products to help you relax into a good night’s sleep.
- Get Support
There are lots of Anxiety charities that are open over the Christmas period. Call one of these or have trusted family members or friends on standby to talk to if you’re feeling anxious.
How Can CBD Help?
Firstly, cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments. It is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in cannabis or hemp plants. CBD is an appealing option for those looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects often associated with marijuana.
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis or hemp plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil. Some scientific studies confirm it may ease symptoms of anxiety.
Anxiety and depression are usually treated with drugs or talking therapies. The prescribed drugs can cause a number of side effects such as drowsiness and headaches. They can also become addictive.
CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, meaning many people are interested in this natural approach. It could be the key to helping you through a particularly anxious period, such as Christmas.
CBD has the ability to act and stimulate the brain’s receptors for serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.
Best CBD Oil Products to Try
Here at UrthLeaf, we have a range of CBD oil products, designed to suit every lifestyle. Here are, in our opinion, the best ones to try to relieve symptoms of anxiety at Christmas.
CBD Hemp Oil Tincture (various doses)
This is our number 1 selling product! Filled with full-spectrum CBD oil (meaning it provides multiple benefits), it is a pure and natural product that contains zero additives.
Our tinctures have a light, natural taste. It easily blends with smoothies or juices or it can be placed directly under the tongue. By combining it with your morning beverage it’s easy to remember to take, so there’s no need to try and remember to take your meds!
CBD Gel Capsules
Our pre-dosed capsules are wrapped up for convenience. Packaged in a small jar that can be carried around, they come to the rescue whenever you’re on the go. As a discreet form of CBD oil, you may consider carrying them in your bag while you’re on your way to a social engagement during Christmas.
CBD Gel Capsules are tasteless and work effectively and quickly by dissolving instantly. You will be calm within an hour and feel confident that you can handle anything this Christmas period might throw at you!