May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. It is a month of events raising awareness of the different types of mental health issues we all face. Being diagnosed with a mental health problem can be difficult but luckily there are many resources available to help as well as tools.
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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Mental Health Month began to take traction in May 1949, reaching people through the media and local events. Poor mental health was associated with negative attitudes and a stigma that often led to institutionalization. Since the 1940s there has been growing acceptance towards mental health issues and support for people with them.
Every year Mental Health Awareness Month is supported by a theme. Past themes have included ‘Live Your Life Well’ in 2010, designed to encourage people to take responsibility for the prevention of mental health issues by making positive lifestyle choices. Last year, 2019, the theme was ‘#4Mind4Body’ focusing on what individuals can do to be fit for their futures.
This year the theme is ‘Tools 2 Thrive’. What practical tools can everyone use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with? At this time of COVID-19 and social distancing, we can all agree finding tools to help us thrive is more important than ever.
Take 5 minutes to read the rest of this article to understand what conditions can be classed as a mental health illness, and how UrthLeaf are harnessing the power of CBD as a Tool 2 Thrive.
UrthLeaf sell CBD-oil products, how can they help?
Research studies have shown that CBD can benefit a whole range of mental health challenges. It may help lower feelings of isolation and calm the brain for example. UrthLeaf have invested in a safe method of relaxing the body and even helping with pain. Therefore, we believe it is one of the most suitable tools for coping with some mental health issues.
Types of Mental Health Problems
If we were to write a true list of mental health problems people can be diagnosed with, this article would take 5 hours to read, not 5 minutes. So, we have focused on the issues that can be supported by CBD.
Please note, if you believe you are suffering from any of these, it is best to seek professional advice from a medical practitioner.
We all feel angry – it is a part of being human. It is a completely normal and healthy emotion which we might experience if we’re feeling attacked or frustrated. Sometimes it can be useful as it can help us identify problems that are hurting us and motivate us to create change.
However, anger can become a problem when we struggle to calm down and feel out of control. If you regularly find you can’t express your anger in a healthy way, such as through destructive behaviour or any way that is having a negative impact on your mental health; then it may be time to seek help and find a tool to help calm your emotions.
Anxiety occurs when we are worried, tense or afraid about something that is about to happen, or we think could happen in the future. It is a natural human response when we feel we are under threat. It is particularly common to experience anxiety while coping with stressful events or changes, especially if they could have a big impact on your life.
When we feel under threat our bodies react by releasing certain hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones make us feel more alert and make our hearts beat faster. This is called the ‘fight or flight’ response. It automatically happens to our bodies and there is nothing we can do to control it.
Now, this ‘fight or flight’ reaction can become a problem if your feelings of anxiety are very strong or last for a long time. If your fears or worries are an over-reaction to the situation or your worries feel very distressing. If this is the case, it may be necessary to find support and tools to help you cope with these upsetting feelings, so you can continue to live everyday life and do the things you enjoy.
Everyone experiences loneliness at some point in their lives. For each person loneliness can be different. It is not always the same as being alone. Sometimes it can be caused when our need for rewarding social contact and relationships is not met. Living with a person does not necessarily eliminate the chance of feeling lonely. Similarly, someone living alone may be perfectly happy with the circumstances.
Although feeling lonely isn’t a mental health problem, the two are very strongly linked. Having a mental health problem can increase your chance of feeling lonely. Mental health problems can include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and increased stress.
Poor sleep and mental health problems have a close relationship. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and in turn, poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.
Having a sleep problem can lead you to having negative thoughts and feeling anxious and lonely or isolated. It is a vicious cycle because having anxiety can cause you to sleep poorly.
Finding a good self-care and sensible bedtime routine can really help you to get good sleep. Relaxing before bed, sleeping somewhere comfortable, eating well and getting regular exercise can all benefit sleep.
Feeling stressed is a natural response to many situations for lots of people. It can mean we feel pressured; we have lots to do and think about. Or it can be our reaction to being placed under pressure.
Stress can be overwhelming. It’s a normal part of life however it can cause mental health problems or make existing problems worse. Coping with the day-to-day symptoms of a mental health problem can become an extra source of stress. This can start to feel like a vicious cycle, and it can be hard to see where stress ends and your mental health problem begins.
Is CBD a Good Tool for Managing Mental Health?
If you suffer from any of the above mental health problems, you may be looking for a way to relax your body and mind.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a natural plant-based oil that contains chemicals called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are molecules naturally made by the body when we are feeling relaxed (they’re also released when we sleep well and do some exercise). They bind to parts of our bodies called cannabinoid receptors, helping to stimulate those feel-good responses. This is key to helping the body keep itself in balance. It keeps inflammation down and modulates pain while maintaining a good mood.
It is very safe to take and won’t cause you to feel high. CBD contains very little THC which is the substance in marijuana that has psychoactive effects.
It is also very easy to take. UrthLeaf CBD is sold in many different methods from tincture to gummies to capsules. Each product contains 100% natural CBD sourced from our partner farms who pride themselves on natural extraction methodologies.
Try UrthLeaf CBD products as essential tools to maintain good mental health.