This article originally appeared on Leafly.com
If it feels like you’re trying to do too many things at once lately, you’re not alone. The average American worker gets just over 10 minutes of work done before getting distracted by something, whether it’s important or not. Multitasking has even infiltrated our downtime. More than 40% of Americans admit to browsing the internet while watching TV, and nearly half of us check our email at the movie theater (not cool, by the way).
Most of us know by now that juggling—or trying to juggle—all these responsibilities at once means that other priorities fall by the wayside. Too often, our efforts to live a healthy lifestyle get swallowed up in a sea of screens, notifications, reminders, and to-do lists. When we try and do too much, we can lose sight of living a balanced life—and that lack of balance makes it all too easy to knock us off track in ways big and small.
Despite our best intentions, as the day wears on it gets easier and easier to make easy choices instead of healthy ones. To reach for a bag of chips instead of an apple, or grab a Diet Coke—or, OK, another Diet Coke—instead of a glass of water.
So how do you keep your balance when it feels like the world is trying to throw you off? A healthy diet, quality sleep, and staying active are all important factors. But there are some other easy decisions anyone can make to imbue their day with a little extra balance, like integrating CBD into their daily wellness routine.
What Is CBD?
CBD (or cannabidiol, if you’re feeling wordy) is one of the many cannabinoid compounds present in cannabis. Unlike its more well-known cousin THC, CBD is not intoxicating, meaning it doesn’t produce the head-swimming highs that are often associated with cannabis consumption. That doesn’t mean it’s an idle compound, though. Indeed, a growing body of research shows that CBD has a ton of potential health benefits.
One arena where CBD shows a lot of promise is the treatment of anxiety. Recent studies suggest that CBD could provide relief for generalized anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and a host of related issues. It can also make even the most notoriously anxiety-inducing tasks a little easier—if you’re nervous about public speaking and are looking for a way to keep your cool, for example, studies suggest a little CBD might be just what the doctor ordered. These are just a few of the ways that CBD can help keep you on a steady course.
CBD products are also an increasingly popular way to treat minor aches and pains without popping another painkiller. Whether you slept on your back funny, overdid it at the gym, or live with a chronic condition, CBD can help prevent pain from running the show.
Making CBD Work for You
Adding another step to your daily regimen can be a daunting proposition. After all, we’re already counting steps, going to the gym, keeping our snack game healthy, and trying to get a good night’s sleep every evening. With that much to keep track of, who’s got time to add one more item to their wellness to-do list?
Pretty much anyone, it turns out. That’s because CBD is an easy step you can add when you want and how you want to help you approach every day from a more stable place. You can find CBD in tinctures, topical ointments, and hemp oils that go great with breakfast. And in states where it’s legal, cannabis strains high in CBD offer a whole-plant way of getting your daily dose.
All those delivery methods mean that you can get your CBD easily every morning, even if every morning isn’t the same for you. Wake up with a sore back? Apply a topical CBD balm instead of stirring hemp oil into your smoothie. (You can also take a CBD capsule on days you skip the power smoothie for a breakfast sandwich. We won’t tell.)
“When you’re feeling balanced, your focus is improved and you can get more done, because you’re not so easily overwhelmed by the little things in life,” says Kimberly Pease, founder of CBD product company Healthy Wellness.
CBD’s anti-anxiety qualities help head stress off at the pass, making it an especially strong way to start your day. Rather than trying to get your balance back after a stressful morning, a little CBD can provide the improved focus to ensure your day never gets off the rails in the first place. Plenty of CBD users also find a second dose in the evening helps them unwind from the day and get ready for a restful night’s sleep.
A Step on the Road to Health
Like any healthy habit, the benefits of CBD accrue over time. More relaxed days and more restful evenings tend to feed off one another, leading to an overall sense of just plain feeling better. Getting healthy can be a long road—in fact, it’s one without an end—but every step counts. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a working parent, a stressed grad student or a senior struggling with arthritis, CBD is an easy way to help live a healthier, more balanced life.
“A heathy lifestyle is your choice, and so is your state of wellness,” says Pease. “Make this choice and you will get balanced, live better, and enjoy more. Nothing happens overnight, but even thinking about it gets you closer to a healthy wellness state.”