As we travel from city to city and state to state in our 1970 VW surf bus collecting dreams, we have noticed an alarming trend. While people play happy on the outside and on their social media posts, on the inside many we meet are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and losing hope.
It seems it’s not just those we meet while on the Oola Dream Tour. We live in an overworked and overwhelmed society with unhappiness, depression and suicide becoming a major national public health crisis. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that anxiety disorders affect 40 million Americans and major depressive disorders affects over 16.1 million Americans. Suicide has increased 24% over the last 20 years and 70% of Americans state that they feel stressed and anxious every day.*
If any of this describes you or someone you love, what can you do? Here are 7 natural options:
- Exercise: Moving your body is most associated with the physical benefits, but exercise has huge mental benefits as well. Increasing your heart rate, sweating and stimulating your nervous system plays a major role in stimulating endorphins (the happy molecules of your body), and getting rid of toxins and negativity. Exercise also reduces cortisol levels in the body which can raise havoc with not only stored fat, but also provides a release for negative emotions and feelings of stress.
- Meditation: Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years, but it has gained serious popularity recently. You can read about it. You can watch videos on it. You can listen to podcasts about it. You can download apps about it. But, most importantly is to just do it. Meditation is a great tool to calm the mind and turn off the intense stress of our daily lives. It is used by CEOs and religious leaders. By competitive athletes and those battling cancer. If you are new to mediation, consider apps like Headspace or Calm. These are free apps that do a great job guiding your meditation.
- CBD: CBD (Cannabidiol) interacts with your Endocannabinoid system (ECS) to create a balancing effect know as homeostasis throughout your entire body. It's like balancing your life from the inside out.** This is why we developed the CBD tea called CHILL (Click here to learn more). A recent surge in scientific publications have found preclinical and clinical evidence documenting value for CBD in some neuropsychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression. Evidence points toward a calming effect for CBD in the central nervous system. A study that was published in PubMed completed a small sample study that consisted of 72 adults presenting with primary concerns of anxiety (n = 47) or poor sleep (n = 25). Anxiety scores decreased within the first month in 57 patients (79.2%) and remained decreased during the study duration. Sleep scores improved within the first month in 48 patients (66.7%) but fluctuated over time.*** If you are new to CBD and want to give CBD tea a try, start with the 28-day CBD tea CHILL protocol by clicking here.
- Self-Care: Give yourself permission to be happy and know at your core that you are designed by God for greatness and a purpose. Schedule time for you. Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s actually selfless. A better you is more able to tend to those around you. Don’t know your purpose or overwhelmed with all that needs to be done? Start with the 3 simple steps as outlined in the Oola books. Look at your life, clear the clutter, and decide what is really important. Although you likely want to change many things, start with one. Then move toward that daily. Progress is the key to happiness. Perfectionism destroys it. Don’t know where to start? Start by clicking here.
- Essential Oils: Many essential oils have been used for years for relaxing the mind and supporting a strong sense of well-being. We are huge fans of aromatherapy by using a diffuser and essential oils such as lavender, valerian and jasmine. Our favorite Young Living essential oils to diffuse are Oola Balance, Peace and Calming, and Stress Away.
- Spend Time with loved ones: When studying the blue zones, the places in the world with the most centenarians (people living over 100 years), there are some consistent themes between these regions. There are similarities in diet and activity, but all of these regions put high value on spending time with loved ones. Dinners, parties, evening gatherings etc. all play a key role in their longevity and overall health. Having a sense of closeness, love and support is important for your mental health. Spend time with the family and friends that you love and you will start to see some of the anxiety and stress melt away. It is all about balance.
- Sleep: Your body needs to shut down and repair itself, and that is done with good quality sleep. The more the technological world around us pulls our attention late into the night with Netflix binges and scrolling your smartphone in bed for hours, the worse sleep we get. Something free: unplug and start to wind down 30-60 minutes before the actual time you want to fall asleep. Write in a gratitude journal. Plan your next day and make sure you get as close to eight hours of sleep as possible. If you want to invest in your sleep, consider an Oura ring which measures your levels of sleep and tracks the quality of your sleep over time directly to your smartphone. Or try a cup of the timeless sleep remedy chamomile tea before bed. Or take it to the next level with chamomile tea plus CBD (Click here to shop CBD Sleep).
*If you feel like harming yourself at any level, call the suicide prevention hotline (1-800-273-8255). Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. You are not alone and there are people who want to help. Get the help.