By: Laine Hammer & Cyrus Sepahbodi
What is Self Care?
In the last few years, the term “self care” has been hot on everyone’s lips – and for good reason! There’s been a lot going on in our world, which is making us turn inward and find ways to feel better and focus on our physical and mental health and well-being. We know it’s easy to neglect yourself, but as the flight attendants say, “Put on your oxygen mask first before helping others.” You can’t be there for your loved ones if you’re not taking care of yourself. Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite ways to practice self care.
Make Yourself a Priority
It’s never too late to put yourself first and make your mental health a priority. A great step towards self care is to cultivate a healthier mindset and lifestyle and to focus on you. If you have no idea how to do that, the first thing you should do is cut yourself some slack! This bears repeating: CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK! Life is far too short for sweating the small stuff, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Instead, focus on what makes you feel loved and secure. We suggest taking out a sheet of paper and writing a gratitude list. Start with the stuff that is most important to you: family, friends, and loved ones. A healthier attitude is just the beginning, a healthier lifestyle requires a little more action.
Why You Should Take a Self Care Day
To us, self care means stopping to take time for yourself and decipher what you need most in that moment. That could be anything from 5 minutes of solitude, to a workout, a laugh over FaceTime with friends, or a healthy snack. While it can be hard to devote a day to self care given our busy lives, everyone can set aside a few minutes throughout the day. It’s important to reset and step away from work, social lives, and responsibilities to take a breath, relax, and reset your mind and body. Self care is vital because it gives you a break, but it can also increase productivity, lower stress, improve brain function, provide alone time, and allow you to be more present with yourself and those around you. Here are a few of our favorite ways to take time for ourselves!
Cannabis for Self Care: A Treat for Your Mind & Body
Nothing centers the mind and body better than a session of yoga and meditation with cannabis. Check out our article on how to build a better you with meditation. Many of your self care routines, such as meditation, yoga, exercise, or taking a quick walk around the block, can be enhanced by cannabis. THC and CBD, the most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis, work within our bodies in a variety of ways. THC, the most prevalent cannabinoid, is typically used for acute pain relief, stress, appetite, and sleep. Seeing as sleep is a leading cause of stress, adding a little CBD and THC to your nighttime routine means you can get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling ready to take on your day. That in itself is self care. CBD, which makes up almost 40% of plant extract, is typically used for stress reduction and normal inflammation. Keep reading to learn how CBD and THC can be paired with various self care activities for maximum benefits. Since cannabis works best when kept intact with all its terpenes, cannabinoids, chlorophyll, and plant fats, it is vital to choose cannabis products that utilize the whole plant. Papa & Barkley’s solventless full spectrum process maintains the plant’s integrity, making the products extremely effective.
Self Care Tips & Self Care Activities
Now that you know how important it is to take care of yourself, here is a quick list of tips and activities to get you started.
Experience nature with our Releaf Gummies
One of our favorite ways to take a break from work and the stressors in our everyday lives is to go out in nature! Whether it’s an old-fashioned hike in the great outdoors or a stroll with the dog, getting outside is important for your physical and mental health. While immersing ourselves in nature is fun and refreshing, we like to pair our nature walks with our Releaf Gummies to help us feel even more in-touch with our surroundings!
Grab your favorite book and a bottle of Releaf Tincture
A good book can educate and help you refocus your attention on something other than your worries. A great book can change your life and give you an escape from your everyday routines. Know what makes reading a great book better? Cannabis drops like Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Tinctures. Start by taking 0.25ml under the tongue and holding for thirty seconds before swallowing. If you have a sensitivity to the taste of cannabis, drop a dose in your favorite hot tea or coffee in the morning. The tincture will help calm your mind, so you can get deeper into your book. Cozying up on the couch with your favorite book for thirty minutes is a great way to disconnect from the noise of your day.
Hop on your yoga mat with our Releaf Balm
We love how a good yoga practice can enhance your day. Many of us use yoga to stretch and prevent or relieve muscle soreness. If you have achy joints (my knees creak constantly!), we recommend putting our Releaf Balm on before your yoga practice to help with normal inflammation and allow you to limber up before you hit the mat. Then, after your flexibility, strength, or flow practice, rub the Balm on the places you need it most – shoulders, calves, feet – wherever feels good! For more tips & tricks, check out some other ways to improve workout recovery with CBD & THC! -Laine
Break Out the Releaf Body Oil & Show Your Muscles Some Love
If you’re like me, nothing in the world is better than a decent pair of strong hands and a liberal application of Releaf Body Oil. After a long day sitting at my desk my lower back and legs can get very sore—that’s when I bring out one of my favorite Papa & Barkley products, the Releaf Body Oil. I like to rub my thighs, calves, and finish up with my ankles while listening to a good audiobook (Harry Potter, I’m looking at you) or watching Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix. From the therapeutic blend of essential oils to the full-spectrum cannabinoids, using the Releaf Body oil for my daily self-massage is a total home run. -Cyrus
Practice Self Care with THC & CBD
Want a few more self care recs? We’ve compiled some tried-and-true activities that are designed to help you relax and restore before bed! Check out our article on creating your very own DIY spa day! Love face masks? Here’s a recipe for creating your own DIY CBD face mask using natural ingredients and Papa & Barkley’s 30:1 Releaf Tincture or CBD Releaf Drops. Caring for your skin is a great way to decompress at the end of a long day. If you’re not quite into the face mask game, why not add our 1:1 Releaf Repair Cream to your skincare routine? It not only smells great, but it contains solventless fresh-pressed rosin and soothing moisturizers to leave your skin feeling clean and rejuvenated. For those of you looking for a CBD option, the CBD Releaf Repair Cream is available nationwide!
We hope some of these recommendations help you find more time for yourself – because you don’t just deserve it, you need it! Whether it’s a day, a few hours, or just 5 minutes, doing something is better than nothing. Our cannabis wellness products are clean and effective ways to help you feel better, do better, and be better every day. We guarantee stepping away from your desk, taking a walk, hopping on your yoga mat, or reading a chapter of your favorite book will positively impact you (and those around you!)
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