Groggy? You’re Not Alone During the Lockdown. A Psychyatrist Explains Why…

We’re hearing it over and over again from our customers, family members, and friends during these strange and uncertain times. A lot of people are feeling groggy and a bit out there, so don’t be hard on yourself if you’re feeling it too.

According to Dr. Natasha Bijlani, a London-based psychiatrist, you may be feeling groggy because of a phenomena labeled “Sleep inertia.” She describes it as grogginess that occurs between sleep and wakefulness and can often leave you feeling disoriented and even clumsy after waking. While the majority of us experience this to a certain degree when things are normal in the world, our routines normally kick in and we become more alert as the day progresses.

It’s like starting a car. When the engine is ignited, it takes a little time for the car to warm up before you can jet off into the world and make your mark.

However, the majority of us are experiencing a complete disruption of our routines. Working from home, job hunting, being around our family members far more than normal, staying up way too late binge watching the latest Netflix or Hulu shows, and having constant access to our fridges, are throwing us off.

Here Are Some Secrets to Getting Back on Track + Boosting Your Energy Levels

#1 – Re-establish Your Routine

According to Dr. Bijlani, the first step is getting back into a regular sleep-wake routine, even if it may be tempting to stay up late binge-watching new shows and you don’t have to be anywhere in the morning. “We function better when we sleep to a regular rhythm and get enough sleep for our individual needs.”

Get up and get going in the morning!

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#2 – Wake Up with the Help of Essential Oils + Broad Spectrum CBD

Thankfully, nature has dreamed up some pretty powerful essential oils that can literally jumpstart your body in minutes. We’re talking oils like lemongrass, bergamot, Ylang Ylang, and spearmint that stimulate your olfactory system when their aromas are inhaled.

And then there’s CBD, which when applied to the body helps loosen your muscles and joints up, while helping to relieve tension and anxiety.

We’ve strategically developed the Awaken CBD + Essential Oil Roll-On that you can apply in the morning for an energy boost or throughout the day when you feel like you’re lagging.

#3 – Consider Delicious CBD Supplementation Awaken Chocolates

If you’re wanting a delicious energy boost in the morning, you can also consider our Awaken Crunch Berry CBD Chocolates. They’re an irresistible combination of white and milk chocolate, fruity cereal, and CBD. It’s the perfect CBD bite to satisfy both your mind and body,

#4 – Get Your Body Moving!

Yes, we know it’s a bummer that most gyms are closed and it even feels weird right now to leave the house. The good news is that there are TONS of workout videos out there for you to enjoy, and if you can, push yourself to get outside and take a brisk run or walk. Whatever you do, don’t be stagnant! It’s a recipe for continued grogginess.

If you want a super fun workout, we suggest trying this one:

#5 – Set Regular Work Hours

Experts also suggest setting serious work hours if you’re working from home or searching for work. Start at a specific time, take a lunch break and a couple sanity breaks, and then end at a specific time. Once done, shut your computer off.

Bonus: Rejuvenate with Some Self Care

Don’t forget that your skin is craving some love during this time as well. Consider revitalizing your face and eyes with nutrient-rich masks. You can do this while working or at the end of your day.

How the Endocannabinoid System Works & Why It’s Important for Every Woman

Whether you’re a newbie to CBD or not, you may have heard the term Endocannabinoid System (ECS) thrown around. And if you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry, you’re about to find out exactly why it may be one of the most important things you’ve learned today — or maybe all year.

Each and every human being has an Endocannabinoid System.

It wasn’t until the early 1990s that researchers discovered the ECS. They were trying to understand THC (the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant that makes you feel a mental and physical “high”) better and accidentally stumbled upon it. The discovery was so profound that everyone involved with the project wondered how it was that the medical and scientific communities never knew it existed.

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Enquiring minds wanted to know — so researchers dug deeper and realized the ECS is POWERFUL and plays a vital role in regulating numerous bodily functions:

  • Sleep
  • Mood 
  • Appetite 
  • Memory
  • Reproduction and fertility
  • Cardiovascular health 
  • Skin health
  • Memory 
  • Motor control
  • Liver function
  • Stress management
  • And more…

How Your Endocannabinoid System Works

There are three components to your ECS including endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. 

Beginning with endocannabinoids, they are molecules that are produced by your body and are similar in nature to cannabinoids. 

Researchers have a long way to go before they fully understand the ECS, but they have identified two endocannabinoids thus far:

  • 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG)
  • anandamide (AEA)

They help keep bodily functions running and rhythms moving smoothly when they are plentiful. However, if the endocannabinoid system gets out of whack, some researchers have concluded that your health can take a major dip.

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The second component of your ECS is Endocannabinoid Receptors. They are strategically located all over your body. They are triggered by endocannabinoids that bind to them and signal that an action needs to occur.

You have two main endocannabinoid receptors:

  1. CB1 receptors – found in your central nervous system.
  2. CB2 receptors – found within your peripheral nervous system, with a large concentration in your immune cells. 

Endocannabinoids bind to either your CB1 or CB2 receptors, and this is where the magic begins. 

When endocannabinoids attach to CB1 receptors, they may be prone to relieve pain, while the CB2 receptors may help guide your immune cells signal that you’re experiencing inflammation and other signs associated with a compromised immune system.

The third aspect of your ECS has to do with Enzymes that break down endocannabinoids after they’ve made an impact on your body.

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Where Does CBD Fit Into the Scheme of Things?

The cannabis plant contains at least 113 cannabinoids, and CBD is one of them. CBD stands for cannabidiol. Unlike THC (the well-known cannabinoid that makes you feel a psychoactive high), CBD doesn’t make you “high” or cause any known negative effects.

Researchers are hard at work trying to find out exactly how CBD interacts with your ECS, but they do know that it binds very differently to your CB1 and CB2 receptors than THC does.

Preliminary theories are that CBD works to prevent endocannabinoids from breaking down, allowing them to have a greater effect on your mind and body. Some researchers even believe that CBD binds to a receptor that is just waiting to be discovered. 

Can Your Endocannabinoid System Have a Deficiency? 

Scientists are working hard on understanding this part of the equation. A growing number of experts believe this is a real problem for many people.

A 2016 article took a deep dive into 10 years of research on the potential of endocannabinoid deficiency in the human body and found that it may play a major role in why some people have fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines. 

Researchers point to the fact that none of these conditions have been linked to a clear underlying cause. Plus, they often occur at the same time. A theory is that the missing link to treatment surrounds the endocannabinoid system.

Further research is in the works.

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How to Stimulate Your Endocannabinoid System

The use of CBD has been proven to stimulate the endocannabinoid system by enhancing the CB1 receptors of the brain and increasing the levels of endocannabinoid 2-AG by preventing it from breaking down. 

You may want to consider adding CBD tinctures, CBD isolate capsules, CBD gummies, topicals, or skincare products into your daily routine. 

In addition to CBD supplementation, you can also stimulate your endocannabinoid system with a mix of extra virgin olive oil, one cup of coffee per day, foods rich in flavonoids (dark chocolate, red wine, nuts, seeds, and more), broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, green tea, probiotics, exposure to cold, regular massage, and stress reduction tactics. 

How Can Blush Help Feed Your Endocannabinoid System?

At Blush, we have to admit we’re a bit obsessed with your ECS. This is why we’re hard at work developing all-natural products that have the power to keep you thriving. 

Want to learn more about the ECS? Or have questions

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The Secret to Enjoying the Most Relaxing & Nurturing Bath Session

Whether you take baths regularly or are wanting to begin taking more baths, it’s important that you know how good they are for you.

According to a handful of studies surrounding baths, they are beneficial for the following reasons:

  • They may improve heart health.
  • Your brain and nervous system respond amazingly well.
  • They can help you breathe easier.
  • They boost immunity.
  • They help to balance hormones.
  • Exposure to fluid and steam hydrates your skin.
  • They help regulate body temperature.

The secret to having out of this world baths is to go the extra mile to make them soothing, calming and revitalizing. Here’s how we recommend you set the tone:

#1 – Focus on Ambience

Do everything you can to make your bathroom as zen and peaceful as possible. Turn the lights down or off, light some candles, and turn on some calming music.

#2 – Drop a Soothe or Serenity CBD Bath Bomb Into the Tub

Depending on the essential oils you love most and what you’re trying to accomplish with your bath, you can chose between a Soothe and Serenity CBD Bath Bomb.

Both contain Broad Spectrum CBD, Epsom Salts, and powerful essential oils. Soothe was developed to help ease aches, pains, and skin irritations.

Serenity on the other hand was created to help promote relaxation and prime the body for restful sleep.

Both bath bombs are extremely nurturing and hydrating for your skin.

#3 – Pamper Your Face and Eyes with a Nutrient-Rich Masks

While soaking, you can up the pampering ante with a CBD Bio-Cellulose Face Mask or Eye Mask. The amazing thing about Bio-Cellulose Technology is that it drives plant-based nutrients deep into your skin to help hydrate, plump, and firm.

They key with face masks and eye masks is to keep them on for 15-20 minutes, but don’t be surprised if they relax you so much that you want to keep them on for longer.

#4 – Let Go for at Least 20-30 Minutes

Finally, it’s important that you give yourself permission to relax and completely let go. Don’t look at your cell phone (even consider leaving it out of the bathroom) and do everything you can to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Keep reminding yourself that you deserve relaxation!

How to Have an Indoor Picnic at Home

If you’re looking for a way to spice things up at home, an indoor picnic is a great idea. Of course, picnics are synonymous with the outdoors, but if you get a bit creative, you can make them an important part of your experience at home.

Whether it’s you and the family, you and your partner, or you’re wanting to pamper yourself (we strongly advocate for self-care!), you can make your at-home picnic an unforgettable and nurturing experience.

Here’s how you can go about it:

#1 – Select an Amazing Blanket or Creative Picnic Setup

One of the most important parts picnic is a blanket or a collection of pillows to sit on. Make sure you have some fun with your choice. The more inspired your setup, the more fun and inspiring the experience will become.

You can even up the ante and try something like this:

Whatever you do, have fun with it. Get creative and think out of the box.

Just remember that whatever you choose could be subject to having food spilled on it, so don’t select a blanket or pillows that can’t be replaced or washed.

#2 – Go the Extra Mile with Your Food Selection

Make a list of the foods that you may want to include. We love cheese platters, a couple fresh salads, olives, and a variety of finger foods. Whatever sets your soul on fire, make it a part of the fun.

#3 – Enjoy CBD Chocolates for Desert

To make the experience even more relaxing and enjoyable, think about adding in Blush Balance CBD Chocolates. They are a mix of delicious, relaxing, and nurturing for the mind and body.

Of course, if there are kids involved, you’ll want to add one or two other deserts into the mix.

#4 – Turn the TV Off and Get Innovative with Your Time

If you’re going to do this right, do everything you can to make it special. Dare to turn the TV off and replace it with beautiful music or even silence. Light some candles. Set the mood!

If you’re enjoying the moment with family, think of some fun discussion topics or games you can add into the mix. If you’re doing this solo, add a book into the equation, pull out a journal to write in, consider meditating, or pamper yourself with a CBD face mask and/or CBD eye masks.

Last Words…

You really can’t go wrong in your pursuit to creating an unforgettable and empowering at-home picnic. You may love it so much you’ll make it a regular part of your life.

Stuck-at-Home Tip #1: Wake Up Energized + Do Some Yoga

If you’ve found yourself waking up less than inspired, and even a bit drained during the coronavirus scare, don’t be too hard on yourself. These aren’t easy days and we all need a little more help finding energy and focus.

But thankfully, there are things you can do to jumpstart your mind and body. No matter how stressed or exhausted you are, it’s important that you dare to keep moving and take time to pamper yourself.

One of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to gain energy is using the power of Broad Spectrum CBD + Botanical Essential Oils for an all-natural boost. The beauty of essential oils is that their aroma alone can instantly make you feel more alert, focused, and happy. And then there’s CBD, which works to help balance the mind and body to decrease stress.

Here’s the Secret to Enjoying a CBD + Essential Oil Boost

We recommend using our AWAKEN Roll-On, a super powerful and inspiring blend of Broad Spectrum CBD,

Try Some Yoga

You may have started your day feeling like you don’t want to move. Stress can do that to you, but science has proven that once you get moving some pretty amazing things begin to happen.

We happen to love this routine and hope you may find it helpful:

The secret to your ability to find calm in this wild time and beyond is to establish a regular practices. The above video will help.

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