self care

A little Self Care from Plantinum

We think that you will all agree that we are all living in a strange and anxious situation right now. The impact that the COVID19 pandemic is having, not only on our health, but our family life, work life, mental health and not forgetting our bank balance is truly massive. For the last 9 months, we have faced major restrictions in the way we live our lives’ generally – national lockdowns, controls on where we can go and the people we can see and the continual need to keep the vulnerable safe. So naturally, the impact of these pressures’ along with the continual uncertainty of life has caused us all feelings of anxiety and worry.  But remember it’s ok not to be ok right now and we are all in this together.

So, taking care of our mental health and general well-being is important, especially right now.

At Plantinum we have a dedicated range of Hemp products designed to help and aid with your emotional and general well-being, and all our products are food supplement classified, vegan friendly and offer 100% traceability from seed to product, offering the perfect peace of mind and confidence.

Why Hemp can help?

Hemp is the acronym for Cannabidiol, and it’s one of over 100 naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. Before we go any further, let’s be clear about one thing: Hemp will not make you high!

The psychoactive element of cannabis comes from a completely different compound known as THC. Because they’re derived from hemp rather than marijuana, hemp products contain less than 0.2% THC and therefore have no mind-altering effects. That also means it isn’t addictive.

Your body loves it

You may be new to Hemp, but our bodies certainly aren’t. That’s thanks to something known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which governs a process called ‘homeostasis’ – essentially, your body’s reaction to its environment, such as temperature.

The receptors present throughout the ECS are what enable endocannabinoids to do their job, helping to keep many of your body’s other systems in check – things as diverse as pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and even reproductive function.

Taking Hemp engages these receptors, which communicate with the rest of your body to fix any imbalances your ECS detects. That means that it can essentially read what your body needs and naturally help it to restore harmony.

So, at Plantinum, we’ve compiled a well-being guide including our dedicated Hemp product suggestions and showing the things we are doing as a team to give a little structure to our weeks.

 Always remember that doing small things like this can make a huge difference to all our mental health.

So, whatever the issue you may face generally here is Plantinums 5-point guide to well-being, health and a little self-care.

1. Let’s take stock of how you feel

Put time aside to examine your current situation and consider how you really feel, perhaps talking it through with someone you trust.

Acknowledging that the COVID19 outbreak is having an impact on you, maybe it’s affecting your stress levels, sleep patterns and making you anxious.

Try to be kind to yourself and get support with how you are feeling if you think you might need it.

2. Organise one thing at a time

Write down things you want to clear that week whether it’s a task, emotional issues, a job, work issue or family issues – focus on that one thing and most importantly stick to it.

Plantinum’s Hemp range can boost your mood and alleviate stress and anxiety, because it helps enhance the natural receptors in your brain, so a few drops of the Plantinum Hemp oils under your tongue can help.

Therefore, helping clear your headspace and work through the tasks.

3. Maintain a daily routine and quality sleep

Keep some form of daily order to your life and try to keep stress levels to a minimum by maintaining a healthy amount of sleep per night, and ensure your day starts in the right way – body and mind refreshed and energised. 

Sleep is the key to a healthy body and mind and more and more of us swear by hemp to help achieve the better night’s sleep.

Hemp’s sedative effects can not only help to induce sleep but can give that you a better quality of sleep that leaves you totally rested after you wake up. A few drops of Plantinum Hemp oil at the end of the day on the tongue or in your nightly drink well help relax the body and mind or add the Plantinum Hemp massage oil to your bath at the end of the day.

The Plantinum CBD Cooling balm and Chilli Hot Balm also provide great relief to aching and tense muscles at the end of the day. The cooling balms can also aid headaches and ease tension for headaches and migrains if gently applied to the temple areas. 

4. Get active and get outdoors

While we continue to practice physical distancing to keep each other safe, many of our usual stress-relief outlets like going to the gym or hanging out with friends are not available to us right now. Fortunately, we can still get outside and there are health benefits for us there.

Growing evidence shows that getting outside plays an important part in improving our mental and our physical health. Numerous studies suggest that outdoor exercise is associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement.

The outdoors can even offer a more rigorous workout than the gym. For example, we flex our ankles more when we run or walk on uneven ground than on a treadmill. Also, you can only run flat or uphill on a treadmill. Outside, downhill running, walking or hiking uses different muscles and can strengthen connective tissue and prevent injury.

Additionally, cycling, running and walking outdoors also tends to be more strenuous because of wind resistance, compared to a climate-controlled indoor environment.

And the extra motivation to get to the top of a hill or to reach that beautiful viewpoint, can also power you forward in ways a treadmill cannot – so embrace the outdoors in fact why not set a personal challenge for yourself – that 5k run for charity or schedule a cycle ride. And nothing is better than soothing those hard working and/or aching muscles then applying the Plantinum’s Cooling or Chilli Heat balm to aid and enhance muscle recovery for the next planned sessions.

5. Pamper time

Everybody needs a little pampering now and then, but especially when times are difficult.  So, let’s reward ourselves after ticking everything off a to-do list, or achieving a personal best at your daily run or walk, life’s too short not to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small. It’s all about treating your mind body and soul to a little TLC with a simple self-care routine.

Create a spa-like experience at home

Light a candle, load up the hot towels and enjoy the power a good soak in a warm bath with a few drops of Plantinum Hemp oil, it’s a sure way to unwind after a long day. You could even try upgrading after your bath by gently using the Plantinum Hemp massaging oils which can be applied directly to the skin or added to your body creams to help relax, soothe and give skin a glow.

Lay on the sofa and relax with a Cuppa

Pampering yourself can be a simple as relaxing on the sofa, popping on a boxset or listening to music whilst enjoying a good brew, or for a special Hemp-infused treat, try dropping a few droplets of the peppermint or citrus oils in cuppa, and then simply relax.

Meditate and find your inner peace

Simply turn off those bright lights and it’s time for some me-time meditation at home. Meditation is a great way to reduce stress, control anxiety and focus the breathing. Even a quick 5-minute session can help you restore calm and find inner peace.

While not all of these ideas will be for everyone, the most important thing is that you make time to pamper yourself and give your mind, body and soul the chance to unwind and restore. That way, you’ll be ready to take on anything.

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We truly hope you find our 5-point guide to well-being, health and a little self-care useful right now, but most importantly, remember, you are not alone, we are all in this together. Plus, if you need any help or advice about our range of Hemp based products please contact the Plantinum team today and remember our products are Vegan friendly and have food supplement classification with full product traceability and certificated to ensure peace of mind – all our products are designed for you by arguably the market leaders in hemp manufacture and product.