Unrelenting pressure at work can be more than frustrating; it can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. Find out how to combine relaxing activities with the right cannabis strain to prevent chronic stress and improve your quality of life.
Work-related stress will affect you at some point in your career, whether you’re a laid-back Type B personality or a typical Type A workaholic. If you’ve hit the point where you’re losing sleep worrying about your job or your stomach aches at the very thought of clocking in, it’s time to give your body a break from its stress response so you don’t develop symptoms of chronic stress. That’s where marijuana steps in.
STRESS IS OK, AS LONG AS IT’S NOT CHRONIC
A little bit of stress is good. We’ve all had days on the job where things went south in a big way. It’s rarely expected, you’re given little time to react, and the top brass always wants answers yesterday. An adrenaline rush is exactly what you need to push through and get the job done. This temporary stress reaction is a good thing because it allows us to maintain focus, meet crazy deadlines, or have an extra burst of physical strength just when we need it the most.
However, experiencing this type of pressure day in and day out, with no sense of control, can result in serious physical and mental ailments, especially if we never give our body a break.
Chronic stress has a huge impact on the endocrine system. This is the part of our body that releases adrenaline and other stress hormones. If this happens for a prolonged period of time without a break, an excessive amount of these hormones can build up and lead to mental health problems, high blood pressure, heart disease, muscle loss, and a damaged immune system.
Some studies show that chronic stress can also make us lose our telomeres faster. Telomeres are like end-caps on our chromosomes that hold our DNA inside. Their loss is thought to be what makes us age on a cellular level. Yes, that means chronic stress can kill you—literally.
MOST ACTIVITIES AIMED AT REDUCING STRESS HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON
They can all be enhanced, or strengthened, using cannabis!
Music is a well-known stress-reliever, but music and cannabis combined are even better. How does that work? The theory is that cannabis slows down our perception of time so that each note is cleaner, richer, and more enjoyable. There’s real science behind it. The brain areas associated with auditory and spatial processing light up more after using cannabis.
Prefer yoga or meditation? Cannabis can relax your body, improve your focus, and give you some perspective on life in general so you’re better able to let go of work-site worries. Love nothing more than a workout to keep your stress levels in check? Some strains of cannabis give you more get-up-and-go than a sugary energy drink—with no comedown.
Cannabis can also make food taste better, jokes funnier, hanging out with friends and family a little more fun, and help you sleep like a rock when you need it the most. Using cannabis to prevent chronic stress isn’t some new-age, hippie idea; it actually works.
RELAX WITH A STRAIN TO SUIT YOUR JOB ROLE
There are many different types of cannabis available today, and each has its own set of traits. You could even choose a strain based on what type of job you have.
CANNABIS STRAINS FOR OFFICE WORKERS
Working in an office sounds like a dream job to anyone who’s never done it before. But sitting behind a desk for hours on end can put a lot of stress on your body. The boss is always asking for something, your team always needs some help, the phone never stops ringing, and forget about answering all those emails. Let’s not even talk about being on call 24/7.
Chocolate Haze is a good choice for office workers. It’s a 95% sativa with clear-headed energy that’ll let you think on your feet and keep you going after a stressful day. Gelato 41 is another option. This is a new strain that’s become very popular due to its pleasant flavour and long-lasting burst of creativity. If you have a difficult project that’s got you stumped, Gelato 41 might contain the answer.
CANNABIS STRAINS FOR FIELD WORKERS
Whether you’re doing manual labour on a construction site, delivering packages, waiting tables, or scoring sales for your company, you’re on your feet all day long. By the end of your shift, every single part of your body can ache, but this type of work requires a lot of mental effort too. People are depending on you and demanding results at every turn. If you make a mistake, things can go very wrong, very quickly.
For field workers, a chill indica like Northern Lights works well. It’s strong enough to soothe any physical pain while taking the edge off your mental stress, but it won’t leave you feeling too fuzzy. If you need a little more kick, try Monster Zkittlez, but only after you clock out. This strain is very potent and should not be used around any type of machinery. It is, however, better than any sleeping pill.
CANNABIS STRAINS FOR WORKING FROM HOME
Working from home should be a piece of cake, right? Whether you’re a freelance worker or you telecommute, everyone wants a piece of your time. The people who pay you think you should always be at their disposal, the neighbours want you to take their packages since you’re home all day anyway, and the kids love to forget you actually have work to do. Are you a stay-at-home parent who doesn’t get paid for all your hard work? That’s the most stressful job of all.
For these situations, you need the power of a mixed hybrid that does it all, just like you. Original Bruce Banner is a highly sought-after strain due to its incredible potency. As long as you’re not driving around, it’s a great choice for both mental energy and physical relief. Just use this one in moderation until you’re sure how much you can handle. If you need something milder, give the Purple strain a try. The THC is lower, so it’s a milder choice that’s more appropriate for use during the day.
CANNABIS CAN HELP YOU UNWIND AND WON’T LEAVE YOU HUNGOVER
Many people choose to relax and unwind with alcohol, and that’s understandable. It’s legal almost everywhere, it’s readily available, and it’s socially acceptable. This might work in small doses, but a mid-week binge will leave you feeling much worse for the wear.
In addition to a nasty hangover, drinking too much alcohol can be dangerous. Binge drinkers account for about 44,000 alcohol-related deaths in the US each year. When people get drunk, they’re more likely to hurt themselves, a family member, or a complete stranger. If you drink and drive, you increase your chances of getting in an accident by 2,200% (That’s not a misprint).
On the other hand, cannabis doesn’t come with the same problems. The only after-effect will be a restful night’s sleep. No one’s ever suffered a fatal overdose from using cannabis. There have been little, if any, reports of people hurting anyone after they get high. We still can’t condone using any intoxicating substance while driving, but your chances of getting into an accident with cannabis in your system are much lower than if you were drinking.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to wake up the next day, or you have an important meeting scheduled, try a high-CBD strain like CBD Yummy. This type of weed is very low in THC, so you won’t feel much and you’ll have no side effects. However, it’ll take the edge off your stress and deliver additional health benefits from behind the scenes.
THE KEY IS FINDING WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Managing stress is crucial to living a happy, healthy life. By combining relaxing activities that you enjoy with a cannabis strain that matches your role at work, you can take a multifaceted approach to tackling stress at the end of a tough workday.
The key to making this work is finding the type of cannabis that meets your needs. Experiment with different strains and combinations until you find the perfect fit.
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