Does your eight hour work day feel like 40? Do you pull yourself out of bed every morning to get to work, whether you’re commuting or teleworking? When your day is over, are you so tired you can barely move? Then burnout can occur.
Burnout can affect you both emotionally and physically, leading to exhaustion, a lack of interest, and a feeling that you cannot be productive. The negative effects can affect any part of your daily life. If left untreated, burnout can lead to serious long-term conditions such as an increased likelihood of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, and depression.
Between the pandemic, mounting health concerns, job loss and the other stresses that life brings, many are looking for ways to protect their sanity and wellbeing.
Since this is a cannabis publication, the natural question is, “Can cannabis help?”
With all of the research on cannabis, many still disagree about the benefits of using either or both natural compounds, CBD (cannabidiol) or THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), to support mental health. Although both come from the same plant – Cannabis Sativa – CBD is not psychoactive, so you won’t get the highs you would expect from THC.
Hopefully, many researchers have found that cannabinoids, especially CBD, and terpenes (natural aromatics) can be combined to reduce certain triggers.
How does that actually help with burnout?
When your body is in a state of anxiety or stress due to burnout, your body may overproduce hormones such as cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone. By introducing CBD into your system, you may be able to help rebalance your levels.
CBD can help:
• Regulate your appetite
• Promote better sleep
• Reduce anxiety and discomfort
• Improve the focus
• Raise the mood
• Low blood pressure
• Reduce pain and inflammation
There are many ways to use CBD, including vaping, capsules, oils, foods and beverages, and topical creams. It’s also non-addictive and can be made with less than 0.3% hemp-based THC. Therefore, it is legal in all 50 states.
Remember that cannabis affects everyone differently, and the benefits and risks of using substances against burnout depend heavily on the person and the situation. Talk to a doctor about CBD and other ways to reduce stress.
The bottom line is there is no panacea for burnout, but you can learn how to manage it successfully.
Allison Hall holds a degree in technology and has been in the field for over 15 years. Her real love lies in website design, social media and marketing, freelance writing, and blogging.