It was Mental Health Awareness month in May, and while it’s great an entire calendar month is dedicated to shedding light on such a momentous and real world issue, it’s important we take the time necessary to check in with our mental state regularly.
Staying mentally healthy keeps every aspect of our lives centered – work, family life, and personal pursuits – and we’re here to tell you exactly how to keep your mental state happy, healthy and sharp so you can get the most out of life.
The Body’s Endocannabinoid System Has an Indefinite Impact on Mental Health
Before getting into how to stay on top of your mental health, it’s important to understand a crucial system in our body largely responsible for the varying thoughts, moods and behaviors we experience daily – The Endocannabinoid System.
The human body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is the regulatory system responsible for maintaining and promoting homeostasis, or balance, in the body. It has been regarded as one of the most important physiologic systems in the body as it works to promote and improve health in so many different areas including immune function, metabolism, mood, digestion and pain tolerance.
Because the ECS is responsible for promoting health and balance in the brain and body, it has a direct impact on one’s mental health. When regulated by cannabinoids – endocannabinoids produced by our bodies and cannabinoids found in full-spectrum hemp – the ECS brings balance and an enhanced state of wellness to the mind and body. A healthy Endocannabinoid System causes your mental health to be more stable, enabling you to think clearer and have the tools to handle whatever is causing your mental state to be off balance in the first place.
Mental Health Awareness
There is such a wide spectrum on the mental health scale, from the most extreme cases of mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, to more mild conditions like low and moderate anxiety.
While every disease and symptom regarding mental health deserves to be talked about, this post dives into the more common mental health conditions people experience daily, including anxiety, depression, addiction and eating disorders.
While the stigma attached to mental illness has significantly lifted, many people suffering from terrible symptoms of anxiety, depression and addiction are still afraid of seeking the treatment they need.
We’re here to tell you it is possible to feel better. It is possible to live the life you were meant to live free of everyday anxieties. Improving your quality of life truly is about making small, healthy changes and sticking to them, which is exactly what Zakah Life is determined to do in the realm of educating people on the benefits of full-spectrum hemp as it pertains to – and directly affects – the human body’s Endocannabinoid System.
Practicing a Positive Mindset
The self-care phenomenon had the population going crazy over the many ways in which they can better themselves. From the wellness movement including fitness, healthy eating and mindfulness, to meditation practices derived from Ayurveda and Reiki, society could not get enough of the positive spin that was placed upon an issue previously viewed as shameful.
And any form of self-care starts with getting in the right mindset to pursue the goals you have for yourself, whether that is taking time every morning reciting positive affirmations, reading more often, or disciplining yourself to be grateful of your life instead of complaining about it.
As the Endocannabinoid System acts as a literal bridge between our bodies and minds, feeding our body with healthy thoughts is essential to coming to that place of enhanced homeostasis.
Committing to Fitness
Staying mentally healthy is just as important as staying physically healthy. Excellent mental health is a by-product derived from excellent physical health due to those feel-good feelings, or endorphins, produced every time you exercise.
I’m sure you’ve heard of struggle-to-triumph stories of previous drug or alcohol addicts turning their life around by committing to a fitness-focused lifestyle. In a way, we are all addicts of something, whether it’s being addicted to exercise or addicted to alcohol. It’s a matter of channeling your addiction into something healthy, as all of those feelings of fixations are mental.
When the ECS is disrupted in this regard, functions in the body (like metabolism, digestion, memory and mood) can fall out of balance.
If you are having trouble sticking with a fitness routine, ask us how our products support physical health. Zakah Life knows how important staying physically fit is for both your mind and body, and provides safe, organic products made up of ingredients that go above and beyond traditional means of health and wellness.
Committing to Healthy Eating
Consuming the pure, organic full-spectrum hemp that is readily available in all ZL products can contribute to boosting the function of your ECS, resulting in operating under a more effective and high-functioning state of mind.
In saying that, great mental health stems from consuming healthy things. It isn’t a coincidence you feel tired, sluggish and foggy after eating junk food. And it’s no coincidence that you feel amazing, energized, and motivated after eating fresh, whole fruits and vegetables.
Touching a bit on common eating disorders in this respect, a lot of people aren’t fully aware that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are complex, psychological conditions. The thoughts someone with anorexia or bulimia has about themselves causes them to starve themselves or binge eat – it doesn’t always correlate with body image issues. Common eating disorders are the result of psychological issues caused typically by traumatic events in a person’s life, which can only be reversed when the person suffering from the disease seeks help to improve their mental state, which always goes back to improving and enhancing the ECS.
Studies have drawn to conclusion that the ECS may have the ability to provide the same positive physical and psychological effects as the hemp plant, as both are said to greatly aid in digestion, inflammation healing, neural development and disease prevention, among many others.
Zakah life knows that having a positive mindset and healthy lifestyle sets your life up for success, which is reflected in the products it creates which wholly support the mind, body and spirit.