As someone who has suffered from shyness and social anxiety for as long as i can remember, this topic hits very close to home. The funny thing is, I have had a very successful career in sales and management. Although calm and collected on the outside, no one around me knew how physically painful it was to give major presentations both internally and to clients.
As an executive, you are expected to participate in “Networking” events. This was my personal hell! I would suffer through cold sweats before these networking nightmares would begin, which by the way, is supposed to be the fun-ish part of the job!! Ultimately it drove me to seek medical help, and of course, was prescribed a plethora of anxiety medication just to keep this façade going and fool everyone into thinking that I was such a badass.
Do you ever just stare in awe at your friends when you walk into a bar and wonder how they have the courage to talk about themselves to strangers? How about going to class and being afraid to raise your hand when you don’t understand the assignment? Even worse, getting picked to read your essay in front of the entire class!!!
We are hiding in plain sight and no one can see what is happening in our brains and the cold body sweats that we pray do not give us armpit stains. If you’ve ever suffered from social anxiety or anxiety in general, you know what I am talking about!
I discovered CBD in 2017 and it has changed my life. It took me a while with the help of my doctor to figure out how to slowly wean off my anti-depressants, and insomnia medication. But when I did, I felt free for the first time in my life. I knew that I could manage my anxiety with the right combination of CBD products. I never imagined that there could be such an easy natural way to just chill me out, allowing me to get out of my head and give me the confidence to finally live with no prescription anti-depressants. Anything is possible just look for answers and know that prescriptions aren’t always the best medicine.
A small 2010 study found that cannabidiol could reduce the symptoms of anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Brain scans of participants revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety. In this study, cannabidiol not only made participants feel better but also changed the way their brains responded to anxiety. A 2011 study also found that cannabidiol could reduce social anxiety. For that study, researchers looked specifically at cannabidiol to treat anxiety associated with public speaking.
I can only speak for myself and say that taking CBD has dramatically changed my life for the better. But remember, everyone’s makeup is unique and CBD interacts with each person’s body differently. It’s important to consult with your doctor and see what options are out there for you.
Of course, this is always the new year buzz, especially coming out of a year like 2020; chances are more bad habits have been made. Many of us got into new cycles that we’d like to break, change, or amend. Wine-to-wind-down more often than usual? Check. Netlfix on the couch more often than not? Yep, that too.