If there’s one thing that most cannabis users can agree on, it’s that cannabis allows your mind to wander into unknown realms of the imagination. You begin to think in different terms and can use this to your advantage.
This article originally appeared on Cannabis.net and has been reposted with permission.
Most people are looking for ways to better themselves. They go to the gym, they read books, they watch their diets — all with the purpose to advance their personal development.
For many years, cannabis has been thought to be detrimental to personal development by the establishment making claims that it “makes you slow” or “lazy” or “unmotivated”. However, while cannabis may produce these effects in some people, many others have discovered that marijuana can be a wonderful tool for self-development if used correctly.
In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at the different ways you can use cannabis to accelerate your personal development. Please note that the following are merely suggestions on how to use everyone’s favorite plant to push themselves beyond themselves. Stress Management Stress isn’t a bad thing, but bad stress is! What’s the difference between good stress and bad stress? From Summa Health:
Good stress is short-term and it inspires and motivates you, focuses your energy and enhances performance. Bad stress, however, is the kind that wears you out, leaves you jittery and is harmful to your health. Bad stress, or distress, can lead to anxiety, confusion, poor concentration and decreased performance.
In other words, proper stress management is a key aspect of personal development. When your mind is gripped by stress, whether you have an upcoming deadline, bills to pay, or even suffering from relational stress, cannabis can give you a moment of peace to reassess your relationship with the stress itself.
Many people use cannabis to unwind at the end of their days. This allows them to unplug from the activities of the day and gives them space to relax. However, it’s important to note that smoking at any sign of stress would be detrimental to your personal development.
You want to wield stress like a weapon, using it to move you forward and letting it go when it begins to stifle your progress. There’s a delicate balance between the two, but with enough practice, you’ll learn to work with stress and not let it work against you.
PRO TIP: Don’t smoke cannabis at the first sign of stress, rather, sit in the stress for as long as you can. Become mindful of it, and figure out how you can naturally convert it into “positive stress”. If the stress becomes too much to handle, spark up a joint. If it’s late at night, any strain that will induce a body high would be preferable and throughout the day, you’ll want to work with more cerebral strains. Finding Positivity in Negative Situations (Changing Self Talk) Being positive doesn’t mean ignoring the negatives. On the contrary, people who are actively looking to improve themselves are constantly looking at their shortcomings to see how they can improve their performance. However, the difference between looking at your shortcomings and falling prey to negativity comes in relation to the attitude you harbor.