If you’ve been following me for a while (or even longer than a few days)…you might be kind of surprised to see me doing a blog post on CBD. I am a Christian and post about my faith a lot and consider myself to be pretty conservative…and typically ‘conservative’ and CBD are not two words you typically find together! When I was doing my research on CBD products, I didn’t see a whole lot of “conservatives” chatting about it. It seems to be kind of a “hush” topic amongst believers and after doing my research…I’ve learned how helpful and natural CBD products can be and I WISHED people talked about it more! Today’s blog post is a pretty personal one – about my journey in struggling with sleep, anxiety, and stress. I want to be 100% real with you guys so you can learn how I found Equilibria, how it’s significantly helped me in so many different areas in life, and hopefully how it can help you too! I also want to be as informative as possible for you guys so I can hopefully shed some light on what CBD actually is vs what your preconceived ideas might think it is!
Sleep + Anxiety issues
Most of you guys know I have battled sleep issues for years and years now (probably since I was 20 years old). It’s the most frustrating struggle to have and I’ve seen doctors, tried all the medications out there, natural remedies + solutions…and overall, the struggle hasn’t gone away. I don’t have trouble falling asleep usually…but almost every night at 1:30am I wake up and cannot go back to sleep (or really struggle to go back to sleep). My mind just seems to be racing with things I need to do, stuff that needs to be done, not enough time in the day to do it, etc. Sometimes my body just wakes up at 2am even if I DON’T have a lot on my mind and I can’t go back to sleep!
In addition to my sleep issues…I’ve struggled with a little bit of anxiety over the last year or two. It’s nothing severe, but I tend to always battle this feeling of being overwhelmed and having too much to do. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and already feel behind, and it stresses me out. I noticed my anxiety got slightly worse after having Shiloh too, which I know can be normal in the ‘post partum’ stage. Over the last several years I’ve known people who are on anti-anxiety medication and I never really considered myself to be an ‘anxious’ person. My struggle is mostly circumstantial I guess: I always feel like I have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Then, that feeling leads to stress which affects my mood and relationships also affects my sleep issues…and it’s kind of a vicious cycle. If that makes sense.
How I heard about CBD + Discovered Equilibria
One of my good friends (whose opinion I really trust, especially when it comes to health and wellness) knew about my sleep issues and asked if I’d ever tried CBD at night to help with sleep. TBH I knew nothing about CBD other than “marijuana” so I instantly shut the idea down and didn’t really care to look into it. Anytime people talked about CBD, I always thought they were doing some type of drug lol. I just knew nothing but also wasn’t really interested.
Fast forward a few months and I was hearing more and more people talk about CBD and how it was helping them with sleep or with pain relief – people I know and trust! So I was starting to become more open to learning about it…when I got an e-mail one day from Equilibria! I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails from different CBD companies over the years that I never even opened…but I was interested in learning more about Equilibria because of their mission: they really are all about helping women find balance.
You guys know that one of my favorite things about blogging is introducing you to a product or to a brand that I truly think is LIFE-changing, and Equilibria has become one of those brands for me over the last 4 months. Before I get into HOW their product has actually changed my life…I want to talk about what makes Equilibria such an incredible company and why their product is outstanding.
Equilibria is a company for women, by women. “We understand that female bodies are different, from cyclical changes to the very real challenges of menopause and childbirth and everything in-between” and they know how to use CBD in a way that will help women find balance in all of these areas!
The other thing that sets Equilibria apart is the quality of their CBD. Equilibria’s CBD is fully traceable from their 1,100 acre partner farm in Colorado to your doorstep. (Their team was actually in CO last week and I got to meet with them in Boulder!). Their product has no fluff, no fillers, no middle-men. So you know you’re getting consistent and reliable quality!
Okay, but what actually is CBD?
If you’re like me…you might be wondering right now “what the heck are you talking about? What is this product that can help with sleep or anxiety or pain?!”. I am no expert in this field but will share a brief synopsis of what CBD is and how it can be beneficial for you! This is from the Equilibria website: “CBD is a natural ingredient found within industrial hemp flowers. It is clinically proven to impact mental and physical well-being, when taken properly and consistently. And yes, CBD is completely safe and legal in all 50 states. It is a powerful health agent, but there is no discernible impairment (no high!).” If you are interested in learning MORE details about CBD, Equilibria has a really helpful blog post about the 5 basics of CBD which you can read about here.
My personal experience with Equilibria
Okay, back to my own personal journey with CBD and my experience with Equilibria! Sorry I’m jumping around so much haha trying to share a lot of information with you guys in the most helpful way possible! So after I did my research about CBD and Equilibria (and also knew several women who spoke VERY highly of equilibria), I decided to give it a try. Specifically, I was wanting help with sleep, managing stress, and also soreness from marathon training. I got some of the product in the mail but to be honest, wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Something I LOVE about Equilibria is that they have a dosage specialist you can set up a call with in order to find the perfect dosage and routine for YOU! This specialist will make recommendations based on your lifestyle, your goals, and your needs to help the CBD be as effective as possible for YOU!
So I set up a call with a dosage specialist from Equilibria and I learned SO much – about CBD, about their company, and how CBD could potentially help with some of my issues I listed above! It was so helpful and really interesting. If any of you decide to try Equilibria after reading my post, definitely set up a call with a dosage specialist!
Anyway! Based off of my needs / goals, the dosage specialist recommended I take one soft gel in the morning, and one at night…and to use the daily drops “as needed” throughout the day. So, if I ever start to feel really stressed or overwhelmed, I’ll use the drops to help me sort of “calm down” and help me feel like “okay, I’ve got this”, if that makes sense. I honestly couldn’t tell a difference in my sleep for the first week or so (more on that in a second)…but I could actually tell a difference right away with the drops. The daily drops don’t make me feel “weird” (you cannot get ‘high’ from any of these products) and they don’t make me sleepy. The best way I can describe it is they give me a feeling of “it’s going to be okay. You’ve got this,” as odd as that may seem. They have been really helpful for me! I don’t take the drops everyday – only if I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious…or sometimes if I’m up at 2am and my mind is racing I will take them..and they have been very helpful for me!
The soft gels, like I said, I take morning and night everyday. I honestly couldn’t tell a difference with the soft gels until I’d consistently taken them for probably 2 weeks. After two weeks I noticed I just felt more…calm and “even”, if that makes sense. When certain situations would pop up that used to stress me out, I noticed I didn’t really feel as stressed. Overall, I just felt more calm and confident even…because of that “I’ve got this. This isn’t that big of a deal” mentality. I’m in a pretty crazy season of life right now – trying to get our current house sold, packing, moving back to Texas, building a house there, find a place to live in the interim, working, mom life, etc…and I can honestly say, I feel pretty calm about all of that. I’m not saying this sense of calm is 100% because of Equilibria, but I am saying I can tell a huge difference in how I am able to handle stress now vs how I reacted to stress 4 months ago (pre-Equilibria). My sleep has also significantly improved since I started consistently using Equilibria products!
In addition to the drops and the soft gels…Equilibria also has a relief cream that works WONDERS for any aches or pains, cramps, soreness etc! My right foot really hurt after the marathon and I put this cream on once or twice a day everyday and it relieved the pain within SECONDS. My shoulders also tend to be really tight so I’ll apply to neck / shoulders as needed, and again: almost instant relief.
Is it for you?
Equilibria / CBD products might not be for everyone and maybe you have zero interest in trying it out! But I wanted to share my journey with you guys today in case any of you out there ever find yourself struggling with anxiety or stress or feeling overwhelmed, or have issues sleeping…there are SO many incredible health benefits of CBD and Equilibria’s product is honestly the best out there. If you don’t know where to start, I recommend ordering the Brilliance Box subscription, and then setting up a phone call with their dosage specialist to figure out a routine that works for YOU! You can also order the Balance Box and add on the relief cream when needed. Worst case scenario…maybe you try it for a month or two and don’t notice a difference (which, I kind of doubt TBH!) but BEST case scenario…maybe you try it out and all of the sudden find that you are sleeping better, less stressed, and feel more balanced overall. You can always change or cancel subscription at any time, but it’s also worth noting that it can take 2-3 months to feel the maximum benefits. Definitely worth trying if you ask me AND you can get 15% off your first order with code laurenkaysims!
Again, I’m not an expert in this field but I’d love to answer any questions you guys have! Feel free to leave a comment below or leave a question in my comment box on IG stories and I’ll do my best to answer all of them. Thank you for reading and for letting me share my story with you!
As per FDA guidelines, Equilibria is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any ailments or disease. As always, consult with your physician before starting any new program that may interact with your current health plan.
This post was created in collaboration with Equilibria. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!