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Collective trauma is real. Here are five ways to cope with it.

You’re not imagining it.

Life over the past two years has brought us one massive global crisis after another. It’s been so hard that psychiatric experts have begun talking at length about the impact of collective stress – resulting largely from exposure to “cascading collective traumas” – on the general population. Worst of all, it’s unclear when this general sense of tension will finally dissipate. So even as we work to find solutions, we still have to find a way to live with it.

At Wana Wellness, we make awesome CBD gummies. We’re not doctors or therapists or sociologists. But we ARE a group of human beings who consider ourselves highly invested in the health and wellness of others. So, here are some of the things that have helped our own team members navigate the challenging reality we’re living in.

Limit News Consumption

It’s important to stay informed about current events, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours a day doom scrolling.

Consider giving yourself only 30 to 60 minutes a day for reading/listening to/watching the news. Beyond that, disengage. Turn off push notifications from news sites, ask your friends not to send you upsetting articles, and stay off social media on days when a major crisis has occurred.

The little spikes of dopamine or outrage the news delivers may be addictive, but they aren’t actually helping you to solve anything – and they’re likely actually harming your sense of balance and safety in the world.

Take Care of Your Body (and Brain)

We’ve heard the term “self care” so much over the past few years that it’s lost a lot of meaning. But we’re not talking about face masks and ice cream binges. We’re talking about eating fruits and veggies, frequently moving your body, keeping up with medical appointments, and getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night. In other words, self-care doesn’t just mean doing what makes you feel good in the immediate here and now. It means doing things that will make you feel good in the long term.

That includes taking care of your mental health. Therapy can be expensive, but there may be ways to access affordable care in your area. Alternatively, remote counseling apps like Talkspace and Sesh don’t require insurance and are typically less pricey than your average in-person session. Beyond that, taking time every day for some meditation, yoga, or “me time” of your choice can do wonders to keep the brain spiders at bay.

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Most importantly, if you or someone you know is actively considering self-harm or suicide, seek emergency medical attention or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

And speaking of mental health…

Pay Attention to Your Substance Consumption

We get it. When we were all quarantining, there wasn’t always much to do besides mix a cocktail or smoke some weed. And there’s nothing wrong with enjoying (legal, regulated) substances like alcohol and cannabis… the latter may even be an important part of your wellness routine.

But it’s worth considering how you feel after your substance consumption. Has your mood actually improved? How do you feel the next morning? Is it impacting your body in a negative way? Are you still able to comfortably enjoy a sober evening on your own? If your answer to any of those questions causes you concern, consider cutting back. There’s absolutely no shame in seeking out resources to help you do it.

Break Your Stress into Bite-Sized Chunks

It feels like every day brings a new crisis or tragedy that deserves our attention. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Does that mean you should shut down and do nothing? No. But it does mean it’s ok to compartmentalize.

One way to do that is to give yourself specific, actionable tasks. Decide which causes are the most important to you – because you can’t realistically have an impact on all of them. Then give yourself a few attainable action items. Make 5 calls a day to your representatives. Take a Saturday to canvas for a local political candidate or organization. Attend a protest. Designate a portion of your monthly budget to charitable donations. Most of all, remember that you are only one person. Change usually happens not when a single hero comes forward to save the world, but when a lot of “one persons” come together to do what they can.

We should note, there’s a difference between being generally anxious about the climate crisis and being anxious because you can’t afford to put gas in your car. If you are struggling to get your basic needs met at this time, we are so sorry… and it’s ok to focus on just you and those closest to you.

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Be Kind

The Washington Post recently reported on a widespread increase in “aggressive and often cruel” outbursts among the general populace, including threats against public officials, mistreatment of service workers, and just plain old bad behavior. People are tired of this constant uncertainty, their nerves are frazzled, and it’s causing them to lash out.

Turning the other cheek to this kind of behavior may sound cliché. And when someone is behaving in ways you find abhorrent, it can feel nearly impossible. The thing about other people, though, is that you can’t control what they do. You can only control how you respond to them.

The truth is, every single human being we encounter  – whether online or in the airport – is just that… a human being. Whether we agree with them or not, they have a complex interior life resulting from a lifetime of experiences we know nothing about. What does it cost us to give these folks the benefit of the doubt? What does it cost to meet their pain with compassion rather than retaliation? It might not change their mind… but it might help them to see the humanity inside of you.

Anyway, it’s worth a try, right? At the end of the day, we’re all in this together.


30-Minute Home Workouts (That Won’t Break the Bank)

As much as some of us hate to admit it, exercise is really important to your health. It builds strength and stamina, relieves stress, and releases all kinds of happy chemicals in your brain. Unfortunately, gym memberships can be expensive, and the process of getting there, suiting up, working out, and showering off can take more time than many people have to spare.

The good news is, there are actually plenty of ways to work out from the comfort of your own home… all in just 30 minutes.

Here are five of our favorite affordable ways to get your daily dose of exercise, no matter how busy life gets.

Fitness Blender

Run by married team Kelli and Daniel Segars, the Fitness Blender YouTube channel offers more than 600 free exercise videos, with plenty of options clocking in at 30 minutes or less. There are workouts for people of every fitness level and a range of different exercise styles, from basic cardio to kickboxing to Pilates and beyond. Each routine is incredibly varied with a simple progress bar on the side of the screen, making these videos ideal for people who get bored with doing the same old reps over and over.

If you’d like more structure, you can purchase Kelli and Daniel’s curated multi-day workout plans for a super affordable price. Otherwise, just hit that subscribe button and find what works for you!

Power Walking

Walking often gets overshadowed by its flashier cousin, running. But just because it might not leave you heaving for breath and drenched in sweat doesn’t mean walking isn’t a worthwhile workout. In fact, it’s exponentially easier on your joints and therefore accessible to a much wider range of ages, abilities, and fitness levels. To get the most out of a walk, advises the Mayo Clinic, do it at a brisk pace with your head up and facing forward, moving your arms as you go to keep the blood pumping. The quicker you stroll along, the more benefits you’ll see. Do it on a treadmill or take your walk outside for an extra mental health boost.

Insanity Max 30

If you really love a challenge… and you’re already in pretty good shape… Insanity Max 30 will definitely level up your at-home workouts. Led by the endlessly positive (and impressively jacked) Shaun T, these hyper-intense half-hour videos will push you to the edge of your physical capabilities. It’s not free – a year’s subscription costs around $100 – but it’s certainly more affordable than a $200 a month gym membership.

A major caveat: Insanity workouts are not for beginners or people with underlying health conditions… if you’re not careful, it’s easy to injure yourself doing these routines. There are also online communities of devotees who claim they don’t feel they’ve really worked out until they’re on the verge of passing out or throwing up. DO NOT listen to this thinking… if you’re about to barf, you’re exercising in a way that is dangerous and counterproductive. Insanity Max 30 is all about striving for your personal best. Always listen to your body, take breaks, and make any modifications you need.

Stationary Biking

Riding a bike is another simple, low-impact way to improve wellness. If your preference is to do this the old-fashioned way, on a bike that will actually transport you from one place to another, more power to you. But a stationary machine has the benefit of being impervious to bad weather and accessible even in locations where safe cycling routes are hard to find.

Now, if the first word that popped into your mind when you hit this section was “Peloton” and the second word was “expensive,” don’t worry. There are plenty of lower cost options out there, including this $150 Exerpeutic bike, which can be folded up and tucked away if your space is limited. This less expensive equipment doesn’t come with online video training, but you can find plenty of free high intensity interval routines to help you get the most out of your workout.

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Yoga with Adriene

The great thing about yoga is that you can tailor it to exactly what you need – whether that’s improving flexibility, toning muscles, or simply reducing tension after a long day. YouTube yogi Adriene Mishler has created a series of free at-home videos for all skill levels. Her “Yoga for Beginners” series is especially useful for its in-depth breakdowns of each stretch and position. She even organizes her videos by length, so you can quickly find a session that fits your schedule. Adriene’s soft, soothing voice is a relaxing cherry on top of the stress relief sundae.

Whatever at-home exercise you choose, make sure it’s something that leaves you feeling better than when you started. And when you’re done, always take some time for stretching and recovery… perhaps with a relaxing Wana Wellness CBD Gummie?


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Wana Wellness Coupon Codes? Who Needs ‘Em?

What’s better than a Wana Wellness coupon code? A monthly subscription, that’s what. 

 

When it comes to the products we use every day, we all love a good deal. That’s why “Wana Wellness Coupon Code” is one of the first results you’re likely to see when you Google us. 

It’s understandable! Coupons are an excellent way to try a new product or supplement you’re considering adding to your daily routine. 

But if you’re committed to taking a hemp gummie every day (and we think you should!), you’ll get a better deal if you subscribe.

So let’s break down the advantages of a Wana Wellness monthly subscription. After reading this blog, you’ll understand why you should join our subscribers who are saving money and supporting their daily wellness journeys with premium hemp gummies.

Wana Wellness Coupon Codes vs. Wana Wellness Subscriptions

What are the best Wana Wellness Coupon deals, and how do they compare with our subscriptions?

Because we wana (see what we did there?) make it easier for the hemp curious to try our products, Wana Wellness frequently offers coupon codes.

Every person completing their first order of Wana Wellness gummies gets a 20% discount. We also frequently distribute Wana Wellness Coupon codes for new products we’re excited to share. 

But when you become a monthly subscriber, you get a consistent discount that’s hard to beat. Plus, a subscription makes it easier to stay on top of your wellness goals – you’ll never worry about running out of our high-quality hemp gummies.

Taking a daily hemp gummie has a host of wellness benefits (we’ll get to that later), and when you subscribe, we’ll ship a monthly supply of your favorite gummies, so you’ll never run out. And here’s the best part: you’ll save money (subscribers unlock free shipping and a regular discount – more on that below).  

A Monthly Wana Wellness Subscription Saves You Money 

A Wana Wellness monthly subscription makes sticking to your wellness program easy. It also helps you save money. 

Sure, our coupon codes help you save on that first order, but once you’ve found your new favorite gummie, our monthly subscription is the way to go. You’ll save 20% off every month, and if you do the math, you’ll soon realize that makes every sixth bottle virtually free! 

Plus, your subscription comes with guaranteed free shipping; it’s the most reliable and hassle-free way to save money while you keep up with your wellness goals.

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Why Take Hemp Gummies Daily?

By now, you understand that our monthly subscriptions save you money and make it easy to stay on top of your wellness goals, but why take hemp gummies in the first place? 

Hemp gummies interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates everything from sleep to skin health (and much more). A daily hemp supplement helps your ECS:

  • Regulate and improve sleep quality
  • Support a more balanced, consistent mood 
  • Encourage a healthy appetite and digestion
  • Strengthen mental acuity
  • Support overall health and bodily function

Research into the potential benefits of hemp supplements is ongoing, so we expect to learn even more soon! Still, we know our hemp gummies are an invaluable wellness tool based on current research.

Not Ready to Take the Subscription Plunge?

On the fence? Maybe you’re still looking for the perfect Wana Wellness gummie flavor. Or perhaps you’re a free spirit who can’t be tied down – even if it saves you some dough! 

Whatever the case, we’ll be here whether or not you choose to join our monthly subscription service. 

Get on our insider email list for Wana Wellness Coupon Codes delivered straight to your inbox. And don’t worry—you can always come back later to subscribe and save.


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6 Unexpectedly Healthy Recipes


Healthy food gets a bad rap. From kids refusing to finish their broccoli to adults pretending lettuce is an acceptable substitute for a hamburger bun, people all over the world are laboring under the false impression that your meals can’t both TASTE good and BE good for you.  

Well, at Wana Wellness – where making delicious, wellness-enhancing CBD gummies is our raison d’être – we reject that premise. And to prove our point, here are six easy recipes that taste just as good as they’ll make you feel.


One-Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp and Asparagus

Pescatarian | Gluten-Free 

This 15-minute recipe from the food blog “Carlsbad Cravings” is the perfect weekday alternative to greasy takeout. Garlic, lemon juice, pepper flakes, and a little bit of butter (everything in moderation, right?) come together to make the perfect citrusy, savory, slightly spicy sauce for your oven-baked, nutrient-loaded shrimp. Simple roasted asparagus – prepared using the same pan, mind you – delivers loads of potassium, folate, and Vitamins C, A, and K… plus a satisfying crunch to complement the main course. Serve with brown or wild rice for a filling dose of your daily fiber.

Crispy Mongolian Tofu

Vegan | Gluten-Free 

Taiwanese chef George Lee (better known as @chez.jorge on Instagram) is an amazing source for all kinds of vegan recipes, but his Crispy Mongolian Tofu is definitely a runaway hit. He instructs you to toss hand-torn tofu in corn starch before pan frying it in a thin layer of neutral oil.* The resulting nuggets of perfectly crispy, golden-brown protein are then coated in a sticky sweet-and-spicy sauce that puts General Tso to shame (we also like to add sauteed broccoli to the mix for some extra greenery). If you normally have a textural aversion to tofu, this is the meal to convert you. 

*If the pan-frying method strays a too far from your healthy eating goals, you might try popping the tofu into an air fryer. 

Hasselback Chicken with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Gluten-Free 

We know cheese is not on everyone’s list of healthy ingredients. But a little bit goes a long way when it comes to dressing up an otherwise dreary skinless chicken breast. This six-ingredient recipe from Susan Randall’s “Simple Healthy Kitchen” involves stuffing slits in the meat with a scrumptious mix of goat cheese, fresh spinach and red pepper flakes, then topping with shredded mozz and baking for 25 minutes. Serve with more veggies or a starch of your choice on the side… oven-baked sweet potato fries might be a good option, especially if you’ve got spinach-resistant little ones to feed. 

Chana Masala (aka Indian Chickpea Curry)

Vegan | Gluten-Free 

On her popular website “Tea for Turmeric,” food blogger Izzah Cheema makes authentic South Asian dishes easy and accessible. Made with pantry staples like canned chickpeas, her vegan Chana Masala recipe derives its flavor from fragrant herbs and spices rather than less healthy ingredients high in fat or sodium. We recommend reading through the whole blog post, because Izzah offers lots of tips and tricks for how to make this meal taste restaurant-quality authentic. 

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with Butternut Squash and Cranberries

Gluten-Free 

This autumnal casserole from Erin Clarke’s “Well Plated” blog is ideal for feeding a big family on a chilly evening. The savory chicken and wild rice contrasts perfectly with the sweetness of the butternut squash and dried cranberries (look for the ones with reduced sugar for bonus health points). Top it off with an unexpected sprinkling of fresh parmesan and you’ve got a delightful medley of textures that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy from the inside out. 

Baked Parmesan Salmon

Pescatarian  

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is famous for lowering your risk of heart disease and strengthening your cognitive function. Food stylist Judy Kim of “delish” has devised a wildly easy way to make this amazing brain food equally appealing to our mouths and stomachs. This super simple dish involves coating a fresh cut of fish in a mixture of breadcrumbs, grated parm, garlic, and parsley, then baking it for 20 minutes. That’s it. That’s the recipe. And it’s GREAT. Serve with a fresh squeeze of lemon, a side of wild rice, and your favorite veggie. 


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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System


Cold-and-Flu Season is upon us – and with it, a hyper-contagious new variant of the COVID-19 virus. Now more than ever, all our immune systems could use a boost! 

Before you ask, we’d never claim that CBD alone can prevent an infection like COVID or influenza. At Wana Wellness, we want our gummies to be only one part of a 360 approach to your health. So in that spirit, here are five of the most important things you can do to keep your immune system in prime fighting condition. 


1. Catch some Zs.

We’ve written extensively about the signs of sleep deprivation and the potential nighttime benefits of CBD. That’s because quality sleep is one of THE most important things you can do for your health. 

According to Dr. Eric J. Olson, writing for the Mayo Clinic, “Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep… are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold.” And that doesn’t even cover the long-term effects of sleep deprivation, which can include increased risk of diabetes and heart disease! 

Set yourself up for a restorative 7-8 hours a night by practicing good sleep hygiene, which can include consistent bedtimes, cutting down on evening screentime, and even boosting your body’s natural sleep cycles with soothing Wana Wellness CBD Gummies. Because it turns out, the best place to battle germs is in your dreams. 

 

2. Stay stress-free.

Piece of cake, right? You’re probably only trying to balance work, friends, family, and self-care in the midst of a global pandemic… what have you got to be stressed about?

Sarcasm aside, too much stress can seriously sabotage your health. Not only is it a leading cause of wellness-depleting insomnia, but it can negatively impact your immune system big time, according to the American Psychological Association. 

Stop thinking of relaxation as an indulgence and start thinking of it as a crucial part of keeping yourself healthy – whether that means daily meditation, carving out some me-time, or simply soothing your frazzled soul with quality CBD.

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3. Eat clean.

Sometimes stress-relief can look like eating an entire chocolate cake in one sitting… but before you indulge, consider the impact your diet could be having on your immune system. 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the kinds of trans fats and saturated fats you find in baked goods, whole dairy, and lard can cause inflammation that weakens immunity. The Omega-3 fats found in certain fish and nuts, on the other hand, have the opposite, anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting effect. The University of Colorado Health Network also suggests giving your body a boost with the kinds of nutrients found in fresh, whole foods like greens, grains, and even garlic! 

4. Try natural supplements (as long as your doctor approves).

As mentioned above, CBD can be a helpful tool in enhancing sleep or reducing stress – both of which are net positives for your immune health. CBD also stimulates the body’s CB2 receptors, which control inflammation – a key component in regulating the immune system. But there isn’t enough scientific research to speak definitively on how or how much CBD affects the symptoms of infection.

Still, there are plenty of other natural supplements you can take to give your immune system a boost. These include echinacea, zinc, and Vitamins C and E – though the Cleveland Clinic recommends getting these last two through fresh food rather than supplements when possible.

That said, before you add any supplement to your wellness routine – including CBD – you should always consult with your doctor about whether it’s safe for you. And over-the-counter supplements are certainly no substitute for medicine prescribed by a physician.  

Which leads us to our final and most important tip…

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5. Consider getting vaccinated.

If you have some trepidation around vaccination – particularly against COVID – we’re not judging you. There’s a lot of information (and misinformation) out there, and we’re all just trying to keep ourselves safe.

That said, every major healthcare authority – including the CDC, the World Health Organization, and the American Medical Association – has endorsed distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, with ABC News reporting that as of October 2021, “unvaccinated individuals had a 10 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 and a 20 times greater risk of dying from it, as compared to fully vaccinated individuals with a booster.” 

So if you’re on the fence about whether to get a COVID or flu shot this year, please consider what the experts have to say before you dismiss the idea.

With those tips in mind, the only thing left to do is wish you all a joyful and healthy 2022. Be well, everybody. 


2022

5 Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution


A brand new year is fast approaching. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, people all over the world will resolve to become healthier versions of themselves. 

At Wana Wellness, we love seeing people working to enhance their lives. But we also know that a failed Resolution can feel like a big, disheartening setback in your wellness journey. So, we’ve put together a list of five tips to help your New Year’s Resolution succeed… and some of them might surprise you! 


1. Resolve to do something you’ll enjoy. 

Most people think of Resolutions as things we should do, not things we want to do. But not every New Year’s Resolution has to feel like a chore. In fact, you’re more likely to succeed if you can find a way to enjoy the change in your routine.  

For example, if you hate running, don’t try to start a daily jogging regimen just because it seems healthy. Instead, find a form of exercise you actually enjoy, like joining a soccer team or a climbing gym. If you’re resolving to eat healthier, consider taking a cooking class or splurging on a meal kit service rather than forcing yourself to eat the same boring kale salad each night (no disrespect to the kale lovers out there). And of course, if you’ve resolved to add CBD to your daily routine, make sure you choose a delicious and effective product like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies.  

 

2. Aim high, but be willing to adjust. 

 In his seminal book on workplace productivity, “Measure What Matters,” venture capitalist John Doerr encourages readers to shoot for big, sometimes even daunting goals… as long as they are prepared to accept and learn from any short-falls. 

“At Google… aspirational [goals] are set at 60 to 70% attainment,” Doerr writes, by way of example. “In other words, performance is expected to fall short at least 30% of the time. And that’s considered a success!” 

The same principle can be applied to your New Year’s Resolution. For instance, say you resolve to do an hour of yoga every morning before work. If you attain that goal, you’ll feel amazing! But even if you wind up adjusting to 30 minutes three times a week, you’re still going to become a lot more centered (and more flexible!) than when you started. We’d certainly call that success. 

When it comes to Resolutions, there’s no reason not to shoot for the moon – in fact, the more ambitious the goal, the more amazing the potential results – as long as you can still be proud if you land in the stars. 

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3. Think in terms of priorities, not additions.

There are only so many hours in the day, and most of us have already filled them. It’s not fair – or even realistic – to expect yourself to fit one more to-do into an already jam-packed schedule. So if your resolution is something potentially time-consuming, like reading more, try framing it this way: 

“I’m going to make reading a priority this year.” 

Since you can’t magically add extra hours onto every day, this prioritization likely means something else will have to shift to make room. Maybe you cut down on TV time. Maybe you trade music for audiobooks on your morning commute. Maybe you delete social media apps from your phone and replace your doom-scrolling with page-turning! 

Whatever you decide, one thing’s for sure: you can’t do it all, so take this opportunity to consider what wellness goals are most important to you.

4. Write it down. 

This one may seem eye-rollingly simple, but we swear it works… at least according to neuroscientists. 

“People who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals,” writes researcher Mark Murphy in a 2018 Forbes article. 

That’s because the act of writing forces you to process and “reprocess” ideas, “sear[ing] them into your brain.” Remember your school days, when sometimes making the notecards to prepare for a test was more helpful than actually studying them? It works that way with goal-setting too! 

For extra oomph, write the goal down and display it prominently in your home or office… let it serve as a daily reminder of what you know you can achieve. 

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5. Forgive yourself when you mess up. 

Ever hear the expression, “The perfect is the enemy of the good?” In our success-driven society, anything less than perfection can seem like abject failure. While there’s nothing wrong with having high expectations for yourself (see Tip 2), all-or-nothing thinking is a surefire path to abandoned Resolutions and low self-esteem. 

Say your goal is to write in your journal every day. Now say life gets busy, as it always does, and you skip the journaling a few days in a row – maybe even for a week or two. It might be tempting at this point to say, “I’m such a slacker. I’ve already screwed this up, so what’s the point in even continuing?” But what good does that do anyone? 

Instead, forgive yourself for slipping up (i.e. being human) and try again the next day. Miss a few days the following week? That’s ok, the journal isn’t going anywhere. By next January, wouldn’t you rather have a year’s worth of semi-regular entries than a few meticulously recorded pages and then nothing?  By allowing yourself occasional lapses – striving for the good instead of the perfect – you’re setting yourself up for meaningful, attainable success. 

Come to think of it, maybe we should all set one non-negotiable Resolution for the New Year: Be kind to yourself. There’s no better way to enhance your life. 


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The 10 Best Movies to Help You Unwind


We’ve all been there. You’ve had a long, tough day. You’ve slipped into your PJs and taken a calming Wana Wellness CBD Gummie. Now you’re surfing Netflix, looking for something soothing to throw on the TV – a little cinematic escape to give your tired brain a break. 

At Wana Wellness, we consider ourselves experts on relaxation… and as such, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to curate 10 of the best comfort movies for those moments when even fictional stress feels like too much. 


1. The Wizard of Oz

This is a sentimental stress reliever for the whole family. Familiar songs, classic characters… and even in a world of high-budget CGI effects, nothing quite compares to the magic of Dorothy’s glorious Technicolor arrival in Munchkinland.

the yellow brick road leading to the emerald city

2. Sense and Sensibility

Ang Lee’s scenic adaptation of the Jane Austen novel is not without dramatic stakes. Will the impoverished Dashwood sisters ever find love in patriarchal Regency society??? But the movie’s gorgeous period costumes, lilting British accents, and sweetly romantic ending are sure to transport you away from the anxieties of the here and now.

3. The Original Star Wars Trilogy

This won’t be for everyone, but if you grew up watching (and re-watching) Luke Skywalker’s iconic space adventures, there is something endlessly comforting about once again immersing yourself in a galaxy far, far away. Not a “Star Wars” fan? Sub in “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” or the beloved mega-franchise of your choice. Oh, and may the Force be with you.

C3PO

4. Beauty and the Beast

Your mileage may vary as far as which animated Disney movie gives you the most warm and fuzzies, but it’s hard to top the enchantment offered by a dining room full of singing cutlery. Be our guest, and take a quick return trip to your childhood.

5. Die Hard

How can a movie this full of explosions be relaxing, you ask? Because “Diehard” is the most emotionally satisfying action movie ever made, that’s whyIf your style is more shoot-em-up stunts than musical romance, this fast-paced flick about a down-and-out hero who takes on a gang of elite international criminals will definitely make your worries fade away.

Bruce Willis as John McClane

6. Notting Hill

Why are British accents so dang soothing? Or is it just Hugh Grant’s stammering charm that helps bring our shoulders down from around our ears? Either way, it’s hard to find a romcom more mindlessly delightful than this quirky classic about the unexpected romance between a famous film star and an average Joe.

7. Some Like It Hot

It’s been more than 60 years, and Billy Wilder’s 1959 gender bender is still the gold standard for screwball comedy. Has our understanding of gender and sexuality become more nuanced in the intervening years? Of course. Is “Some Like It Hot” still a deeply endearing, laugh-out-loud riot? You bet your bloomers, it is.

old poster for some like it hot

8. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Break free from your own glass case of emotion with this mindless comedy classic. We can’t guarantee that every off-the-wall joke in 2004’s “Anchorman” holds up, but it offers more than enough gems to keep you laughing from start to finish.

9. Amélie

This whimsical French romance may be the height of soothing cinema. From its lyrical piano score to leading lady Audrey Tautout’s mischievous smile, “Amélie” reminds its viewers to appreciate the beauty in simple, everyday things. And honestly, what’s more comforting than that? 

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10. The Princess Bride

Is there a person on earth who doesn’t love “The Princess Bride?” Daring sword fights, passionate romance, rodents of unusual size… this cherished love story/adventure/comedy will never fail to bring you an hour and thirty-eight minutes of pure, unadulterated joy.


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The Wana Wellness Holiday Gift Guide


‘Tis the season for kindness, joy, and a whole lot of STRESS. While it’s totally fine – necessary, even – to take a break and indulge a little this time of year, it’s important not to neglect the things that keep us feeling our best: quality sleep, nourishing food, gentle exercise, and regular relaxation.

So, we put together a gift guide, specifically tailored to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness. In no particular order, here are 10 affordable gift items to help you and your loved ones have a happy, healthy holiday season!


1. Premium Wana Wellness CBD Gummies.

It’s perfectly legal to ship Wana Wellness products anywhere in the United States – so you can send the gift of calm even to your far-away loved ones! Infused with broad-spectrum hemp oil containing naturally occurring CBD, our fruit-flavored hemp gummies are vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and sweetened with organic ingredients (rather than high-fructose corn syrup), making them a tasty and convenient addition to almost any wellness regimen

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2. A Headspace Subscription.

There are lots of guided meditation platforms out there, but our top pick is definitely the Headspace app. It offers simple, un-intimidating courses for beginners as well as more experienced meditators, and even targeted meditations to help with sleep or acute anxiety. Plus, you can customize the length of your sessions to fit any routine.

3. A Yoga Class.

Help your loved one take their mindfulness to the next level by treating them to a mind-and-body yoga class, in person or online. We especially recommend a digital session with Wana sponsored athlete Martha Triantafillides, whose frequently guides her centering yoga practices from scenic Greece. 

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4. A Stationary Bike. 

Know someone who likes to stay fit (while staying warm) during the winter months? There’s plenty of luxury exercise equipment out therebut we like this very basic choice from Exerpeutic. Its wheeled base and fold-away structure make it great for small spaces like apartments, and it offers a truly quality workout at a super-affordable price.

5. Massage Gun.

workout is only as good as the recovery period afterwards – and CBD, as much as we love it, will only take you so farOffering deep tissue treatments from the comfort of home, massage guns are all the rage with fitness enthusiasts this yearAnd they range in price from $40 to $400, so there’s an option for every budget!

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6. A Weighted Blanket.

This is one trendy self-care item we don’t foresee going anywhere. Not only are weighted blankets perfect for staying warm on cold winter nights, but some studies suggest the all-body pressure they provide can help relieve anxiety. They come in all different shapes, sizes and prices, but we recommend choosing one with a removable cover for easy washing. 

7. An Ergonomic Sleep Mask. 

If you know someone who needs total darkness to feel rested, these structured convex sleep masks can be a gamechanger. They might make you look kind of like an alien, but they keep pressure off your eyeballs, which is both more comfortable and less disruptive to your body’s REM cycles.

8. Microwavable Slippers.

There’s nothing more relaxing than curling up on a cold winter’s night with a heating pad… except maybe curling up with heated slippersYour lucky gift getter can heat these reusable inserts in the microwave, slide them into their house shoes, and say goodbye to icy feet.

9. A Cookbook.

For the home chefs in your life, a new cookbook can open up hours of relaxing kitchen time – not to mention an opportunity to revitalize repetitive menus. We’re currently obsessed with Molly Baz’s funky, accessible Cook This Book, which is great for beginners and foodies alike. But the internet abounds with options tailored to every diet and skill level, so do a little research and customize your cookbook!

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10. A Massage Gift Card.

This one will require a little extra effort on your part – researching the massage parlorin your area, calling the office for their gift card policy, etc. – but gifting a professional massage is a surefire way to show someone you careWorried about the price tag? Most massage therapists offer sessions starting at just 30 minutes… so you’ll be surprised how affordable a little luxury can be!


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How to Safely Buy CBD Online

The CBD industry is booming. And with entrepreneurs of all stripes trying to snag a piece of the pie, it can be hard to know whether any given product is worthwhile, or even safe… especially if you’re ordering through an e-commerce website.

So how do you know if the ad you just got served is for snake oil or a truly quality CBD remedy? Thankfully, all it takes is a little due diligence on your part. Here are four simple tips for safely buying CBD online.

1. Make sure the website is legit.

A company’s website is essentially a digital storefront… and you wouldn’t walk into a wellness shop with dirty windows, would you? If the site looks shady – that is, poorly designed, riddled with spelling errors, or making outrageous claims like “CBD can cure cancer” – it’s not a great sign that the company handles their products with much care either.

Of course, some worthwhile CBD start-ups don’t have the funds for a super slick online presence, so you can’t always judge based on digital appearance alone. Security, however, is another story. Make sure to click the little padlock icon in your browser, which will usually tell you whether a website has been deemed secure. Additionally, safe web addresses always begin with the letters, “https.” That “s” stands for “secure,” so if it isn’t there, this isn’t a site you should trust with your credit card number.

https://wanawellness.com in the Internet search bar
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2. Read the reviews.

Ok, let’s say that this company’s website has passed the smell test, and you’re pretty sure you’re not about to get your identity stolen. You still want to make sure the product they’re pedaling is worth your hard-earned money. The simplest metric for this is the same as it is with any other online purchase: read the reviews. 

Most legit companies, those who have lots of positive customer reviews, will proudly place them front and center on their website. That said, good reviews can be cherry-picked or even faked. To really test the waters, try googling the name of the company or product along with the word “review.” Ideally, you’ll find write-ups and testimonials from third party sources, like this one or this one for Wana Wellness hemp products. The more different people who can vouch for a product’s quality, the less likely you are to be disappointed. 

3. Consider the ingredients.

To be fair, it can take time to generate positive buzz. So what if the product you’re researching is just new on the scene and hasn’t had time to make a splash? You can still get a sense of how well it’s made by looking closely at its ingredients. 

We’ve written pretty extensively about what makes for quality CBD (and how to make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase). But the two most important things to look for are: (1) vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar recipes, and (2) broad-spectrum hemp oil. 

That first rule is simple. If you’re using CBD as a wellness tool, why would you want a gummie or tincture loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, or chewy animal-derived gelatin? Wana Wellness gummies are made with fruit-based pectin, and only two grams of organic sugar per serving … and we think all CBD companies should be held to the same standard. 

Additionally, you want a product infused with broad-spectrum hemp oil because it includes not only naturally occurring CBD, but other wellness-promoting plant compounds found in the hemp plant. Unlike CBD isolate, the compounds in broad-spectrum oil work together within your body to bring you all the natural benefits hemp has to offer. But broad-spectrum hemp oil should not be confused with “full-spectrum” oil, which can legally contain up to .3% THC and therefore runs a small chance of making you feel high. 

One final thing you might consider is whether the product contains any other natural ingredients, such as herbal supplements or melatonin, which can help you achieve specific results like rest or relaxation or better sleep. There are lots of possibilities, so don’t be afraid to really dig into that ingredient label! 

Fruit coming out of 4 flavors of Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies
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4. Look for lab testing.

The last and most reliable indicator of quality is what the scientists have to say! While we are still in the very early days of CBD research, reputable companies will send their products out for third-party lab testing to guarantee potency, purity, and consistency… and will publish the results for you to see. Wana Wellness, for example, provides an individual batch number on each package, which you can then plug into the website to view the test results yourself. For true peace of mind, look for a similar option with every CBD product you buy. 

All in all, online purchasing is a fast, convenient way to get your hands on CBD products that might not otherwise be available to you. And as long as you follow the four tips above, there’s no reason you can’t fill up that virtual shopping cart with confidence!


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5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep (And 5 Ways to Fix It)

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the simplest and most crucial things we can do for our health. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, a third of American adults are struggling to get the recommended 7 hours per night. 

Our friends at Athletes for CARE, a non-profit advocating for the health and safety of all kinds of athletes, asked us to help spread awareness about this alarmingly widespread problem. So here are 5 signs you’re one of those unlucky sleep-deprived citizens — and 5 things you can do to get some more shut-eye. (Spoiler alert: taking CBD is one of them.)

Warning Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep: 

  1. You need an alarm clock to wake up.
    It’s tough to find a hard-working American who doesn’t set their alarm before bed each night. But it turns out, alarm clocks are best used as a back-up method to your body’s own internal rhythms. If yours is ripping you out of a peaceful slumber every morning, reports the University of California Medical Center at Irvine, that means your body just isn’t ready to be awake yet.
     
  2. You’re frequently in a bad mood.
    What’s the sleep-deprived equivalent of hangry? Zzzzangry? Sleepvil? Whatever you call it, we all know that being overly tired can make us quicker to snap, cry, or feel burned out. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard, better sleep means a brighter day!
     
  3. You’re having trouble focusing.
    There’s a reason 20% of car accidents are caused by sleep deprived drivers. When you’re not getting enough shut-eye, your brain gets foggy and your response times dulled – which can lead to memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and reduced performance at work. The next time you’re feeling spacey or distracted, consider whether a bad night’s sleep is to blame.
     
  4. You’re craving unhealthy food.
    The CDC has linked poor sleep to a host of health problems , including obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Maybe that’s because a sleep-deprived body is believed to produce less of the appetite-suppressing hormones ghrelin and leptin, according to the Mayo Clinic. That makes us more inclined to snack, while feeling exhausted may make us less inclined to exercise.  So as counterintuitive as it may seem, sleeping soundly is just as important to your fitness routine as consistent exercise!
     
  5. You get sick a lot.
    Ever find yourself coming down with a bug during a really stressful or inconvenient time, like just as you’re trying to cram for a big presentation at work or move all your belongings from one house to another? That’s no coincidence. Consistent, quality sleep is essential to a well-functioning immune system, according to the Sleep Foundation (and virtually any doctor you care to ask). Neglecting your nighttime routine can put you at increased risk of both short and long-term illness.

Solutions For Getting a Full Night’s Sleep: 

  1. Go to bed at the same time each night.
    2017 study conducted by Brigam and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that going to sleep at the same time every night is just as important as the number of hours you snooze! While it can be challenging given the busy lives many of us lead, making regular bedtime a priority goes a long way toward improving your health, mood, and energy levels.
     
  2. Try a natural sleep remedy, like CBD or melatonin.
    One challenge people often face when it comes to keeping consistent sleep and wake times is that they just don’t feel sleepy when it’s time to go to bed at night. Maybe they’re physically restless, or they can’t mentally unwind after a stressful day. Here’s where a gentle, plant-derived sleep aid can come in. We’ve written before about the sleep-promoting benefits of premium CBD products like Wana Wellness hemp gummies and tinctures. 
     
  3. Cut down on screentime before bed. 
    You’ve probably heard this one before. And most of us are so addicted to our phones, we don’t like to admit it works. But the Cleveland Clinic reports that engaging with texts or social media before bed may keep your brain too stimulated to sleep — and the blue light from your phone, tablet, and TV screens can actually deplete the sleep hormone melatonin!  Unplug at least an hour before you hit the hay. If you need an activity to unwind, try listening to the radio or reacquainting yourself with a good old ink-and-paper book instead.
     
  4. Create optimal sleep conditions.
    Who can sleep well in a noisy, bright, chaotic, or otherwise uncomfortable environment? Treat your bedroom like the sanctuary it is so that you can feel safe and calm as you drift into dreamland. Partner likes to stay up with a reading light on? Try a dark sleep mask. Noisy neighbors keeping you awake? Invest in some soft earplugs or a white noise machine. And be sure to keep your room cool! According to the Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for sleep is somewhere around 65 degrees Fahrenheit
     
  5. Talk to your doctor.
    While there are plenty of things you can try at home, poor sleep can be linked to both physical and mental health conditions, particularly anxiety and depression. If you’ve tried all of the above remedies and still can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep – or if you feel like you’re sleeping too much without really feeling rested – talk to your doctor about what else may be going on.

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At Wana Wellness, we obviously believe in the power of CBD and other plant-derived wellness solutions to help you sleep. But, as with all things related to a healthy lifestyle, getting a good night’s rest requires a well-rounded approach. And if you use this list as a starting point, you should be living your most well-rested life in no time! 

 

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