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Anxiety & Stress
Thanks to COVID-19, almost all of us are spending most of our time at home. It’s important to stay safe and get cozy while frontline workers care for the affected. At the same time, after weeks at home, your days can start to blur together. It’s stressful to cope with all that’s going on, as well as the uncertainty of when and how life will return to “normal.”
Right now, it’s more important than ever to take care of your mental and physical health.
Are you looking for new ways to combat stress, address your new case of typing-induced discomfort, or simply feel better in your body? CBD can help to soothe your body and mind. Once you’re able to wind down, it’s easier to take up other healthy lifestyle habits that can support you through this time.
Read on to learn how to have a healthy lifestyle with a little help from CBD, and a little info from the CDC.
Right now, it’s completely normal to be stressed. However, it’s also important that you develop healthy ways to deal with those feelings. Without some effort, unhelpful thoughts can take over. The more overwhelmed you feel, the harder it is to focus on your work, get a good night’s sleep, or make sure you’re eating balanced meals. This in turn leads to more stress. And over time, chronic stress will begin to impact your immune system.
How does it work? Chronic stress occurs when our usual stress response kicks in and can’t shut off. The Mayo Clinic explains the process and its effects:
Before you know it, what started out as stressed, repetitive thinking has become physically symptomatic. Now, you’re having trouble sleeping, eating, and relaxing. All of this affects your immune system even more.
It’s important to have several stress management tools in your toolkit. Good options include exercise, meditation and just about anything else that helps you unwind. In addition, there’s one all-natural substance that can help provide fast relief: CBD.
If you’re already experiencing the symptoms of chronic stress, CBD can help. CBD’s benefits include:
Depending on the symptoms you’re experiencing, find the CBD product that’s right for you. Choose between topical and oral delivery methods:
Once you discover all of CBD’s benefits, you may want to share your CBD treats with your friends right away. However, it’s important to know that some forms of sharing could potentially spread COVID-19.
Even if you’re asymptomatic, it’s possible that you are infected with coronavirus. That’s why experts advise that you act like you already have the virus. When it comes to CBD, this means that you should avoid sharing CBD gummies, mints, and tinctures. Likewise, if you’re baking CBD brownies, don’t share them with others.
As you seek to deal with stress, you might find yourself turning to substances more than usual. It’s important to be careful when it comes to marijuana and alcohol use during this time.
“Can impair the body’s ability to defend against infection, contribute to organ damage associated with alcohol consumption, and impede recovery from tissue injury.”
If you’re looking for a healthy way to deal with stress, consider hemp-derived CBD in an oil or capsule form. When you do choose to use alcohol and marijuana, be sure to do so in moderation, and avoid smoking too.
In addition to dealing with the mental strain of quarantine, it’s important to take steps to protect your physical body from the virus, as well as from other pathogens that may weaken the immune system. The CDC recommends you take several measures to keep yourself safe.
In short, stay home as much as is possible. Limit your close contact to your household members. When you leave the house for groceries and errands, try to maintain six feet of separation between yourself and the closest person.
Be sure to wash your hands after going out, even if you’ve only checked your mail. To keep safe:
Beware of supposed treatments and cures for COVID-19. The CDC says it best:
“There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID-19.”
Until a vaccine is developed, the best way to prevent COVID 19 is to social distance and take good care of your overall health.
What does COVID-19 look like? If you come down with a runny nose, don’t panic. Instead, know the signs of coronavirus:
What should you do if you have these symptoms? First of all, assume you have COVID-19. Even if you don’t have it, this is necessary to protect others. Prepare to self-quarantine for two weeks. However, if your symptoms become serious, be sure to seek emergency medical care. Serious symptoms include:
Tip: Be sure to bring a cellphone charger with you to the hospital so that you can communicate with friends and family.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, the last thing you should do is make a final grocery run to stock up. That puts others at risk. Instead, make sure you have a plan in place to self-quarantine. That plan should include:
When it comes to handling the current pandemic, it’s important to feel safe, secure, and prepared. Knowing that you have a plan in place in the event that you fall ill can help remove one additional stressor.
Plant People’s wide array of CBD products are designed to support your overall health and vitality. Our full spectrum CBD oils and functional mushrooms are packed full of botanical ingredients that can leave your body and mind feeling better. If you’re looking to incorporate CBD into your daily routine, try out our specially formulated Be Calm capsules, which contain adaptogenic herbs along with organic, hemp-derived CBD.
There’s so much we can’t control right now. However, each of us can control the way we cope with long days and weeks at home. Developing healthy habits can help you to protect yourself and to handle each day with a little more grace.
Reviewed by Gabe Kennedy
Co-Founder of Plant People, Gabe Kennedy is an acclaimed chef and entrepreneur. Growing up in a house of healers and herbalists, he is passionate about the power of food as a tool for health, and actualized this passion and belief system into his company, Plant People. Named to Forbes 30 under 30 Gabe has shaped menus and cooked his way around the world with his mission to promote a more communal, green and healthy world.
Gabe is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. You can learn more about his work at his website.
CDC. How to protect yourself and others. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
Huffington Post. Act like you already have coronavirus. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/act-like-you-have-coronavirus_l_5e721aafc5b6eab7793fc120
The Mayo Clinic. Chronic stress puts your health at risk. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037
Alcohol Research. Alcohol and the immune system. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4590612/