COVID-19 : Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety
To stay sane and positive in the face of COVID-19, you need to get rid of the stress and anxiety that the disease poses. How do you go about that? Read on as we list six ways to manage stress and anxiety amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.
Appreciate How Grim the Situation Is
The first way to manage stress and anxiety is to begin by understanding the gravity of the COVID-19 situation. The virus has led to the grounding of planes all over the world, and various kinds of businesses are at a standstill. Governments and giant corporations are continually revising their growth projections downwards.
Plenty of people have lost their jobs with experts forecasting more job losses if the situation persists. Children aren’t going to school anymore. Doctors have little time to tend to other patients with other serious ailments or emergency cases. Let that sink in for a moment.
Invest In the Right Dietary Supplements
After appreciating the gravity of the COVID-19 situation, the next thing to do to keep anxiety at bay is investing in the right supplements. Essentially, these are products that serve two crucial purposes. First, they boost your immunity so that in the event you get the virus, your body will be able to cope and fight the disease. Secondly, the supplement should come with anti-anxiety properties.
When looking for such a product, you might want to consider cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a naturally occurring compound derived from the cannabis or hemp plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another compound present in cannabis that is responsible for its psychoactive properties. CBD does not cause a high. Due to its wide range of benefits, demand has been growing ever since its inception as a legal entity.
CBD can help treat acne, depression, inflammatory pain, nerve-related pain, and even cancer. CBD is very effective in strengthening the immune system as it has anti-inflammatory properties and also acts as an immunosuppressant, so can be very beneficial to people at this time. It can be an excellent choice for therapy or treatment for people with various autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis.
Experts recommend CBD for its anxiety-relieving benefits. Our lack of outdoor activity and exercise in these stressful conditions may result in some sleep deprivation. CBD helps regulate cortisol, a stress hormone, which also promotes good quality sleep. You can consume CBD in various ways. Common methods of administration include dripping tinctures beneath your tongue, vaping CBD oil, chewing weed gummies, using CBD-enriched topicals, or swallowing CBD capsules.
Besides cannabis-based products, you may also consider other anti-anxiety herbs like ashwagandha, kava kava, Rhodiola, or lavender.
Understand the Classic Symptoms of COVID-19
We’ve already mentioned a series of symptoms that you could indicate that you’re suffering from COVID-19. However, remember that most of those very symptoms could be indicative of the common cold or flu. So, how do you tell that you’re actually COVID-positive?
As a viral respiratory infection, COVID-19 presents clinical symptoms that are similar to those of most respiratory infections like the flu and the common cold. Examples of these symptoms include chest congestion, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fatigue, chills, headache, body aches, as well as runny eyes and nose. However, it’s cough, shortness of breath, and fever that are most prominent and you need to watch out for.
As you analyze your case, you should also consider your social and climatic environment. If you’re living in a sparsely-populated neighbourhood and rarely venture outdoors, you’re unlikely suffering from COVID-19. Similarly, if it’s winter or rainy season in your region, you might be suffering from the common cold and not coronavirus. Of course, you’ll need to schedule a visit to the hospital if the symptoms persist or get severe.
Focus on Activities that Build Positive Energy
COVID-19 lockdown has made working from home the new normal. However, the idea of being in the same spot throughout the day can be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, there are numerous activities you can focus on to nurture positivity through the lockdown. If you’re into spirituality, this is the time to spend time meditating and connecting with your higher power. If you’re into writing, you can use the lockdown to add a few chapters to your eBook. There’s also the option of watching movies or listening to your favourite tracks.
For those with a family, this is an ideal time to bond with your nearest and dearest.
While having sex may not be a “cure” for anxiety, it’s close. The release of various feel-good hormones and chemicals during sex directly results in relieving stress. The increased production of oxytocin, otherwise known as the love hormone, is accompanied by the release of endorphins, both of which are well-known mood-boosters and pain relievers.
Regular sex is also known to increase self-esteem and develop intimacy between individuals. Having the right connection with someone you love and care about in itself has a significant mood-lifting effect.
There are several other benefits of sex you can reap during the lockdown. Sex is a good form of light exercise. It burns calories, aiding in sleep. A hormone responsible for making one sleepy, called prolactin, is also released during orgasm. Sex can also help take your mind off of other stressful things going on in the world, promoting overall well-being.
Avoid Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool for disseminating information and shaping opinion. Yet, during pandemics of the magnitude of COVID-19, social media may not be a very reliable platform to obtain credible information. That’s because social media is largely uncensored.
It’s times like this that fear- and rumour-mongers usually have a field day. Anyone can post any piece of information on the state of the pandemic just to earn likes and reactions. So, your best bet is to stay away from social media.
If you’re looking for reliable information on COVID-19, insist on reputable sources like the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Observe Government Directives
Ever since the World Health Organization declared the disease a pandemic, most governments have taken various measures to keep their citizens safe. You can play your role in flattening the curve by observing all government directives.
Always remember the following clarion calls and follow them religiously:
NB: The first three directives mostly apply in situations of partial lockdown.
It’s difficult to keep sane and calm amidst all the fear and anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak. However, by implementing these tips we’ve highlighted will enable you to cope with COVID-19, whether you’re infected, or affected.
We are all in this together, and together we will prevail!
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