With the uncertainty of the coronavirus, and what that means for the public, many of us are finding ourselves feeling stressed and uneasy about what is to come. To slow the spread of the virus, many businesses have closed, leaving people anxious and stressed about finances and how to pay their bills. Meanwhile, schools in the UK have been closed resulting in some parents worrying about childcare. Whilst the government are trying to cope with the demand for necessities, more and more people are resorting to panic buying, meaning that there are shortages across the country for items such as toilet paper, cleaning and hygiene products and food.
Excessive amounts of stress can be detrimental to overall health, as it can cause further problems such as poor mental wellbeing, high blood pressure, hair loss, weight loss and many more. It is important to try to reduce stress levels in order to avoid further health conditions developing at a later time.
Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system, which exists to enable our bodies to receive cannabinoids. When the endocannabinoid system is stimulated with plant-based cannabinoids, it works with CB1 and CB2 receptors to help bring balance to the body. CBD works with receptors in the brain, which are said to then influence the way that chemicals in the brain respond to serotonin levels.
When suffering from stress, anxiety and depression many people find it difficult to take part in general daily activities. Self-care is a great way to relax the mind, body and soul.
Yoga uses physical and mental practice as well as controlled breathing to bring the body into a state of relaxation. This often helps the body to lower blood pressure and heart rate which can aid in bringing down levels of anxiety and stress. Yoga is also a form of exercise, which helps to reduce the level of stress hormone within the body, whilst stimulating the body’s production of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers and mood elevators.
Whilst taking up a sport of any kind, it is important to ensure that you keep yourself hydrated, and on a balanced diet. Products such as protein drinks and recovery tonic may also help to speed up the recovery process.
Treating yourself to some self-care is a great way to lift the spirits. Having a long soak in the bath, with a bath bomb can help to reduce stress levels. Bath bombs that contain products
such as lavender may help to put the body into a state of relaxation, whilst aiding the physical relaxation of the muscles. This could then reduce the aches and pains that can often be associated with stress and anxiety.
Stress and anxiety also may have an impact on the skin’s health, such as the increased risk of acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Using good quality skincare products such as face cleansers, moisturisers and body butters may help to reduce these ailments.
Movies are a great way of distracting the mind from stress, and may temporarily bring relaxation to the body. Sitting down with a movie and some immune boosting snacks such as chocolate almonds, or dried fruits may help to rest the mind whilst enjoying some guilt-free snacks.
Overall, whilst physical health is important during this pandemic, it is also critical to ensure that our mental health’s are looked after. Keeping busy and focused during this time is a great way to lower the risk of stress related illness.