A time to maintain your sense of Calm
Who isn’t feeling anxious and scared at the moment? It is a strange time and self-isolation and social separation are bound to affect the psyches of the best of us.
Now more than ever it is important for us to stay Calm and fight the crippling effect anxiety can have not only on our mental state but also on our physical health and well being.
With this in mind, I wanted to share some tips that I have personally found helpful:
- Focus on the foundations: eat healthily, move your body, breathe deeply.
- Be mindful: practice meditation (download apps to help you or watch YouTube videos).
- Stay connected: social distance but stay in touch by calling/video calling your friends/family/neighbors, and lifting each other’s spirits.
- Enjoy nature: walk, hike, sit, whatever helps you feel grounded and refocused.
- Read a book: detach from the outpouring of Corona content on all media sources (most of which are fear-mongering) and immerse yourself in the world of literature.
- Concentrate on facts, not fear: look at science-based facts, not social media driven by hysteria. It will only make you more anxious.
What is anxiety?
Fear and anxiety are adaptive responses essential to coping with threats to survival. Yet excessive or persistent fear may be maladaptive, leading to disability. Symptoms arising from excessive fear and anxiety occur in a number of neuropsychiatric disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These anxiety-related disorders are associated with a diminished sense of well-being, elevated rates of unemployment and relationship breakdown, and elevated suicide risk.
How can CBD help with anxiety?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid constituent of cannabis that lacks the psychoactive effects of THC (also found in cannabis). CBD may have broad therapeutic properties across a range of mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, and stress.
Although there is a lot of anecdotal research out there, preclinical evidence strongly supports the potential of CBD as an option when managing anxiety disorders. According to a paper published in 2015, CBD exhibits a varied range of actions, relevant to multiple symptom domains, including anxiety, the fight/flight sensation, compulsive actions, as well as a prevention of the long-term effects of anxiety-induced stress.
This all being said, it is important to remember that CBD is not all created equal. When choosing a CBD it is recommended you look for a brand that promises organic CBD which is pesticide and toxin-free, and third-party lab tested (so the purity is certified by an external laboratory). In this way, you can be assured that the amount of CBD indicated in the product is what it says it is, and that it is pure and THC free.
Flatten the curve
Another point I want to remind people of is that most of us will likely get COVID-19 sooner or later, yet this is not a reason to panic! If you are fit and healthy you probably won’t have bad symptoms (nor even notice when you get it). The whole reason we are isolating is to protect the weak - older people and those who are immunocompromised. Our societal responsibility is to try “flatten the curve” to assist the healthcare system in treating acute cases over a longer period of time rather than overwhelming them with an onslaught of sick people overnight. It’s not necessarily COVID-19 you need to be scared of, it’s the spike and people who are old/immunocompromised not being able to get the medical assistance they need.
At the end of the day, it’s times like these that require us to focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t. You can be positive, you can take this opportunity to work on yourself, you can work on improving your mental health and most importantly, you can show your loved ones and those in need that you care.
From all of us at Mary’s Muse, stay safe and healthy!