BEATING 2020 ANXIETIES
2020 has been a historic year – a year that the world was not ready for. It has been a year of surprise and shock. The Covid-19 pandemic lashed out at the world population, and we have been battling it ever since. Words like social distancing, isolation, and quarantine became the most used words worldwide. And these were not just words – people had to give up on regular life and isolate themselves for fear of the deadly virus. This led to a sharp increase in mental health issues.
The coronavirus pandemic has been very stressful for many. Fear of the disease and what it could do to our bodies was uppermost on everyone’s minds. The health of near and dear ones, of the children, of the elderly, has been our primary concern. Anxiety levels rose due to the losses incurred by the lockdowns – some lost their business, some lost their jobs, and many even lost their lives fighting the virus. Feelings of loneliness and desolation crept up, leading to increased cases of anxiety disorders. Learning to identify and cope with stress and anxiety is the key step to treating the problem.
The stigma associated with mental health issues is waning, with more and more people acknowledging that they have problems, and thus, they can be duly treated. Earlier this year, former First Lady of the USA, Michelle Obama, came out with a statement about her low-grade depression. This candor led to further opening up of the issues of anxiety related to the Covid 19 situation.
Early Symptoms of Anxiety
Identifying stress and anxiety during its early stages can help arrest the problem in its early stages. Here are some early symptoms of an anxiety disorder:
Feeling miserable and lonely for an extended period of time
Being in an irritable mood for no significant reason
Finding it hard to concentrate
Always worrying about health, finances, losses, etc.
Suddenly feeling very scared and unsure of the future
Increase in drinking alcohol and/or smoking
Recent studies indicate that the Covid-19 situation has intensified already prevalent mental health problems. Even for people without any history of mental health issues, a covid-19 diagnosis itself has been the cause of heightened anxiety, sleeplessness, and other psychological problems.
Healthy Ways of Coping with Anxiety
It’s very natural to feel stressed out with the way the year 2020 has played out. However, getting anxious will not solve any problems. Trying to achieve a balanced and healthy mind will help you tackle the situation correctly. Here are some ways to cope with anxiety:
Spend time with family and loved ones. Cherish the time that you have with each other.
Take breaks from watching the news or social media content related to the pandemic. An information overload is never a good idea.
Take care of yourself. You should exercise regularly, eat healthy meals, get adequate sleep, and avoid binging on caffeine or alcohol.
Connect with others and discuss your thoughts. It is essential to express and talk about what you are feeling. This is a form of therapy in itself.
If you are feeling too overwhelmed, do not hesitate to seek professional help. You should talk to a counselor or healthcare provider in your area if you think your condition is getting in the way of your usual chores.
CBD as a Natural Supplement to Manage Anxiety
With the recent legalization of CBD in several countries, some experts believe that legal cannabis may just be what people needed to handle a pandemic. Of course, every person needs to find their individual coping methods, and a lot of people like to try natural supplements to try and manage their stress. Thus, the use of CBD has seen a sharp spike in people dealing with anxiety, sleep disorders, and even depression.
Quality CBD products and hemp do not contain THC (the mind-altering component) and hence do not give a “high”. They are increasingly being used as organic and natural supplements for treating a variety of medical conditions.
A recent research in June 2020 with consumers of CBD and its products revealed the following:
58% of people use CBD for managing anxiety issues
35% of people use CBD for sleep-related problems
People are now openly admitting that their mental well-being is being directly affected by the pandemic. More and more people are turning to immunity-boosting foods and natural supplements to aid their physical and mental well-being.
How CBD can help with Anxiety
2020 has seen anxiety disorders top the list of prevalent mental health disorders globally. Job security and health concerns are the primary sources of worry for many. Medicinal cannabis has been around for years, but its use is not fully understood yet.
CBD is believed to react with the brain’s receptors, resulting in increased serotonin levels. A person then starts to feel more relaxed and stop fretting over issues plaguing him. It helps regulate his reaction to fear. Thus, CBD provides a possible holistic method of managing anxiety and its related symptoms.
How CBD Affects You
If you’ve been stressed much more than usual during the pandemic and it is interfering with your daily life and sleep patterns, using CBD can help manage symptoms. CBD works differently for everybody, so obviously, you should start slowly and try it for at least one week before you decide how it is working out for you.
When you start taking CBD, start with small measured doses. See if it alters your mood, helps you relax or sleep. Note if you see a change in your sleeping patterns. People have often reported feeling much lighter after one week of using CBD. They report better sleep, no irritable moods, better concentration, and an absence of muscle tightening due to stress.
Should you opt for CBD for anxiety and sleep issues?
The bottom line – is CBD the answer? There is no definite response to this. CBD has an ever-growing loyal fanbase who swear by its beneficial effects. On the other hand, some skeptics do not believe due to lack of adequate medical data to back the claims. It all ultimately boils down to the adage – ‘To each his own’. If CBD suits you well, you can use it regularly.