It’s been called the “invisible enemy.” It has the whole world on edge. Billions of people are worried about the uncertain fate of the economy, their future — and most urgently, their own health.
As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, rips through the United States and the world, Americans are facing unprecedented physical, emotional and financial stress.
While we’re still learning the ins and outs of this new pathogen, one thing is for certain: Stress and a lack of sleep will only make the immune system weaker. That’s a powerful incentive to try to prioritize your sense of calm and wellness as much as possible during this alarming time. It’s a great reminder to get the sleep you need to keep your mind balanced and your body healthy.
Easier said than done, of course. How do you counteract the very reasonable worries we all feel at this moment? How do you get restorative sleep in a healthy and sustainable way?
Below, we’ve recapped some powerful tips to promote tranquility and improve your sleep habits. As you’ll see — CBD is emerging as a powerful tool for many people struggling with the fear, anxiety, and insomnia that comes with the coronavirus pandemic.
Manage Anxiety And Tame Stress To Protect Your Immune System
When stressed, our bodies release the hormone cortisol. For short time periods, cortisol acts as an anti-inflammatory, which promotes immunity. But too much cortisol can actually increase your level of inflammation, which hampers your ability to fight off infection and stay well..
Here are some tips for how to keep your anxiety under control and keep stress low, even when external factors are making you feel worried.
CORONAVIRUS DE-STRESS TIP #1: UNPLUG WHEN YOU CAN
Being constantly connected is a double-edged sword. We’re all glued to the news, waiting for the latest breakthrough. Staying informed is good, and in limited doses, it can make us feel empowered. But too much of a good thing can lead to obsession and anxiety, and overuse of screens can hurt our ability to fall asleep at night.
As you pursue information about this developing situation, do your best to find a healthy balance. Let yourself check in on the latest news, but try not to become obsessive. Consider instituting “news breaks,” or limit yourself to only checking the news at certain intervals.
CORONAVIRUS DE-STRESS TIP #2: MAINTAIN HEALTHY HABITS
It’s natural and reasonable to feel like this pandemic has disrupted your life. Your routine has been reconfigured, events have been canceled and uncertainty looms large.
In order to bring your stress levels down as low as possible, focus on the things you can control. Embrace healthy habits — whether they are ones that you’d already started before this situation or ones that you can easily implement in our new reality.
For example, try to eat as healthily as possible. While lines are long and items are limited at every grocery store, it’s often the processed or convenience food that goes quickly. Take this opportunity to try a new recipe using healthy, unprocessed ingredients.
Along those same lines, maintain healthy hydration. Try to keep your daily routine as intact as possible. Even if you’re not planning to see others, get dressed daily and indulge in helpful self-care rituals to maintain a sense of control and calm.
CORONAVIRUS DE-STRESS TIP #3: CONSIDER CBD SUPPLEMENTS
Tried all of the above and still can’t calm your nerves and clear your head?
People all over the world — as well as their pets — have discovered that CBD is a particularly powerful weapon against stress and anxiety.
Both formulations have undergone full-panel testing from a third-party lab to ensure potency and purity. Both are also made using nanoemulsion to increase bioavailability and maximize absorption.
With these two different and well-regarded offerings, it’s easy to find the dosage and format that works best for you.
During The Pandemic, Prioritize Rest And Your Sleep Hygiene
According to the Mayo Clinic, “people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus.” Plus, a “lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.”
The reasons for this are numerous. Sleep is an incredibly powerful physiological mechanism for bodily repair. While we sleep, our immune systems release proteins called cytokines, which play a key role when we’re sick. Sleep also ensures that infection-fighting antibodies are available as needed and cells are properly repaired.
It’s simple. In order to protect your health, you need to regularly get adequate rest. But as anyone who suffers from insomnia knows, it’s the ultimate paradox: The more tired you are and the more your brain knows that you need sleep, the harder it is for your body to get there.
Here are several important things you can do to help your body get the rest that it needs.
CORONAVIRUS SLEEP HYGIENE TIP #1: STAY IN TOUCH
We’ve all heard the buzzwords: Social distancing. Flatten the curve. Slow the spread.
These phrases are all saying variations of the same thing — that we can each do our part to contain the coronavirus by staying reasonably far away from one another.
It’s a smart plan from a public health perspective. Unfortunately, human beings are social creatures. While it’s important for Americans to follow these guidelines, doing so can cause strong negative effects as people start to feel lonely, isolated and out of touch with their normal routines. As a result, we start to feel depressed.
Depression often leads to lethargy, anxiety and racing thoughts at the end of the day that keeps you from falling asleep and staying asleep.
One way to counteract this is to focus on staying in touch. Check-in with the people you live with, and use your quarantine to enjoy the high-quality bonding time that’s often lacking in our overscheduled lives. Call, video chat and text your friends and relatives. Take the time to share your feelings with them and listen to theirs.
CORONAVIRUS SLEEP HYGIENE TIP #2: GET ACTIVE
With the closures of gyms and gathering places, it may seem like quarantine is a time to embrace hibernation and a sedentary lifestyle.
While it’s important not to overstress your system, especially in times of viral contagion, light-to-moderate regular exercise is absolutely essential in keeping your spirits up and your body healthy. It’s also an excellent way to ensure that you’re tired by bedtime and that the rest you get is restorative and relaxing.
Don’t be afraid to get creative. No matter how small your home, you can engage in body-weight exercises and even cardio. If you have a yard or access to an outdoor space where you can keep safely away from others — take full advantage.
CORONAVIRUS SLEEP HYGIENE TIP #3: CONSIDER HIGH-QUALITY CBD SUPPLEMENTS
Tried all of the above, and still having trouble staying well-rested?
CBD supplements have helped many people fall asleep faster and get better-quality rest. Our Full-Spectrum, Nano-Enhanced REST Oral Tincture is an endo-aligned formulation that has helped countless people trade restlessness for tranquility.
It’s an excellent product to try out, whether you have experience with CBD supplements or not. Because it’s made with an innovative nanoemulsion technique, this tincture is highly bioavailable, which means you need less of it to feel an effect.
REST, like all of New Coastal’s CBD products, is non-habit forming. That means you can use it at any time to see whether you might be one of the millions of people who can benefit from the sleep-promoting properties of CBD.
Dealing With The Stress of Coronavirus Requires Creativity And Patience.
The great thing about every tip above is that each can be implemented quickly and easily.
New Coastal is proud to have helped many people tame their anxiety and get better sleep. We are happy to recommend which of our products you might find most helpful for your needs.
As a California-based company, we are proud that our state has recently deemed CBD shops like ours as an essential business during this very serious epidemic. We remain open and committed to helping as many people as possible to deal with the challenges of this stressful time.
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