Have you been feeling a sense of dread, unease or uncertainty about the future? If you are, you’re not alone.
Anxiety is something that we all face at one time or another and is a feeling of things being out of control.
It’s natural to want to know what will happen in the future, we want to believe we have control, we want things to be predictable and stable.
But with the recent pandemic, we can safely guess that almost all of us have experienced feelings of anxiety lately.
The good news is that, although there is no way to control world events, we can control how we take care of ourselves.
There are several simple steps that you can take in the comfort of your own home which will help to minimize the effects of anxiety. Read on to learn more!
Symptoms of Anxiety
Have you ever had your stomach flip-flop before a job interview? Or sat by the phone waiting to hear back about important medical results?
It’s natural to feel stress and anxiety in some situations where we don’t know the outcome.
But some of us are more naturally prone to anxiety than others, carrying around that feeling of being “on edge” almost all the time.
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Heart palpitations
- Panic attacks
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling isolated
- Racing thoughts
Serious anxiety will impact day-to-day life if not addressed, and in worst-case scenarios, can adversely affect our longer-term mental and physical health.
If the latter, it can lead to insomnia, confusion, stomach problems and more severe problems like high blood pressure.
If you’ve had these feelings consistently over time, and you have not yet seen a medical professional about it, it’s important to do so as soon as possible.
And you can consider turning to some natural solutions to help you as well.
Causes of Anxiety
Anxiety can feel like a nagging, subtle sense of dread, or it can be an acute, crushing emotional weight.
Sometimes, the source of our anxiety is manageable; other times, its causes are completely out of our control — like the Coronavirus pandemic.
Though scientists knew we were due for a serious pandemic, most of the population had no idea, and then when it hit it brought a tsunami of confusion and suffering.
For some it’s little more than an inconvenience; but for those whose lives have been upended, the days ahead look grim.
And as this CBC article suggests, the isolation alone can exacerbate existing mental health issues for vulnerable populations.
Recognize What Is In Your Control
The pandemic is unusual in its scope, but ultimately we will always face challenges that are out of our control.
Our quality of life depends upon how we respond to and cope with these challenges, and for many, that means having solid routines in place to reduce anxiety.
How do we find peace amidst turmoil?
First off, anyone experiencing serious depression, anxiety or other mental health issues should be treated professionally. (Lune Wellness contributes a portion of monthly sales to the Canadian Mental Health Association).
Beyond that, there are many things that we can do to mitigate and lower anxiety levels, using techniques that can become part of our daily routines.
Here are a few examples:
- Mindfulness practice
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Deep-breathing exercises
- Weighted blankets
Incorporating one or more of these into your daily routine is bound to bring at least some relief from anxiety.
How to Take CBD for Anxiety
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive ingredient in medicinal cannabis. It offers users feelings of relaxation but without the “high” associated with THC.
CBD is a natural biological compound extracted from marijuana or hemp plants and is believed to ease anxiety by helping the body process serotonin, a hormone, and neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating emotions.
Research suggests that CBD may help to reduce anxiety.
CBD is so far considered to be non-addictive, and side effects are rare.
However, if you think that you might want to try CBD for anxiety or other health problems, check with your doctor, especially if you are taking any prescription drugs, to ensure that the two won’t interact.
We recommend that you start with a small dose and take note of how you feel. If after two days you don’t notice any relief, gradually increase the dose. Follow this pattern until an increase in the dose doesn’t provide any greater benefit.
At this point, the optimum dose will have been realized.
Not sure which product to start with? Check out our comparison chart to help you decide between three formats: capsules, tinctures, and Phoenix Tears.
CBD: The Future is Promising
As clinical testing continues, we expect more and more results will show that CBD products are both safe and effective for a variety of health conditions, including anxiety.
Indeed, the need to manage anxiety has never been greater and CBD can play a role in a healthy routine focused on relaxation and stress reduction.
If you want help understanding which CBD products could help ease pain, inflammation, and anxiety, we’re here to help.