Anxiety can be defined as “an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs, by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.”
As is understandable in the midst of a global pandemic, we can all expect to experience anxiety in the coming days. Whether that anxiety stems from having to work at home, from not being able to run your regular errands, from not being able to attend events, or from the general existential threat of COVID-19, the symptoms of this anxiety can be debilitating. As a matter of fact, the most common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing
Severe anxiety can even induce sometimes-dangerous symptoms, the most common being gastrointestinal problems, commonly in combination with gastrointestinal pain. These symptoms can debilitate your body and leave you feeling weak. They can also lead to problems with eating and digestion, posing a direct problem to trying to stay healthy while stuck at home.
In a time of quarantine, a time when we must learn to be self-sufficient and manage our daily lives within the confines of our homes while still trying to lead healthy lives, we do not need to be worrying about anxiety and the problems associated with this debilitating mental health disorder.
Luckily, there are certain actions you can take to protect yourself from quarantine anxiety. For those of us who have dealt with anxiety before, we know that keeping ourselves busy and performing certain tasks can help alleviate some of these anxiety-induced symptoms. For those of us utilizing the power of CBD treatment, we know that CBD oil and other CBD-infused products can aid in managing these symptoms as well. The way CBD works is through our own natural endocannabinoid system. When it is absorbed into your body, it gets moved through your bloodstream until it reaches neuroreceptors and neurotransmitters in the brain. From there the CBD binds itself to the receptors in your brain that control anxiety, pain, and sleep, and basically messages your brain cells to calm down or “stop”.