With everything currently going on in the world, it’s important to set aside some time to rest, relax, and take care of our mental health. Because of these unprecedented times, it can be easy to fall into a funk when you are home all the time. Here are some tips on how to manage anxiety and stress.
1. Sweat it out
Exercise has been proven to help reduce anxiety and depression. When your body is moving, it helps increase circulation to the brain which can influence the hippocampus, the part of your brain that stores memories in addition to the formation of motivation and mood.
Exercising regularly also releases endorphins that improve your sense of well-being. Other benefits working out can bring are improvement in mood, increased stamina and energy, and reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness.
Due to the uncertainty of these times, there are plenty of resources online for free exercise content, especially on platforms like Youtube.
For those who are busy or hate working out, exercise could be as simple as taking a walk 3 times a week for 30 minutes. You could also break up the 30 minutes into three 10 minute chunks, which are believed to be as useful as one 30 minute walk!
Our Superfoods + CBD Soothing Stick is the perfect post-workout treat to apply to sore areas.
2. Go Outside
There’s just something about going outside and being in nature that is instantly calming. Breathing in fresh, clean air and enjoying scenic views has shown to help reduce stress, anger, and fear. One study done by Mind shows that 95% of participants felt more calm and balanced after spending time outside.
The visual appearance of nature can have a soothing effect and scientists are looking more into researching and quantifying the benefits of being outside. “Ecotherapy” is an emerging scientific field that examines the relationship between stress and being in nature.
Summer is coming up which is another great reason to get outside and soak up the sunshine. Sunshine gives off Vitamin D and once your skin soaks it in, it moves to the kidneys and liver, and converts to its active hormone form. Vitamin D can help activate neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which both affect brain development and mood.
Depending on your state, state parks could be currently open right now. If they aren’t, try seeing if any local trails are open or a simple walk around your neighborhood would still be beneficial. Remember to also practice social distancing!
3. Learn something new
Many companies and websites have started offering their content online for either a discount or free of charge. There is a plethora of even more educational content online now, ranging from many topics, such as fitness classes all the way to university courses. Learning a new skill or taking on a new intellectual challenge can provide incredibly important psychological help.
Most research done on this topic has been in the context of the workplace, but the findings are definitely worth looking at. Learning new things can help us grow feelings of self-sufficiency and competence. It can also act a stress buffer as picking up a new skill and growing confidence from it can help with developing resilience against future stressors.
Research done in the workplace shows that workers who engaged in more learning activities found themselves experience less negative emotions than those who didn’t. More studies are needed to really examine the full benefits of learning and its impact on mental health in general, but these studies so far show promising results.
One concept that you may find interesting to learn about would be happiness. “The Science of Well-Being” is one of the most popular courses offered at Yale University. It is so popular that this course is now available online on Coursera.org free of charge! This course helps teach how to increase your own happiness by re-adjusting the mind to think in a more productive and positive manner in a research based approach.
4. Pamper yourself
One of our favorite ways to de-stress is to take some time to treat and indulge ourselves using skincare. If you have a multi-step skincare routine, take a little extra time to pat and massage in each layer of skincare.
If you have a more minimal skincare routine, you could also apply a quick 20 minute facial mask to feel pampered. Taking a long and nice bath is a great option too and our CBD Relaxing Bath Bomb is the perfect pick me up after a long day. Infused with 20 mg of CBD, it turns your bath into a soothing treat.
Your skin will thank you too.
5. Get enough sleep
Your body needs sleep to function optimally. If you don’t get enough sleep, there can be serious impacts to both your mental health and psychological state.
When we are asleep, there are difference classifications of what “stage” of sleep we are in. Once we are in the deepest stage of sleep, it brings physiological changes that help improve our immune systems.
We hope that these tips help with reducing your stress and anxiety. What's your favorite way to reduce stress? Comment below!