8 Ways to Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

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Living in a global pandemic is not something any of us expected to be doing. 2020 definitely hasn’t started off the way we planned. Stress levels for everyone are heightened. Maybe you’ve always felt that you handled stress and anxiety well but now it’s more difficult to manage. Or maybe you have always battled stress and anxiety, but now the levels are more than you can manage.

We know that you are struggling. And we wanted to support you in some way. So here are 8 ideas we came up with for helping you combat your stress and anxiety.

1. Sit outside and soak up some Vitamin D

lawn with trees in the background and the sun setting

Vitamin D does wonders for your immune system. And supporting your immune system is so important right now, and always. Not just because of COVID-10. You can get Vitamin D from a supplement or simply from being outside enjoying the sun.

But how can that help with your stress and anxiety? 

First off, knowing you’re helping your immune system can help put your mind at ease and sitting outside in the sun is so helpful when we’ve been stuck inside. Even sitting outside and working can be nice. A change of scenery does the trick, even if it’s just your driveway vs your living room walls.

Secondly, while you’re sitting outside, have a social hour with your neighbors from across the street. Or grow the garden you’ve always wanted to start. Maybe it’s time to blow up the kiddie pool and sunbathe. You could also meditate or go on a hike…see tip #2.

2. Exercise

Simply put, exercising releases endorphins – which makes you happier. Of course, being stuck inside means that we’re probably being way less active. Sitting for long periods of time isn’t good for your health in general and these days – it’s way easier to do.

But how can you exercise if you don’t have any equipment and can’t go anywhere? We have a few ideas for you.

  • Run up and down the stairs. 
  • Use bottles of water for your weights. 
  • Exercise with your kids. We love the Sworkit App and their kids’ workouts are FREE!
  • Go on a hike – yes a lot of state parks are closed across the country, but there are still great places you can find to hike. Just remember social distancing.
  • Find YouTube videos of your favorite type of workout.
  • Have sex – it’s a great workout!

It really doesn’t matter what you do, just get your body moving! 

3. Video chat with a friend

Social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t still be social. Now is a great time to call that friend you’ve been missing or family that isn’t close by. Set up regularly scheduled happy hours that just happen each week so you don’t even have to think about it.vow renewal in the yard with family and friends on an ipad

Celebrating big events also doesn’t have to stop. Share those moments with your friends and family via Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or even Google Hangouts.

Check out our Marketing Director who did a vow renewal in their driveway with friends and family. Immediate family and the entire bridal party were all there via Zoom on an iPad.

Life gets busy and slowing down can mean getting in touch with those that we always say to ourselves we want to chat with, but just don’t. Finding those connections can bring awareness to the life we have, the loved ones we cherish and therefore reduce our anxiety and stress.

4. Eat Healthy Foods

When our body feels good, our mind feels good. When stuck in the house it becomes easy to eat junk food. Grab a bag of chips here, soda there, fried food as well. Making healthy food choices will help you fuel your body for the day. 

Don’t get us wrong – we love supporting our favorite local restaurants. Small businesses are struggling and that includes restaurants. So please, give your favorite place some love too. 

Balance is everything. Eating foods that give you energy throughout the day or finding snacks that are going to fuel your body are key. Eating for eating sake, or because your bored, can lead to bad food choices.

Eat your fruits and vegetables and stay healthy!

5. Use CBD

freedom CBD hemp oilOf course, we couldn’t leave this one off the list. Studies have shown that CBD can help alleviate anxiety. It can also help you sleep better. And we all know when we sleep better we’re more relaxed and at ease, which also helps to relieve anxiety.

While there are several prescription products on the market to relieve anxiety, they all come with various side effects. Hemp-derived CBD is a great alternative because there aren’t any negative side effects and, the THC levels are low enough to where you won’t experience any psychoactive effects.

Whether you choose Broad Spectrum (non-detectable levels of THC) or Full Spectrum (0.3% THC or lower), you should feel the benefit of CBD very quickly.

6. Drink more water

On that note, drink more water – always! Water is amazing. It helps with EVERYTHING! Losing weight, skincare, energy, and on and on. So how can this not help your anxiety and stress. 

If drinking water feels boring to you, that’s ok. Infuse some fruit and herbs into your water to give it extra flavor.

Some of our favorites?

  • Cucumber and Mint
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Oranges

Bonus – several of these fruits and herbs also help with detoxing which also help your body feel better!

7. Get ready as if it was a normal workday

Working from home means you’re not seeing lots of people. And if you are, it’s probably via Zoom or another video conferencing platform. Or maybe you’ve been laid off so you aren’t working. Or maybe you’ve been home for a while but still used to go out and see people.

Getting ready in the morning can do a lot for your mood – even if you aren’t going to see anyone in person. It changes your mindset for the day and helps you get more motivated for the projects that you have on the docket (whether personal or professional). 

8. Create a new routine

When we don’t have anything “to do” during the day it can get monotonous. And since we don’t have many places to go it might be time to create a new routine for things to do during the day.

It might look like this:

  • Wake up person holding a cup of cold brew with milk dripping
  • Make coffee (with a little CBD in it)  😊
  • Do a Workout
  • Drink Water
  • Work
  • Take a break for a healthy lunch (and drink water)
  • Sit outside and get some sun
  • Work
  • Make a healthy dinner
  • Have a happy our virtual cocktail with a friend
  • Take your evening dose of CBD
  • Drink Water
  • Get some sleep 

Whatever works for you and your family is perfect. Just make sure you’re scheduling in some downtime for your mental health, some time for connecting with friends and family and taking care of your body with CBD, water and healthy foods.  Please know that although it seems like the COVID-19 pandemic situation has been going on forever, it hasn’t, and life will return to “normal” at some point hopefully soon.  Until then, smile, enjoy the sun and take a moment to enjoy life.  

To Your Health!

 

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