- Health & Wellness
by Scott Prisco
Coronavirus is the topic of conversation as of late. Everywhere you turn news stations and people are discussing the pandemic. Some feel optimistic, others are preparing for the worst. According to many experts, COVID-19 is nothing to take lightly! It will not go away anytime soon and will only get a lot worse before it gets better! The Priscotty Pure team is here for you! We did extensive research and put together a list of 5 ways to stay calm during the coronavirus pandemic
1. Asses The Situation & Pinpoint What You Can Control
Within every situation, there are things you can control and things you cant. It is super important to separate the 2. If needed make a list of each on separate pieces of paper.
Take the “things you can’t control” list, rip it up and throw it away. Worrying about these things just creates more stress and takes energy/brainpower away from the things you should be focusing on.
Try a solution-focused coping approach with the things you can control. This means taking action where you are able. The changes can be large or small but they must be targeted. An easy way to do this is to create a plan around your “things you can control” list with targeted goals.
2. Practice Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness is important to pinpoint what you can control. Mindfulness is a practice achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly welcoming one’s feelings, ideas, and bodily sensations. This helps push out negative thoughts and the anxiety that comes with it. Mindfulness is also known to increase self-esteem, which reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression (1).
3. Go For Walks & Runs / Home Workouts
Exercise is one of the best ways to alleviate stress. Not only does it allow you to get fresh air and clear your mind, but exercise lowers a stress hormone known as cortisol. On top of that, exercise releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the body that act as natural painkillers to improve mood. Studies show people who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety and depression than those who do not exercise (2).
4. Take Supplements
There are a couple of great natural supplements on the market that may help relieve stress and anxiety. Here is a list:
CBD – Cannabidiol, since becoming legal at the end of 2018, has quickly become mainstream. As the war on opioids shed light on the negative effects of prescription medication, CBD has become a promising substitute. Many CBD users find it great for relieving stress. In fact, “Studies strongly support CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder” (3).
Passionflower – Passiflora Incarnata Linnaeus (passionflower), is a popular herbal medicine used to soothe the soul. It’s flowers, roots, and berries have been shown to promote positive moods, improve sleep quality and alleviate nervousness (4).
Valerian Root – Referred to as “Nature’s Valium”, has been used since ancient times to promote sleep and reduce anxiety. Once consumed, the valeric acid found in the plant transforms into calming neurotransmitters to relax the body and mind.
Humor is a great natural stress management tool. During anxiety-provoking times people turn to humor to cope with situations. Studies show “laughter can lower anxiety, release tension, improve mood, and foster resilience” (5).
It might be hard to find humor in a bad situation like the one we are all currently in. Try watching a funny movie or a stand-up comedy routine to give yourself a good laugh!
The Bottom Line
Stay positive! You can not control the outcome of the current situation. Stressing and worrying about it only creates more anxiety and panic. Relax, enjoy your time off from work! Use this time to accomplish things you have wanted to get done but never had the time to before!
Get a list of the best supplements to boost your immune system HERE!