Coping With The Pandemic-Induced Stress & Anxiety

Updated on October 1, 2020
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The impact of the pandemic has been unprecedented, far beyond a large number of deaths and the global economic downturn it has created. The harm is much greater, as mental health has taken a blow at a global scale. A large chunk of the population is struggling with stress and anxiety because of the fear of the virus and the economic downturn. The compulsion for social isolation has made things even worse. The uncertainty continues as the virus continues to be at large and resolution doesn’t appear around the corner. Fortunately, there are ways you can deal with stress and anxiety during this threatening situation. Let us explain some measures that can cope up.

Identify your feelings and accept them

You may have already battled with stress, anxiety, and depression before or this may be your first experience with them. In either of the situations, this is nothing like you may have faced ever before. Right now, the world is going through a collective sense of anxiety. Countless people are jobless and an equally large number are coping with the uncertainty, illness, or the death of a loved one. The need of the hour is to identify these feelings and accept them as a reality rather than trying to deny them. Once you accept the feelings, it will be easier to adapt and start working towards recovery.

Find relief with cannabis

Now that stress and anxiety are parts of life, you cannot depend on medications like antidepressants because they will have side effects in the long run. Cannabis has shown proven efficacy for treating stress, anxiety, and depression, so it is a good time to try a product that works for you. Buying a gigantic bong is a great idea if you want to experiment with smoking for lasting stress relief. Products with higher levels of CBD would be the best pick because they work better with anxiety-related symptoms. The ones high in THC are ideal for creating a sense of euphoria and even block out negative emotions temporarily. It is best to start slow and low because the psychoactive effect of cannabis varies from person to person.

Create social connections

Another vital aspect of dealing with the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic is by creating social connections, something that has been missing for months. As people are working from home and avoiding outings, isolation is taking a toll on mental health. Thankfully, technology has made the problem easy to handle as you can connect with loved ones through video calls and social networking. Be open to sharing your feelings because help will be at hand. Join a virtual community to stay connected at a broader level. A virtual wellness class is also a good idea to reboot your mental health and prevent things from getting worse.

Although the situation is difficult, you can cope up with the negativity well enough by taking the right approach. It’s all about finding help at the right places and doing it sooner rather than later.

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