4 Easy Ways To Get Your Stress Levels Under Control

Because in these unprecedented times, we all need to find a way to exhale.

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Who would have imagined that a single global event would practically write off the year and change our lives forever? It’s actually pretty surreal, even though it’s all we ever hear or talk about. Covid-19 and life under lockdown has caused us all a fair amount of anxiety (understatement of the year), and while the restrictions may be easing, we aren’t out of the woods by any means.

If trying to hold it together has caused you to become moody or hopeless then implementing these simple habits can help you cope better…

Take a morning stroll

If you haven’t already been cashing in on the extended exercise time under Level 3 of the lockdown, then it’s time to get your running shoes out – along with your mask, of course. With the eased lockdown regulations, we have the opportunity to create healthy habits and put an end to your exercise hibernation.

While exercise won’t eliminate the source of your stress, it will certainly help you cope better. And just in case you forgot, we’ll remind you that being physically active encourages the release of endorphins (your body’s feel-good chemicals), and in turn helps lift your mood.[1] Exercise is also known to reduce the intensity of stress, and may help you to view your situation more objectively; so that you can deal with adversity in a more rational way. So, go on and get moving!

Related: Manage Stress Like A Boss In These Unprecedented Times 

Connect with others

While social distancing may keep us apart physically, it doesn’t have to stop us from connecting with people we care about. Various platforms, which include video calls, keep us connected, and may even help us relax. If you’ve become lonely living life as a one-man band, then it’s time to call up your mates, grab a beer (because you can now) and chat about the fun times you’ve had together. Laughter is an excellent stress reliever! A good support network of friends and family can help ease stress. Set time aside regularly to catch up!

Sleep on it

Sleep affects both our mental and physical well-being. Loss of sleep impairs our higher levels of reasoning and problem-solving ability, which includes the way we deal with stress.[2] Consider going to bed the same time each night and getting up the same time every morning. Limit the use of electronics before bedtime and avoid stimulants like caffeine late in the day. A warm bath might be just the relaxant you need and set you up for a peaceful night of much needed rest. If that doesn’t fully do the trick then combine it with reading your favourite book. You’ll thank us later!

Consider CBD for stress relief

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant, and it is known to assist in relieving symptoms associated with stress – including anxiety, muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and poor concentration.[3]

Leading pharmaceutical company, Adcock Ingram (Pty) Ltd, recently launched its flagship cannabis-based range, ADCO CBD, which is designed to help you cope with stress and life in general. The range comprises ADCO CBD PAIN, available in drops (15 ml and 30 ml), capsule and gel format (50 g). ADCO CBD STRESS is available in drops (15 ml and 30 ml) and capsule format, and ADCO CBD DAILY is available in drops (15 ml and 30 ml) and capsule format. Products are laboratory tested, quality controlled, and do not contain sugar or tartrazine.

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1. nhs.uk.conditions.stress-anxiety-depression.reduce-stress
2. News In Health – NIH
3. Mbvundula EC, Rainsford KD, Bunning AD. Cannabinoids in pain and inflammation. Inflammopharmacology 2004;12(2):99-114.

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