The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our mental health in ways that none of us could have possibly anticipated. While we’re all having to deal with an increase in fears and levels of stress, many people are also experiencing a greater level of anxiety than ever before. For those who already had existing issues with anxiety, the heightened uncertainties, worries and pressures involved can make things so much worse. But why is it that so many more people are being impacted by increased levels of anxiety?
Anxiety is something that has been growing in today's society for years, but the pandemic of anxiety we are currently facing is seemingly unprecedented. While it may seem as if anxiety has come out of nowhere, experts have identified some key contributors to these increasingly common feelings of worry. Factors such as decreased time outdoors and a steadily rising dependence on technology may be hindering our connection with the surrounding world and each other, leaving us feeling increasingly isolated and alienated from our environment. Other issues like financial insecurity due to a volatile job market might also be causing increased levels of stress and overall unease. By understanding what is causing the pandemic of anxiety welling up in today's society, it should become easier to develop effective strategies for soothing those worries.
In recent years, it has become increasingly evident that our environment is having a major effect on the state of mental health for many individuals. With more people living and working in urban hubs, there is a higher level of noise pollution which can dampen one's sense of tranquillity, leading to feelings of anxiety. The bright lights and overstimulation from technology can be especially taxing on a person’s psyche. Not only that, but levels of atmospheric contamination have been steadily rising due to emissions from industrial activity, giving cause for further anxiety about the well-being of oneself and loved ones. As such, it is imperative that we take responsibility for preserving our planet and caring for each other in order to promote an environment conducive to healthy physical and mental wellbeing.
Anxiety can have an adverse effect on our mental and physical wellbeing, and it's important to try to identify the symptoms and signs indicative of anxiety. People deal with anxiety in a variety of ways, so it's key to be mindful of your own experience in order to better recognize the signs that you may need help. Some tell-tale indicators of anxiety include difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts, disturbed sleep patterns, irritability, decreased appetite or overeating, panic attacks, shortness of breath, and sweating profusely. If these symptoms are significantly affecting your daily life then it could be beneficial to talk about them with a trusted friend or mental health professional. Acknowledging and managing anxiety can help you feel more at peace in day-to-day life.
Anxiety can be debilitating, causing problems in your personal, professional and social life. Fortunately, there are a variety of strategies to help manage anxious feelings. Adding and using CBD oil to that strategy is one of the most popular methods. It helps promote relaxation. Another tool gaining traction among those dealing with anxiety is the use of an anxiety pen. These pens are specially designed to help focus attention on the present moment thoughts and sensations all whilst relaxing. CBD is not proven to cure or treat anxiety. However, having them as tools for managing anxious thoughts can provide much needed help during stressful times.
At some point in our lives, we may feel overwhelmed or find ourselves struggling with difficult emotions that seem too unmanageable on our own. That’s when it might be time to seek out a mental health professional – someone such as a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist who can provide us with the support and guidance we need to cope better with stressors and troubling circumstances. Receiving psychological help doesn’t mean you’re ‘weak’, it means that you have the strength to reach out and ask for assistance when it is needed. Taking this proactive step towards healing can be transformative in turning suffering into growth and self-discovery.
This article is authored by Dr Casey Abrahamsmen. Dr Abrahamsmen is a board certified physician with over 13 years of experience in internal medicine and pain management. He practises Palliative care at a hospital in Venezuela and is a strong advocative for CBD and believes CBD has a major role to play towards healthy non addictive pain management habits. You can read more about Dr Abrahamsmen here.
This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.
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