Coping with Anxiety and Stress During COVID19

As we embrace more precautions to ward off COVID-19 many people who are being forced to stay at home might be feeling more anxious and fearful as the days go by.  This newsletter will provide some tips on ways to stay calm and stay well during these troubling times.

  1. How Worrying Helps and How it Doesn’t

Extreme worry puts our body into a fight-or-flight state in which stress hormones are released that help us to act quickly when an emergency rises.  For as helpful as this state of mind is when faced with a crisis that needs immediate action, it can severely wear out our body if we remain on edge for days or weeks.  In addition to fatigue and stress, the exhaustion from constant worry can also severely hinder our immune system making us  more susceptible to catch an illness.  While we all need to have a heightened awareness when going out for grocery shopping or other necessary activities, it’s important that we remain calm and try and keep ourselves busy while staying at home.  This fight-or-flight mindset can also enable us to make irrational or selfish decisions that we wouldn’t otherwise make such as hoarding supplies like toilet paper.

  • One way to ease anxiety is to limit the news that you are reading.  While it’s important that we stay well informed on any major developments in our country and state, it can be difficult to stop reading or scrolling through all of the reports coming in from around the globe.  If you find yourself spending too much time on the news we recommend you set a timer for 15-30 minutes a day so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
  1. Sleep!

Sleeping 8 hours a night is crucial at a time like this when we need to keep our immunity up.
Set a bedtime for yourself and follow sleep hygiene techniques.

 3. Staying On Schedule

     Nearly everyone has been impacted by the current COVID-19 situation with kids staying home from school, employees being asked or allowed to work from home, and sadly employers cutting hours and issuing layoffs.  With such a major disruption it can be difficult to keep ourselves occupied and stay productive.  It’s important for all of us to keep in mind that this is only a temporary situation and that it is only a matter of weeks or possibly months before we can all return to normal.

  • The best way to make the most of your time stuck at home is create a daily routine for yourself.  Not only will a routine make sure you are getting important things done, but it will help keep away any anxiety that might come with having little to do.  If you find yourself with little to do, this is a great time to pick up a new hobby, learn new recipes, or catch up on books, movies, and TV shows you’ve been putting off.
  1. Reaching Out to Family and Friends

     For as troubling as our current situation is, we are all fortunate that we are going through this in the 21st century with nearly universal access to phones, the internet, and Netflix.  While it’s important for everyone to keep their distance physically, this is a great time to reach out to friends you might not have talked to in awhile and to keep in touch with family members.  We especially urge everyone to reach out to elderly parents, grandparents, or anyone you know who has a compromised immune system as they are likely taking this virus very seriously and feeling isolated.

  • Skype, zoom, and facetime are some of the most popular video messaging platforms that let you see the person you’re talking too.  If you are using Skype, Zoom, or facetime with your Wi-Fi you do not have to worry about data usage and can have long calls watching a movie or playing a board game with your family or friends
  1. Support Yourself with Supplements

     This is a time where good health should be at the front of everyone’s mind.  In particular, we should all be making an effort to support our immune system with nutrients like Vitamin C to help prevent any illness.  Here at the Natural Medicine Center we will remain open to answer our patient’s medication and supplement needs.  Below are some of our recommended products to help reduce anxiety and support your immune system.
Anxiety / Stress Relief:

  • Liposomal NeuroCalm – NeuroCalm is a natural product comprised of GABA and L-theanine delivered in a quickly absorbed spray that can help you to relax within minutes.
  • CBD Spray and Dropper – We carry CBD products produced by the company Designs for Health.  Unlike many CBD products that you may see at a gas station or smoke shop, the products that we carry can only be sold through a Doctor’s office as they have a miniscule amount of THC which makes them vastly more effective.
  •  Cerenity and Cerenity PM – These supplements contains GABA, L-theanine and other neurotransmitters which are geared towards easing stress and promoting relaxation.  
  • Shine or Calm Herbal Supplements – These products are produced by Evergreen Herbs, a trusted manufacturer of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Immune System Support Supplements also available at NMC Lakeland:

  • Liposomal Glutathione
  • Vitamin C
  • Oil of Oregano
  • Vitamin D3
  • Multivitamin

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