How to deal with Stress and Anxiety
We are living through unprecedented times caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which quickly escalated from an epidemic in China to a full-blown pandemic. The pandemic has impacted almost everyone in the world, which includes more than falling ill to the virus. Millions of people still have not contracted the virus but have family members with underlying illnesses. According to Forbes, “millions of Americans have lost their jobs. They’ve watched helplessly as their meager savings dwindled away, as they were confined to their homes”. The same article discusses the findings of a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The survey found that 25% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 thought about suicide because of the pandemic. On the other hand, 30.9% of respondents admitted that they feel anxious and depressed because of the pandemic. Everyone has had to conform to a new type of normal such as social distancing, limited interaction with family and friends, and even grief from losing family members and not being able to funeralize them like normal. Children are also anxious and nervous about contracting the virus, and some want to attend school and be around friends instead of a virtual school.
What Can Naturally Help Relieve Anxiety and Mild Depression?
Several fun activities can be done alone or with family and friends to reduce anxiousness and brighten melancholy moods. However, before taking a closer look at those activities, it is important to note that there are natural remedies like essential oils and herbs that give off a calming effect. Did you know that there are natural anti-depressants like magnesium that boost moods and help with mild depression? Sometimes, something as simple as diffusing essential oil, like lavender or cedarwood can naturally make a person relax from anxiety. According to Curious History, “essential or aromatic oils have been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years”.
Essential Oils, Relaxation, and Sleep
Millions of people are already incorporating essential oils into their lifestyle, for the sole purpose of inducing sleep and relaxation. A good night of sleep is one of the most important and restorative processes for the body. A well-rested body can reduce irritability, crankiness, anxiousness, and help with depression. Most people automatically think of aromatherapy when hearing the words, “essential oils”. Aromatherapy is when you put a few drops of essential oil into a diffuser, the diffuser works to spread the oil through the air. Some diffusers run for a few hours while others can be programmed to run all night. You can use a blend of oils for the ultimate relaxation and calming effect. Aromatherapy is not the only way you can use essential oils, because some oils can be rubbed on specific areas of the body for a calming effect.
Different Ways to Use Essential Oils:
Essential Oils That Helps with Relaxation
Herbal Supplements That Helps with Relaxation
Several natural herbal remedies work to fight depression, insomnia, and anxiety. One herbal supplement that has been known to work just as well as a prescription anti-depressant is St. John’s Wort. According to WebMD, “St. John's wort is a plant with yellow, star-shaped flowers and five petals that grow in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern Asia”. Historically, scientists believed a chemical in St. John's wort called hypericin was what helped mild depression. However, more recent studies have found that other chemicals like hyperforin play a more significant role. These chemicals work with messengers in the nervous system to regulate a person’s mood. Ginseng is another herbal supplement that has been clinically proven to reduce stress and promote calmness. There are three different types of ginseng, but the most popular types are the American ginseng and the Asian ginseng. The American ginseng is mainly grown in North America and was used by Native Americans. The Asian ginseng is also called red or Korean Ginseng, but it has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The Asian ginseng is more stimulating than the American ginseng and works better to promote calmness and relaxation, brightening moods.
Activities That Will Help Reduce Stress
How to Promote Calmness in Kids?
Children and parents are worried about schools reopening, but some schools are not going to open fully until after the New Year. Some parents have been tasked with homeschooling their kids and working from home, which is a load of stress. Children who feel high levels of anxiety or stress may revert to earlier behaviors. So, children as old as 8, 9, or 10 may suddenly become clingy and whiny. Toddlers that have been potty-trained may have accidents and wet the bed, while others may start thumb sucking again. What can be done?
Everyone’s situation is different because some have lost family members to COVID-19, while others battle the virus for months. On the other hand, some people have not been ill or lost a family member, but they lost their job because of COVID-19. A healthy diet filled with exercise can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Essential oils, herbal supplements, and activities like mediation and yoga can help as well.