Here we look at the effects that lockdown has had on us locally and globally, and at how CBD can be used to help us to re-adjust to life post-lockdown and adapt to this ‘new normal’.
As the situation continues to change and develop, we must adjust to rule changes and varying levels of restrictions across the country, checking the rules where we are locally. For many of us, there is a certain amount of fear about catching the virus and the harm it can cause, as well as the worry of protecting not only ourselves, but others, particularly the vulnerable.
- Leaving lockdown and the new normal
- How is this affecting our mental health?
- Returning to work
- Social events
- Adapting to the measures in place
- If you’ve been shielding
- How can CBD help with leaving lockdown?
- The main benefits of CBD
- How does CBD work?
- The best CBD products for you
- Buying cannabidiol tips
- General advice on leaving lockdown
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Leaving lockdown and the new normal
In one way or another, we have all been affected either emotionally, mentally, financially or physically by coronavirus. Nearly every country and community across the globe has experienced some form of lockdown and tight restrictions on daily life as we used to know it, in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.
The UK has currently had one of the highest death tolls on the globe (behind USA, Brazil, India and Mexico) and, as a result, has been in lockdown for a considerable amount of time. Lockdown has had a profound effect on our social interactions, mental health and quality of life.
Some people may feel stressed/anxious of ‘the new normal’. During such uncertain times we are all looking for new ways to make ends meet and new ways in which to interact with our family, friends and colleagues.
How is this affecting our mental health?
For some of us the thought of a pandemic claiming lives is very difficult; others are not as phased or concerned about the impact upon them personally and, for a large percentage of us, we are just really unsure of what is going on.
As time has progressed we have had to adjust to new rules and regulations, which as of this month are still changing as we head into winter. Whilst many feel more or less comfortable within these restrictions, many are left feeling nervous, uncertain and anxious about the future.
We have all heard this new phrase ‘the new normal’ and it brings up an important question - how are we going to return to our lives and integrate ourselves back into the community comfortably and safely?
Returning to work
By now we are starting to adjust to working from home
or we are heading back into the office. For some of us now it is back to the old routine of our daily commute to the office whilst for others, work starts and finishes at home.
While some of us are confident and don't mind being socially distanced contact with others more frequently, there are some of us that are still apprehensive and nervous about the way in which we have to operate in work.
All of the changes can be stressful and tiring for those who are affected by coronavirus or those who are more vulnerable. When we have to work from home this too can drastically affect our work dynamic and can put extra stress on our lives and relationships at home.
For workers who have preferred working from home and are settled into the new routine, getting back to the office may seem unusual to begin with but humans are generally very good at adapting over time. Business owners and colleagues just need to be aware of helping each other adapt and making it as simple as possible.
Anxiety, stress and depression become more prevalent when we lose the freedom to express ourselves and enjoy the things that we are interested in. Examples include:
- Theatre trips
Whilst the regulations and the law are changing in relation to coronavirus and gatherings throughout the UK, always check the current guidance to ensure that you are adhering and not risking fines and interventions.
As we see people again, it can take some time to get used to face-to-face interactions but go easy on yourself and take the time that you need to adjust.
Adapting to the measures in place
We will find ourselves having to constantly adapt to the existing measures and be ready to adjust to changing rules and recommended procedures as they develop.
This level of uncertainty and change is not something that we usually have to manage and can cause us to feel uneasy, but it’s important to be kind to yourself and look after your wellbeing.
If you’ve been shielding
Reemerging into an unfamiliar world post-lockdown can be challenging and intimidating. If you have been shielding then, more than likely, it is for health reasons.
New systems for public safety are in place but it may be a concern that people around you will not social distance. Returning with this in mind can take courage and patience because of increased risk of infection.
How can CBD help with leaving lockdown?
Just as CBD may have been helping people staying at home
in lockdown, it can also help as restrictions change. During such unnerving times a natural health supplement like CBD can provide relief, relaxation and rest. The World Health Organization (WHO) state that CBD causes no detriment to our health and poses no potential for addiction.
CBD has shown to have many health benefits and effects; using a natural product like CBD can be beneficial both mentally and physically and provide us with a feeling of balance and stability (two feelings which a lot of us may have missed during these unprecedented times) in our daily lives.
The main benefits of CBD
CBD has been shown to have many uses that provide much benefit to our body and mental wellbeing. It can be used to help treat many illnesses and ailments such as (but not limited to):
- Parkinson's disease
- Anxiety and stress
How does CBD work?
The cannabinoid CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system
which is responsible for the regulation of our physiological and cognitive function. Our endocannabinoid system is found throughout our body in both our central and peripheral nervous systems.
When we take CBD it binds to two known receptors called CB1 and CB2. It is this interaction that triggers response from our body and provides us relief from unwanted symptoms.
The best CBD products for you
CBD is a very diverse product capable and can be taken in a number of ways, including:
- Oral oils
- Teas and coffees
Each type of product has its individual benefits. Let’s take a quick look at some of the different types:
are tasty products you can eat that contain CBD extracted from the hemp plant! These come in different strengths, sizes and flavours to suit a range of taste preferences and dosage needs. Easy to take on the move or perfect for enjoying at home, there is something for everyone, from gummies to coffee.
Perhaps one of the reasons they are so popular is that they can easily be added to your daily routine without having to change much at all; instead of having a non-CBD coffee in the morning for example, you can switch it out to a CBD cup of coffee.
are a quick and easy way to get your dosage and they come in a huge variety of strengths and purities. They are available as an isolate or a full spectrum oil and can provide long lasting effects.
Some CBD oils are water soluble, others have to be taken sublingually (held under the tongue) while some can be added to food and drink. Shop online and see what works best for you.
Vape and e-liquids
are inhaled through a vaporising pen. It is one of, if not, the fastest working CBD products out there. CBD vape contains some of the strongest, highest concentrations of CBD available on the market.
It is a good choice for someone that needs fast effective relief, however, it is important to bear in mind that inhaling vapour may cause respiratory issues so is not suitable for everyone. As with all CBD, consult your GP or doctor in advance to discuss.
Buying cannabidiol tips
Like buying anything else, it is important to have a quality product from a reputable retailer. CBD is widely available and easily accessible with many leading brands that are dedicated to quality.
Things to look for to find the best product for you:
- Lab tested products
- Reputable retailer
- Good % of purity per ml/mg
- Sustainably resourced hemp
Be sure to browse and seek out the product that suits your lifestyle best. As CBD comes in a variety of strengths, applications and types (isolate, full spectrum etc) consider your individual needs.
General advice on leaving lockdown
It is important for us to be patient with ourselves and to be considerate of others' needs post lockdown. We are going through a difficult period in time and we are not sure how the coronavirus situation is going to progress as we look ahead into the future.
Take your time, give others their space and, most importantly, exercise caution by following the government guidelines. As there are local lockdowns and national lockdowns aren’t ruled out for the time being, focusing on your wellbeing is essential.
Get in touch with our team
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Disclaimer: Please note that you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD products. All claims and effects of CBD have been regulated by the MHRA since 2016 and distributors require a license from the MHRA to make any medical claims. Claims are opinion based and non-scientific, and while we may discuss the opinions people share, they are not our own. Our CBD is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. Although we can advocate its calming & healthy properties it is in no way intended for medicinal use.