Working from home for most of us now is our only option. Most workplaces are closed due to the restrictions on movement and the obligatory self-isolation being enforced by the Government and police. Our society is working through the Covid-19 pandemic and, in order to stem the increase in cases, we have been told to work from home where possible and isolate ourselves from our social groups and families. Here we are going to discuss the many benefits of using CBD as a supplement to support us, both mentally and physically, while working at home during this challenging time.
Why is CBD a useful supplement?
- It is a natural product
- It is tailorable to our needs
- It is easy to add to a daily routine
- It comes in many forms to suit your requirements
We will look at how CBD can aid us in productivity and help us to manage our workload at the same time as looking after and maintaining a healthy household. Once the lockdown is eased and we start to return to normality, the benefits and advice will still be applicable to anyone who regularly works from home.
How our work life has changed with Covid-19
Worldwide, people's lives have been turned upside down; no longer can we travel unnecessarily or commute to the usually buzzing office. The impact that Covid-19 is having on a personal and global level is shocking. Many families are struggling to get by, businesses are going bankrupt and our NHS is being stretched. If we are lucky enough to be able to do our job from home we can still earn and provide for our family during this troubling time, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is easy. The restrictions on freedom of movement and the interruptions it is causing to our usual routine may be creating stress and anxiety where it wouldn’t ordinarily exist. The pressures of running our normal household are usually aided by our routine. For example, a “normal” day can be something like this: wake up, have breakfast, take the children to school, commute, work, commute, pick up the children, dinner, unwind, sleep and repeat. That is not to say we all have children or all have the same routine, but our day does have a structure. Think for a moment about your commute, do you sing in the car or ‘people watch’ on the tube? Do you read a book or the daily paper? What we have on our way to work isn’t just an inconvenient journey (as much as it can be), but it is time out, time away from our beloved spouse or children. We all need some ‘me’ time because without it, we can feel powerless or unmotivated. Whilst in ‘lockdown’ we need to find innovative ways to stay productive, keep our minds busier and fill our day with activities. During the Covid-19 pandemic we need to be calm and we need to be patient.
How can CBD help you work from home?
When we analyse the benefits of CBD (that is cannabidiol - one of the active compounds of cannabis), we can see that the possibilities are nearly endless. We can take CBD for an array of ailments and illnesses, to support us through disease or ease the symptoms of viruses, stress and anxiety. Here is a list of things that CBD has the potential to help with, such as easing symptoms:
- Pain relief
- Parkinson’s disease
- Bacterial infections
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
This is not the limit for CBD; when we apply it to our individual routine we can tailor CBD products to benefit us for nearly anything we like. CBD aids us in prolonging physical performance, as well as helping us to relax amongst improving other aspects of our lives, so it really is down to us how we choose to take it. Working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic can contribute to extra stress or increased distractions. In order to be able to work efficiently and maintain a healthy home-life we need to organise ourselves somewhat differently than normal, and CBD can help.
CBD and your work from home routine
Get more from exercise
Getting our daily exercise is the perfect way to use pent up energy and release endorphins, which are part of a quartet responsible for happiness. Did you know that CBD can interact with our dopamine receptors and plays a role in regulating aspects of behaviour and cognitive responses like reward-seeking behaviour and motivation? Dopamine is another one of the quartet responsible for happiness. Taking CBD for exercise at home during isolation could be the answer to extend your indoor workout or reduce aches and pains that come along with it. Having regular exercise as part of a routine helps break up our day, get our blood flowing and release some energy. CBD is actually endorsed by many professional athletes and is used to reduce blood pressure and fight or prolong the feelings of pain and inflammation associated with extended physical activity. It was removed from the world anti-doping agency’s list of banned substances in 2018. Read our guide on CBD and home workouts, which includes a routine to follow as well as advice on which CBD to try.
Improve your focus
CBD helps us to regulate our dopamine levels. It is thought that low dopamine levels can be responsible for attention deficits, because our dopamine levels help control our intellectual capacities. CBD acts as an “inverse-agonist” at the GPR6 receptor, CBD boosts dopamine levels in preclinical studies. Read more about dopamine depletion here. We are able to use CBD to increase our ability to focus. This means at a time where we may get increasingly distracted by our pets, children or television, we can use CBD to help us knuckle down and finish our projects, meet our deadlines or get those drafts and emails typed up.
Get better sleep and relaxation
Two of the most important and overlooked aspects of our lives are sleep and relaxation. Without them we cannot function; we are irritable, tired, unhealthy, stressed and highly unapproachable. If we want the best for our siblings, loved ones, housemates and roomies, we need to have the right amount of quality rest Trapped inside our houses and apartments during a pandemic, like Covid-19, with our nearest and dearest can be challenging at best, so it’s beneficial to look for new ways to help us unwind and get off to a good night's sleep. Cannabis has been used across continents for thousands of years for shamanic, medicinal and recreational uses. Although not a medicinal treatment, the technological advancements of extracting CBD from cannabis to create beneficial and non-psychoactive products are new and the results are astounding. If your sleeping difficulties stem from pain or worry, then CBD may help to manage pain and relax your mind so that you can fall asleep more quickly and for longer. You’ll probably take CBD oral oils to help with sleep, although there are a range of different options available; whatever you choose, take as advised by the manufacturer before bed.
Stress is our body's way of reacting to a threat or a demand. It is what powers our ‘fight or flight’ instinct, what drives us to meet deadlines and gives us strength to defend ourselves. Stress in the long run is detrimental to our physical and mental health and affects those who surround us. Let us have a look at what some of the external causes are:
- Busy lifestyle
- Financial issues
- Major life changes
- Relationship difficulties
- Issues with children
- Not being able to accept uncertainty
After looking at what can cause stress, it is clear to say that Covid-19 will have an impact on our lives and our stress levels. Having a natural, tailorable product like CBD can be our answer for good mental wellbeing and helping us cope with the stresses of being locked down, therefore making for a more comfortable and manageable lifestyle when stuck at home. CBD helps prevent overstimulation of our CB1 receptor by increasing our body's production of endocannabinoids. Research shows that CBD can help to relieve OCD and other anxious behaviours . Chronic stress can be liable for reducing the size of our brain by doing damage to our neurons, even though our brains have capacity to regenerate certain areas. CBD is proven to stimulate growth of new neurons which leads to reduced anxiety. This shows that CBD can potentially help counteract the damage made by chronic stress.
What types of products are available?
CBD products are available in a huge variety of forms, in many strengths and sizes, flavours and applications. This includes edibles ranging from teas and coffees, right through to chocolate and gummy bears, which are easy to add to your routine. There are topical balms and lotions to help with pain and inflammation for relief from but not limited to chronic pain or sports injury. These can be applied directly to the skin for direct effect. CBD is also available as vape liquid or vape additives, which are hugely popular. The flavour diversity will blow your mind and the variety in strength means that there is something to suit everybody’s needs. As you shop online, check the strengths and concentrations as well as suggested dosage; the measurements are usually mg per serving and percentage of purity.
General tips on successful home working
As humans we crave routine and we thrive on knowing what we will be doing, where and when. It is important for us to feel safe and by having a routine we can feel comfortable and simplify our lives. We can better schedule things we need to achieve and in doing so make the goal much more attainable and make it possible to fit more into our day.
It is important for our mental well being to be physically well. Exercise and physical activity release endorphins and other chemicals in our bodies that make us feel good. We pump blood containing oxygen and vital nutrients around our body delivering it to the places we need it. Make exercise part of your routine for a healthy body and mind.
Family activity and alone time
When we are cooped up, living on top of each other and spending each minute together, we need to set boundaries. Set aside time to spend together and apart. Organise to sit down for meals and set aside parts of the day for activities you can do alone or together. An exercise rota can be a good idea; perhaps make a competition or rewards for completing your daily exercise. Delegate certain hours for enjoying the TV shows you enjoy but your spouse or siblings don't. We all enjoy being together and also being alone, be patient with each other and understand that we are all in this together. Respect your loved ones and friends and this will help create a healthy environment to live.
Contact ICE Headshop
Our team is on hand to help advise on any of our products and to provide assistance wherever we can. Speak to us on the phone or email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Email: [email protected] (24/7/365) Phone: Mon-Fri, 10am - 4.00pm Phone orders: 01626 903101 General enquiries: 01626 903102 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.