Mental Health Tips to Save You from Christmas Depression!

Long, cold, and snowy winter evenings fall into the list of the most unpleasant things, and only the laughter and warmth of family and friends gathered together can improve the situation at least a little. Well, this was the case for the last year and many years before - the reality now is far different. This year, the world will be visited not only by Santa Claus but also by the extremely contagious virus, which has forced millions of people to spend the happiest celebrations at home and alone. What to do so that the house does not turn into a kingdom of sorrow during Christmas? We at Biomedicanna decided to share some tips that will save you from holiday depression and the meanest of them all – the Grinch!

What is Holiday Depression?

During Christmas, everything seems to be elevated: even the smallest, least important things and details are getting decorated, and every corner both in the city and at home must shine brightly. Emphasizing festivities make people forget how much time and effort it takes to prepare for Christmas and New Year, and here we are not talking about physical preparation. As the mentioned celebrations are always associated with joy and love, holiday depression quickly robs both of these emotions out of every living spirit and leaves no place for mental health. The widespread depiction of Christmas forces us to set too many and too high expectations for ourselves, which often fail even before we manage to blink.

In 2020, the situation got even worse due to the Coronavirus pandemic crushing people’s hopes and dreams; therefore, it should come as no surprise that the already high level of holiday depression in the world is even higher. Besides, as people usually spend this Festive season meeting friends and families, get-togethers cannot do without the consumption of alcoholic drinks, which only exacerbates the situation and evokes negative thoughts even more. Sadly, holiday depression and the beginning of the New Year are the equivalents of getting up from the bed by stepping the wrong foot on the ground - it makes people feel worthless and depressed, lost in hope, experience high levels of anxiety.

Is There a Cure for Holiday Depression?

Well, do not get your hopes too high - holiday depression is not a sickness that can go away after taking only a few pills every day. If you think that holiday depression vanishes out of one’s life after the festive period, you have never been more wrong in your life. Holiday depression and any mental health problems must be taken very seriously and treated only under the supervision of medical professionals. Mental health experts before prescribing any medication to the patient, will always offer considering therapies and try to talk about the problems. Of course, talking about everything that worries you is a great help; however, some patients are often too scared to think about their actual problems, so a way to solving them is never easy. 

Is There Any Chance You Might Help Yourself?

Of course, there is! We decided to concentrate more on a different approach and help everyone by offering them several tips on what to do during Christmas so one’s mind would be too busy to think about negative stuff. We first advise you to create a daily routine involving enough sleep, time for eating, doing sports, and pampering yourself with natural body care resources ! And now let’s talk about mental health-improving measures meant only for spending Christmas alone!

If we ask the people with whom they associate Christmas, many will answer that they can’t imagine celebrating it without home-made food! Even if your chef skills are not that incredible, only you will be able to complain about eating different Christmassy dishes. Start with ordering food preparation sets, which come with every ingredient and a recipe you may need to come up with a delicious meal. However, cooking requires not only ingredients or recipes but also a pinch of imagination and creativity, and there is no better way than to elevate these skills by preparing Christmas gingerbread biscuits! Even though you may have tasted the same meals prepared by your mother during the Christmas period for many years, do not be afraid to try something new this season and create your own festive kitchen traditions!

National lockdowns during Christmas made it difficult to communicate with other people eye to eye - modern technologies come in handy as they help maintain connections even if thousands of kilometres are in between two people. We advise you to try to connect with other members of your family by having a nice Christmas Eve dinner while facing each other on a group video call!

As a phone call can be a helpful solution, one should not forget that during Christmas, you can also show attention to another person by giving gifts. It is not that significant what exactly you will gift them as the main focus is on safe shopping online and delivery. Do not forget to protect both yourself and your loved one – choose gifting health  as it is the only thing that you cannot buy. Besides, a strong immune system and overall health nowadays are really important.

Christmas cosiness in the home depends not only on the variety of tastes but also the sound and smell. Music can be a great backdrop for both baking various delicacies and engaging in other activities while you are home alone. We are not forcing you to listen to only Christmas songs during the season as they can only irritate us even more - try to listen to something acoustic or classical as these music styles have proved to be the most calming. In terms of smell, all the house will be full of the smell of baked goods, but in case you do not like it, try burning scented candles and not food in the oven. Order different scented candles from online retailers or invest in a modern scent diffuser, in which you can pour essential oils. It takes only a few seconds to fill your home with pleasant smells and, at the same time, precious memories!

Although it is quite easy to give in to the shopping mania during Christmas, we advise you to think about what you need the most. We mentioned rewarding yourself several times on purpose – being healthy, in terms of mental health, begins from listening to what your body and soul actually need. Sometimes all you need is to relax and be left alone with your own thoughts. More joy, especially when experiencing holiday depression, is given not by material things but by small moments and hope that every bad thing will sooner or later pass.


Tips and Lists for National Lockdown? Yes – Do Not Stress!

Oh no… Did it really happen one more time?! Quarantine has again decided to visit us. Now we have to sit at home between the four walls and survive national lockdown’s arrival for as long as it takes. Such a situation forces us to cut all unnecessary social contacts with other people and watch the world safely from our home window. As even the least significant unpleasant situations and twists and turns make us feel irritated, such a routine can make everyone go crazy very fast. It’s a responsible thing to stay at home; however, stress does not add health to our organisms. We love each Biomedicanna friend very much and do not want them to feel stressed, be unhappy, or get sick – we have prepared you a list of seven great ways to spend time at home, which will make you forget about the Coronavirus pandemic and stress at all!

Tip No. 1 – Greet Mornings with Exercise

Getting up in the morning to go to work is hard. In the face of a pandemic, getting up in the morning and then working from home is even more difficult as few steps away, your cosy and fluffy bed waits for you come back. It’s time to wake up! Start each stress-free quarantine morning with an exercise lasting at least a few minutes – stretch stiff muscles, reach the toes with your fingers, do a few push-ups and sit-ups, or jump into pants while listening to your favourite song! Every type of exercise works as long as you are doing it right. Our team advises you to spend some time researching the internet before planning your work-out regime. There are many videos of experienced trainers showing every exercise and explaining its benefits to your body. In case of not so much determination to exercise on your own, find online sports communities, register for live work-out broadcasts, and start shaping your body for after the quarantine now! We cannot imagine our mornings with meditation, yoga, and Pilates!

Tip No. 2 – Have a Healthy Smoothie Afterwards

Sports can be exhausting sometimes; therefore, after the morning workout, you must reward your body with a healthy and tasty breakfast. We all know stories about what foods and dishes do professional athletes eat daily, but let’s admit some of those recipes are pretty strange and require exquisite cooking skills. Nevertheless, there is one thing that neither ordinary people nor top-level athletes give up – it’s healthy green cocktails and smoothies! Such drinks are often thought about as energy and vitamin bombs – mix every type of vegetables, fruits, and berries in the blender and enjoy a tasty beginning of the day. Search the internet again, and there you will definitely find many delicious, quick, and easy recipes. We at Biomedicanna advise you to add a few drops of natural and organic CBD Oil into your everyday smoothie to make it even healthier – regular use of CBD helps lower the levels of anxiety and depression, relieve stress, and boost the immune system. Besides, our best smoothie mix contains frozen bananas, mangoes, cherries, peaches, oatmeal, almond milk, and – of course – CBD Oil Drops!

Tip No. 3 – Play a Little Game with Your Mind

It is easy to immerse yourself in the daily worries when all days of the quarantine feel the same. Medical researchers found out that long periods of nowhere to go, no one to talk to, and nothing to do harms our mental health and makes us lose our social skills – we are becoming less and less exciting and happy, dark, and sad thoughts become our daily friends. In case this happens, you need to banish such thoughts out of your brain and occupy your mind with intellectual games and activities instead. We are best in giving fun and joyful bits of advice – invite your quarantine friend to play some board and card games, do puzzles, or crosswords! Mentioned activities reinforce connections between our brain cells, improves thinking speed, and helps protect the brain from aging up. In general, games such as chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, Risk, Cluedo, Uno cards, or even charades and Pictionary keeps our bodies and minds young by making them work harder than ever!

Tip No. 4 – Grab a Book in Your Hands

A national lockdown has actually saved you loads of time without having to commute to work every day; however, it’s up to you how you will spend them. We advise you to spend some free time with books in your hands - quarantine is the perfect time to actually finish at least several books from your reading list. Reading allows us to instantly travel to different cities and continents, the future and past; those pages makes us fall in love with some characters and envy the others. Most importantly, books keep us busy, and let’s forget about life with a dangerous pandemic right beside. If reading a book is not for you, maybe listening for one is? We advise you to try list audiobooks or various podcasts, which encourages multitasking and fill our heads with more exciting thoughts than doing dishes, laundry, or hoovering the carpets. In our home libraries, you may find some of the best-written works including, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Catcher in the Rye by Jerome Salinger, and many more – start your reading journey to stress-free quarantine with three masterpieces!

Tip No. 5 – Pamper Yourself with Love and Self-care

Quarantine is a tough opponent to fight against; therefore, we have to be the best versions of ourselves. Even if you may not need to meet with other people at this time, you should not neglect the way your skin, hair, and overall body looks. Spending an entire lockdown dressed in comfortable pyjamas is nice but, at the same time, is very unproductive. It is especially important to find a bit of time every day to be in peace with yourself. Self-care is a real stress-relieving deal, which usually includes a foamy hot bath, homemade body scrubs, fancy serums, expensive masks, and a glass of your favourite drink! Here at Biomedicanna, we love our teammates and friends as much as ourselves. We advise you to enrich your everyday self-love rituals with natural essences and oils, organic cosmetics , and eco-friendly solutions as caring for your wellness must not hurt Mother Earth.

Tip No. 6 – Have a Movie After Dinner

Like a cherry on the cake, yet another quarantine day must end with a good movie. Decorating your home to remind at least a bit of a movie theatre and ensuring all necessary snacks are in place protect us all from the stress and makes us doubt quarantine really happening. However, we are quickly brought back into reality as the time comes to choose what we will be watching today. Internet movie platforms and streaming services have a variety of blockbusters to offer, so our job is to make this process easier. We advise you to spend quarantine watching real classics – The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, Schindler’s List, or Forest Gump. Yes, these four movies can make you cry and even more stressful than lockdown has made you already, so let’s watch some comedy movies instead. Turn your TV’s on for Life Is Beautiful, Untouchable, Amelie, or one of the newest hits, Parasite – we recommend only the best!

Tip No. 7 – Binge-watch TV Series

Let’s face it - one movie may sometimes be not enough for true cinema lovers. However, one night in the quarantine may be just enough to finish an entire season of a really great TV series. We are guilty of choosing to have several sleepless nights and watching new episodes of our favourite shows instead, too. Taking us to mythical lands, showing us how to fight against dragons and go to planets far away, some of the best TV series will take more than several nights to finish. We personally love Game of Thrones, Suits, Stranger Things, The Big Bang Theory, and, of course, legendary sitcom Friends! Real and sincere laughter, best actors, and unexpected turns of events are what you need for a fun quarantine experience and levels of stress dropping down in the blink of an eye.

Seven tips in one day can be too much if you have a busy schedule, have to work, or study for the larger part of your average quarantine day. We advise you to try at least advice every day of the week – stay safe, healthy, and stress-free!


Invisible Danger: I Caught Virus, and Virus Caught Me

Achoo! What if we told you that sneezing is good for your health? In reality, you should not feel embarrassed if a loud sneeze occurs in the middle of an important meeting. Sneezing forces the viruses out of your body and helps the immune system to protect you. But why is it necessary? What can viruses do to your organism if we let them overpower us?

What Make Viruses Special?

Let’s start talking about the nature of viruses from the very basics. The name ‘virus’ derived from the Latin word meaning ‘poison’ – it is the first sign that doesn’t promise anything good about viruses. They are harmful indeed, both to humans and animals, plants, and microorganisms, as viruses need any host cell to grow and multiply. Once they make their way into a living organism, viruses can cause various diseases: measles, rubella, chickenpox, herpes, hepatitis, etc. Even though several of these sicknesses already have been managed as a result of available vaccinations, many of them were fatal for a long time as microscopic technologies were less powerful and, at that time, did not allow thorough investigations of viruses. Technological development gave virology specialists a chance for a closer look at viruses, which were already known to be smaller than bacteria. There are five types of viruses known based on their structure: helical, icosahedral, prolate, enveloped, and complex viruses.

How Viruses Appeared on Earth?

We now know that viruses can be found wherever life is; however, microbiologists disagree when it comes to a single theory about the nature of viruses and how they appeared on Earth. There are three main hypotheses which attempt to explain this topic:

How Viruses Replicate and Spread?

Despite structural differences and contrasting theories about their nature, viruses spread the same way by invading living cells. Usually, cells increase their numbers by dividing in two; however, this does not apply to viruses. The virus starts its replication cycle by first approaching the cell and attaching itself to its membrane – this process may sound simple, but viruses are quite clever as they do not approach cells in which they would not be able to replicate. Later, the virus penetrates the membrane by traumatising it, enters the host cell, and starts releasing viral genomic nucleic acid. After this, the actual replication starts, and the genome begins to multiplicate – at this stage viral proteins may modify and differ from the original virus. Lastly, the host cell gets killed by viruses bursting the cell membrane, releasing themselves, and repeating the process over again.

Virus replication explains the process of virus multiplication inside one organism, but how viral disease manages to ‘jump’ from one person to another? There are several ways of explaining the spread of viruses:

How Dangerous Viruses are?

Throughout history, humanity faced many outbreaks of numerous viruses, and some of them changed the lives of millions, if not more. Each virus had different effects, most being very dangerous. Let’s take the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa – the virus jumped from animals to humans and reached a mortality rate of almost 90% of those infected. Spanish flu, which occurred at the end of the First World War, affected slightly less than half of the world’s population and killed around 50 million. However, not only the number of infected and dead people affects the level of virus’ danger – the invention of a vaccine in many cases is the only way to stop the spread of the virus and minimise the risks. As for rabies, the modern vaccine allows specialists to treat the infected person and save his/her life as a failure to receive the vaccine in time means imminent death.

New Threat – COVID-19

As for now, the world is suffering from never seen before crisis called Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 for short. The society first was introduced to Coronavirus at the end of last year when cases in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China, began to grow relentlessly. However, local lockdown failed to control the scale of the virus, and it quickly spread around the world. World Health Organization (WHO) reports that Coronavirus has already affected more than 41 million people worldwide, of which 1.1 million cases resulted in the death of a patient. The most common symptoms of this virus are fever, dry cough, and fatigue, whereas symptoms such as loss of taste or smell and muscle or joint pain effects are less common. Even though virologists all around the world claim that society needs to learn to live with COVID-19, only vaccines can prevent the increasing and consistent spread of the virus. Sadly, there is no approved vaccine yet, so billions of people have to rely on other precaution methods, such as wearing masks, practising social distancing, avoiding crowds, cleaning hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.

How to Avoid Catching the Virus?

Besides already mentioned and successfully working self-protection techniques, we must not rule out the importance of the immune system in the fight against viruses. The immune system is our organism’s defence against all kinds of invisible threats; thus, strengthening the immunity should be everyone’s top priority. One of the most common ways to intensify one’s immune system is by consuming immunity-strengthening foods through a daily diet: lemons and other citruses are a source of vitamin C, which increases the immune system’s effectiveness and has antiviral abilities, fish such as salmon or trout are considered best sources of vitamin D, which helps maintain the balanced immune system. Various additives and store-bought supplements also contribute to the protection and health of our body; however, natural products are way safer to consume. We advise choosing CBD products , which not only may reduce levels of anxiety, relieve depression but also improve the immune system. Versatile CBD oil drops  are gaining their popularity in the fields of strengthening the organism and ensure overall well-being. Different CBD products may have exceptional strengths and abilities depending on the exact formula, but organic materials used in the production process and responsible practises unites them all.

Viruses, the same as bacteria, are dangerous and almost impossible to eliminate permanently. Societies throughout the world must commit to changing everyday habits, which gets practised for a greater good – safety and health of billions. As the journey to safe and long life begins with us and our immune systems, every piece of effort counts.


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