“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
Such a weird and strange word. Quarantine. it is interesting enough that the definition and the word quarantine itself was first created in Venice, Italy in 1100’s and used just for a couple of times. Knowing nowadays situation, this fact is tremendously scary. Seems like the history itself is making a joke out of this invention. Maybe it would be better if there was no such word at all?
In this article we will talk about how the quarantine has affected our daily life and we will give you suggestions of how to cope with this situation that might have brought you a lot of anxiety, stress, and sleepless nights.
Today's current situation has tremendously changed the lives of many people. Today the quarantine is an international and unfortunately, very well-known definition, as most recently it has been used in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. In such weird times it is understandable if for some people it already sounds like a death sentence, while for others it has a different personal meaning.
For some of us it's great - a lesser part of introverted, artistic people might be happy being at home having their time to do what they want… at last! While some of us take the time-off at home as a satisfying experience full of entertainment, books, and undiscovered talents in the kitchen whilst cooking new recipes, but for many of us quarantine feels especially stressful. Separation from loved ones, loss of freedom, loss of control, uncertainty over disease status and boredom can create dramatic effects. You may experience symptoms that can be easily identified as medical, psychological conditions: anxiety, depression, insomnia, isolation, compulsion, etc. All these ,,quarantine symptoms’’ are the result of this crucial, unnatural situation. It is extreme and unknown, therefore a lot of uncertainty arises in the eyes of great amount of people.
A recent research was made in Knox College, Illinois, where a psychologist, Frank McAndrew, stated clearly:
,,The enforced quarantine is particularly distressing. Being isolated gives one a sense of being at the mercy of other people and other uncontrollable forces such as an epidemic. This leads to a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty about the future that can be very unsettling”
And that is a fact… It is horrifying that a big part of society feels this way. The most important thing is to not be afraid and to look for ways that would help you or your loved one, your family, and friends.
In 2020 March, research by PhDr. Štěpán Vymětal was carried out to find out what techniques could help us find that needed balance and peace of mind during the quarantine. It states that there are some crucial factors:
- Planning and structuring your day, rational focus, and regime
- Being active (It sounds funny and rather controversial when being in isolation, but e.g.solving Sudoku is also an activity)
- Promoting good interpersonal relationships
- Healthy lifestyle
- Positive thinking and calming down
It all concludes that making our way of living healthy, is the most important factor. During a time like this (i.e. quarantine), all the factors listed above might be hard to achieve without any additional or external help. Nevertheless, there are many helpful course-of-actions that can be found to ease your daily routine tremendously.
If you are stressed and anxious and have any doubts in terms of quarantine survival; if it has been an experience, full of anxiety and sleepless nights, you can help yourself and get the immunity for it. Among the bubble baths, Dalai Lama podcasts, yoga practice and meditation, one particular remedy used as an essential ingredient in your daily life might help you deal with this whole situation. A recently found, rapidly getting popular, and a must-have component – Cannabidiol.
Cannabidiol, in other words CBD, is one of 80 important active elements that are found in cannabis plant. It does not make you ‘’high’’ because it's extracted from the hemp plant, moreover it can easily be separated from the THC (psychoactive) compound. It has a full range of good qualities: it helps reducing pain and inflammation, managing insomnia, decreasing effects of anxiety, as well as preventing seizures.
One of the studies in 2010 found that cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress. Brain scans of participants revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to anxiety. In this study, cannabidiol not only made participants feel better, but also changed the way their brains responded to anxiety.
If you or your relatives struggle with insomnia, CBD could be the right choice. It interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system helps to regulate the most important processes in your life e.g. sleep patterns and appetite. If you suffer from insomnia, CBD can be an important and helpful part of your bedtime routine. Before taking sleeping aids, consider that medication may not be the answer, because most of the time, it's addictive in itself. In comparison to medications, CBD oil is a clever solution, as it has no intoxicating and addictive properties.
Another research in 2015 concluded that CBD oil is a promising treatment for numerous forms of anxiety: social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. So, if your sleep problems are linked to anxiety and depression, CBD can be especially helpful and effective. Most importantly, CBD oil is extracted and filtered to make it pure and natural, by keeping all its benefits and raw materials.
The quarantine is the price we need to pay to live our normal daily lives later on. It's true, we cannot change what is beyond our control, but we can change ourselves and our perception of the situation. We might be feeling anxious, depressed, or even grumpy at times, but we can set up a to-
do-list from now on, learn a new recipe, and as Yoda says: ,,Do or Do Not’’, - if needed, do look for help. Do try the CBD oil because in the times like these, it is always clever to look for remedies that can help you feel better. And remember, we always have a full variety of activities to do and wonderful things to achieve and create. Now, we are given the best and most valuable thing in life, which is called Time. Let us use it and make the most out of it!