Even if you’ve been living under a proverbial rock, chances are you’ve heard about the coronavirus: A highly contagious flu-like virus, also known as COVID-19, that was officially declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and which prompted President Trump to issue a controversial European travel ban in an attempt to curb the spread of the disease.
After making its way to 114 countries (possibly more) and resulting in the deaths of over 4,000 people, the coronavirus isn’t just making people sick — it’s scaring the crap out of them, too. Stores struggle to refill shelves as frenzied consumers stock up on apocalyptic amounts of toilet paper, bottled water, hand sanitizer, and more in preparation for possible quarantines. Schools are shutting down, conferences and large events have been canceled in droves, companies are requiring employees to work remotely, and even the NBA suspended its season after a Utah Jazz player was diagnosed with the disease.
Pandemics of the past have caused their fair share of unrest — remember SARS and the swine flu? — but the reactions of the government, media, and the public surrounding the coronavirus are unprecedented. We keep hearing advice from experts to “stay calm” and “don’t panic,” but it’s hard not to stress when most of us have never experienced something like this before.
We hear you, we’re with you, and we want to help you make it through #coronatime. Here’s how to keep your chill (or at least try to) while the coronavirus runs its course.
Avoid falling down the social media rabbit hole.
If there’s one thing that spreads faster than the coronavirus, it’s gossip. Social media tends to perpetuate the panic surrounding current events, often through exaggeration and misinformation, and COVID-19 is no exception. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the endless scroll of coronavirus conversations, take a break, put down the phone, and do something more enjoyable — pick up a book, take a walk, do some laundry, or literally anything else that doesn’t involve quarantines, travel bans, or face masks.
Use CBD to keep calm and carry on.
If your anxiety is through the roof and you’re feeling extra stressed, consider adding CBD to your wellness routine. Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound derived from the cannabis plant, has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety by impacting our endocannabinoid system. There are a variety of ways to take CBD including oil tinctures, topical treatments, and edibles like gummies. You can take it first thing in the morning when you wake up, or in the evening to help you get a good night of sleep and keep your coronavirus worries at bay.
Meditate and practice mindfulness.
When it comes to the coronavirus, so much of the situation is out of our control. You can, however, control your personal reaction to it by practicing mindfulness and meditation. Meditation is highly effective in reducing stress and combating unexpected challenges. Here are a few easy steps to get started.
Wash your hands, eat healthy, and get plenty of sleep.
We’re still a long way off from developing a coronavirus vaccine, but there are measures you can take to support your immune system in case you do get sick. Washing your hands, practicing good hygiene, and staying home if you’re feeling under the weather seem simple in theory but can go along way when it comes to protecting yourself and others. Eating healthy, antioxidant-rich foods and getting enough sleep can also give your immune system the boost it needs to stay strong.
Do you have any tips for keeping your chill during the coronavirus pandemic? Share them in the comments below, and in the meantime, stay chill with Reverie.