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CBD for Social Anxiety as Covid Restrictions Ease



Life is slowly getting back to normal as Covid restrictions are lifted. Hurray! It’s what we’ve been waiting for, right? However, returning to pre-Covid routines isn’t easy for everyone. Social anxiety is on the rise as people head out and about again, adjusting to the “new normal.”


For some, attending kids’ sports, working out at the gym, and traveling with strangers in planes, trains, and Ubers, maskless, feels more challenging than freeing. Many worry about future Covid outbreaks, while others dread making public appearances after months of wearing pajamas in private.


Don’t worry. These anxious feelings should eventually pass, but if you don’t want to wait, take CBD.


It’s time to get out and get on with your life!


What Are the Symptoms of Social Anxiety?


Social anxiety is a common mental condition that causes extreme anxiousness in social settings. In addition to the worries above, it can be triggered anytime, anywhere for a variety of reasons. For example, when all eyes are on you, and you wish they weren’t—exercising at a public gym, giving a speech or work presentation, attending a party (remember those?), and talking with strangers.


After months of extended time at home, it makes sense that your social skills and confidence might be lacking at first, or you feel nervous in crowded spaces where people aren’t socially distanced.


Do you struggle with any of the symptoms below?


Symptoms of social anxiety include:

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Dizziness

  • Muscle tension

  • Upset stomach

  • Labored breathing

CannActive Life CBD products can help you relax, so you’ll feel calmer and confident out in public.


How Does CBD Help with Social Anxiety?


Cannabidiol (CBD) helps alleviate social anxiety by calming the body and mind. How? The healing cannabinoid interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the nervous system. These receptors play an important role in how our body reacts to stress and fear.


Research has shown CBD may work similarly to anti-anxiety and antidepressant meds by increasing serotonin levels.


Serotonin elicits feelings of happiness, calm, and focus, which helps lessen the stress that causes that nasty nervousness. People with low serotonin levels are more prone to depression and anxiety.


CBD in the AM and PM should do the trick!


And don’t forget to exercise! Physical activity is still the best stress-buster and it’s free!


How Does Exercise Reduce Stress?

Exercise reduces the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, while boosting the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Aerobic exercise—running, biking, walking, swimming—significantly increases the production of these happy hormones:


Endorphins: Pain relief, relaxation, runner’s high

Serotonin: Mood stabilizer, wellbeing, joy

Dopamine: Pleasure, motivation

Oxytocin: Love, trust, bonding


Now, add a daily regimen of CBD to your fitness plan, and you’re going to feel amazing. All those feel-good chemicals and cannabidiol flowing thru your body help dissolve worsening stress before it ruins your day.


Plus, looking and feeling great will give you a huge boost of confidence.


Here’s how CBD can help you achieve your best workout...


CBD for Exercise


Exercise is essential to maintain a healthy body and mind. CBD boosts your energy level and alleviates muscle and joint pain, so you can continue daily workouts without soreness that slows you down.

To keep social anxiety at bay:

  • Exercise daily.

  • Apply CBD cream or salve to achy muscles and joints, pre and post workout, for quick, localized relief.

  • Take CBD tinctures and gummies daily for ongoing, allover pain maintenance.

  • Continue a daily regimen of CBD to build up the healthy benefits in your body.


More Ways to Cope with Social Anxiety


1. Don’t avoid making plans


Avoiding situations that make you nervous might feel good in the moment, but it only delays facing your fears. Start with easy activities— meeting family or friends for coffee—and gradually increase your social plans from there.


2. Get back on schedule


During months of Covid restrictions, your normal habits may have changed or disappeared altogether. Getting back to a familiar routine is helpful to regain control of your life. Even simple things like waking up and going to bed at the same time can make a big difference.


3. Focus on the present

When life gets unpredictable, it’s easy to worry about the future and reflect on the past. Instead of focusing on the “what ifs” and “if onlys” you can’t change, shift your attention to the present.


Enjoying nature, meditating, and relaxing with a good book are great ways to help you live in the moment.


Now, change out of your PJs, make a plan with friends and family, and head out for a fun day!


Conclusion:


A daily regimen of CBD helps alleviate the symptoms of social anxiety, especially when combined with exercise.


“Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.”

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