Many people are facing anxiety as lockdown restrictions ease. After more than a year of partial and total lockdowns, you may have adjusted to the relative security that these restrictions bring. According to an ONS survey, 36 per cent of people would be happier to stay at home rather than face an unlocked, unrestricted Britain.
If you’re one of the people experiencing post-lockdown anxiety, it can be daunting. However, there are some products on the market that may be able to help calm you and give you a break from ruminating thoughts or worries.
Mindfulness and other forms of meditation are some of the best tools to help naturally relieve stress and anxiety. Headspace is one of the most popular meditation apps around and offers features such as bedtime exercises, sleep sounds, a bank of daily meditations and activities to help heal your mind and body.
Meditations are a great way to bring yourself into the present moment, rather than focusing on past traumas or the future worries of easing restrictions. They allow you to be at peace with yourself and the world around you, so you can rediscover your inner strength and resilience.
Gravity blankets, also known as weighted blankets, have been shown to be an excellent way to help relieve stress and anxiety. These blankets are designed to reduce anxiety levels and promote deep sleep. They may be the perfect product to lessen some of the stress that comes with the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Gravity blankets come in a variety of weights, so it’s important to ensure that you choose the right weight suited to you. Many enthusiasts of these blankets have reported that they found their sleep patterns were revolutionised when using them and their anxiety was lessened. If the easing of restrictions is interfering with your sleep, you might benefit from one of these blankets.
For centuries, herbal teas such as chamomile have been a popular way to stay calm and focused. Herbal teas are an affordable option for calming your nerves and they’re widely available. There are even some special teas that have been created to relieve anxiety, such as Twining’s Moment of Calm.
If you’re feeling anxious about going out since the restrictions have been lifted, try taking a flask of hot calming tea with you when you leave the house. If you’re feeling stressed, retreat and take a few moments to sip on the tea and experience its relaxing effects.
Calming essential oils
If your stress levels are raised, try adding calming essential oils to a warm bath. Take some time to soak in the water and allow your anxieties to melt away. You can also sprinkle a couple of drops of these oils onto your bed sheets or pillowcases before you go to bed.
Some of the best oils to use for a calming effect are lavender, sandalwood and jasmine oil. With daily – or nightly – usage, you will likely notice that the trajectory of your stress seems to be on a downward curve, allowing you to feel more at ease.
Incense is extremely calming and it’s perfect for using as a stress buster on its own or alongside meditations or yoga. For a relaxing ambience, try burning vanilla, ylang-ylang and patchouli incense. The most popular incense, nag champa, is also very calming and is often used by yogis.
Burning incense sticks, cones or coils is fantastic for allowing you to be mindful and concentrate on the moment. It is also very cost-effective and affordable. Many different brands of incense are widely available on sites such as Amazon and eBay. You can also often find it on the high street too.
Acupressure mats contain multiple plastic tabs on the top layer. Therefore, when you lie on it, the essential pressure points in your body are stimulated. This can help you to relax and has been reported to help with negative thinking or other mental health conditions. As well as mats, you can also purchase special acupressure pillows for use on your head, feet, neck and your hands.
These pillows are based on alternative medicine which has been used successfully for generations in stress relief, easing depression and improving insomnia. There are various types of these acupressure mats for all sorts of budgets. You can find them available for under £20 and over £70 depending on the type of acupressure mat or pillow you’re looking for.
Cannabidiol or CBD oils are one of the best ways to calm your anxiety and relax. CBD oil has been linked with reducing depression, stress, negative thinking patterns, social anxiety and chronic worrying. If you’re finding yourself increasingly anxious about going out amid the relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, this could really help you to calm yourself and feel much more at ease.
CBD oils are extremely quick and easy to use. All you need to do is to drop a few droplets under your tongue and you will start to experience the stress-busting effects of the CBD. You can find CBD oils in a variety of delicious flavours including hazelnut, coffee, vanilla, mint and mocha to enhance your experience with the oils. CBD products are championed by a variety of high-profile celebrities, including Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Whoopi Goldberg.
As restrictions ease, try out some of these tips to relieve your lockdown anxiety. Remember – you won’t be the only one concerned about things going back to normal, and its important to continue taking things at your own pace.