How to Make Springtime Enjoyable in a Time of Social Distancing
Spring has finally sprung, and after being cooped up all winter long, there’s no doubt you’re probably ready to step outside, stretch your limbs, and smell the flowers — and hopefully not sneeze along the way!
This spring has unfortunately introduced a new way of living for people all over the world. As of this writing, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused over 44,000 deaths in the United States. It’s impacted jobs, schools, and even the healthcare system itself.
There was already a nursing shortage in the U.S. thanks to the aging of the population. The demand for healthcare is continuing to grow as the baby boomer generation gets older. Unfortunately, short-staffed hospitals and clinics across the country can’t adequately treat everyone who comes in with COVID-19 symptoms. That’s why, even amongst talks of “opening back up,” it’s so important to follow the CDC recommendations for social distancing this spring, which means staying home and not congregating in groups greater than 10.
It’s also important not to make unnecessary trips to the hospital. Taking preventative steps to keep yourself healthy this spring can keep you from getting sick with more “traditional” illnesses like colds and the flu.
When you take care of yourself, you’re less likely to make a trip to the doctor’s office or hospital for help. As a result, someone suffering from COVID-19 may be able to get the treatment they need thanks to an empty room or bed, and a staff member on hand to take care of them.
Allergies are Nothing to Sneeze at
While spring is a great time to enjoy some sunshine and warmer weather, it’s also important to stay safe and healthy so you can actually enjoy it. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and many of these allergies are seasonal. Some of the most common spring allergies include tree pollen and mold, and they can be just about everywhere.
Because you’re likely to spend more time outside in the spring, it’s a good idea to know how you can protect yourself from seasonal allergies and feel better. Your general health and wellness are important, too, especially with the recent coronavirus pandemic spreading across the globe.
So, what can you do to keep yourself healthy and happy this spring?
Relief for Allergy Sufferers
If you’re one of the millions who deal with seasonal allergies, you can help to alleviate your symptoms the natural way, with the use of CBD and other organic herbs.
CBD can help your allergy symptoms like inflammation, mucus, and difficulty breathing in a variety of ways. Using a CBD oil for your allergies can help to:
- Strengthen your immune system
- Ease inflammation
- Ease pain/discomfort
- Help you to breathe easier
If you’re new to CBD or even cannabis, you may be skeptical about how safe it is, especially if you’re smoking it. It’s all about personal preference, especially as you get started. Talk to your local dispenser about microdose edibles to ease yourself into it, and to see how your body responds.
Other natural herbs and plants that can be a big help when it comes to seasonal allergies are:
- Stinging Nettle
While prescription and over-the-counter allergy relief medications can help, and make it easier to step outside in the spring, it’s always better to go the natural route whenever possible. Give some of these solutions a try before you switch to traditional medicine, and see what works for you!
Staying Safe and Healthy Outdoors
If you can manage your allergies safely, spring is a great time to be outside and enjoy the fresh air. Whether you want to go hiking with your four-legged friend (who may also benefit from CBD if they have joint pain or certain medical conditions — just talk with your vet first about the proper dosage!), camping with your family, or just riding your bike around the neighborhood, it’s a great excuse to be more active.
Staying safe outdoors, especially if you’re trying to better yourself, will help you to enjoy the season even more. Not sure how to keep mind and body healthy? The CDC suggests the following healthy habits:
- Get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week
- Make healthy food choices
- Drink more water (and less sugary drinks, alcohol, etc.)
- Get enough sleep
- Be safe in the sun
- Quit smoking cigarettes
If you’re not a cigarette smoker, but you’ve turned to vaping, it’s important to know how that could be impacting your health, too. Some people are allergic to certain chemicals used in vape liquids, and even if you use it with cannabis, the chemicals that carry it to you could be harmful. It’s always a good idea to know the ingredients you’re using, so you can make an informed decision on whether vaping is right for your overall health.
By taking care of allergies naturally, staying active, and making healthy choices, and being smart during these strange and uncertain times, you can make the most of your spring and feel better than ever, all season long.