As 11 million Canadians are experiencing high levels of stress as people continue to stay home and isolate during the pandemic, that’s 1 in 3 Canadians. So it’s no surprise it’s taking a toll on mental health.
What’s sad is that many of them don’t reach out for help, with over half of people suffering from depression or anxiety will never go see a doctor about it. So we wanted to share 5 ways you can improve your mood, handle stress, and fall asleep faster from home.
- Smudge stick - burning sage can improve your mood, and deal with stress. A research report done by the University of Mississippi shows that white sage can activate receptors in the brain that are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain. It also helps to clear the air of bugs, bacteria, and allergens and those with asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions can benefit from it, although this hasn’t been scientifically proven.
- Light therapy - placing a light box on your desk will mimic outdoor light and help reset your body sleep and waking cycles. Exposure to this light may help certain people fall asleep earlier or sleep in later. Not only is it great for sleep, but it helps anyone with a depressed mood.
- Blue screen glasses - help to block out the blue light from our computer screens. One study done by the University of Houston found that participants wearing the glasses showed about a 58% increase in their nighttime melatonin levels. Michelle Beauregard, Founder, Quietly says “I’ve been wearing glasses that block out blue light for two years now, and the days I don’t wear them I notice it, I have headaches, my eyes are strained, and I’m wide awake at night.”
Mineral water is rich with magnesium, calcium, potassium, and even iron, but the water we drink is purified and missing a lot of these minerals. Drinking mineral water can help improve your sleep and mood, as the minerals act as an electrolyte and can help manage blood pressure, muscle contraction, blood flow, muscle cramps, fatigue, and dehydration. Making mineral water can be as simple as infusing your filtered water with earth-derived minerals, which helps clean the water and makes it taste great too.
- Weighted blankets are an important medical advice that’s been around since the 1990s and originally designed for people living with autism, PTSD, and sensory issues. It uses a therapeutic technique that gives a deep pressure stimulation to relax the nervous system. It provides numerous benefits to someone’s health including improving pain, sleep, anxiety and mood by increasing happiness hormones.