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A 3-Step Plan to Combat COVID-19 | Corona Virus

With the entire world in a state of “on hold” due to COVID-19, times are stressful—more stressful than usual.

We want to help. At Fusion Farms, we care about the well being of our fellows and want to do everything that we can to improve the situation.

That is why we are offering 30% off all of our CBD products. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to buy and use Fusion CBD products.

Because, let’s face it, though stress is a key factor in survival (you need adrenaline to get away from a tiger chasing you right?), too much stress is not good for your health.

Emotional stress (like the stress everyone in their right mind is experiencing to some degree right now) can weaken the immune system. Emotional stress that hangs around for weeks or months (sound familiar?) can also cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and even heart disease.

While on the surface staying home from work may not appear stressful, there is a lot about it that is.

The Stress of Fighting COVID-19 from Home

Staying at home brings its own challenges.

Parents are faced with closed schools. At a time when schools across the country are closed, parents need to somehow keep their kids’ education moving forward, or at least prevent their kids from turning into screen zombies from watching Disney Plus all day. Many parents are doing this on top of figuring out how to work from home.

Stress for people who fall into one of the risk categories for coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on the limited information they have currently, people at higher risk for COVID-19 include people:

  • Aged 65 years and older
  • Who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • With chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • That have serious heart conditions
  • Who are immunocompromised
  • With severe obesity or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease.

Anyone in one of those categories or who is close to someone who is facing additional stress right now.

Uncertainty for employers and employees: There is an unprecedented level of economic uncertainty as people work from home are unable to work at all, and everyone waits for the world to return to normalcy.

Even with all of the above stress factors, there are many things people can do. We have created a simple, 3-step plan to follow to help you get through this pandemic.

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Step 1: Breath and Relax

First things first, relax.

There are many things you can do to relax. In fact, we recently did an article about 8 things you can do to relieve stress. This article outlines a holistic approach with a variety of options like exercise, meditation, and CBD. You can read the whole article, but for your convenience, we pulled out a few of the most pertinent points.

  • Meditation: Medication is a great way to decompress. There are all kinds of mediation styles, including mindfulness and yoga, so one may be just right for you.
  • Exercise: Exercise is a great way to work off anxious energy and it’s good for you! In response to COVID-19, some gyms are even offering free at-home workouts online!
  • Be productive!: While it may be tempting to binge-watch every show on Netflix or Disney Plus, there are plenty of productive things that you can do during this time. Plus, if you are not also trying to work from home (which is the case for many in the service industries) you can take this opportunity to do things that you normally don’t have the time to do. This includes things like:
  • Cleaning the closet: Getting rid of unused items will give you a whole new lease on life!
  • Cleaning in general: Not only does a clean environment lift your spirits, but it also fits into suggestions by the World Health Organization for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. (More on this below.)
  • Read!: Take this opportunity to catch up on your reading or learn something new.

Consume Items High in Antioxidants

Make sure that while you are at home, you are eating healthily. Harvard Health Publishing report that anxiety may be correlated with lowered antioxidants in the body. So, eating foods high in antioxidants may help ease anxiety.

Foods high in antioxidants include:

  • Beans – Top antioxidant beans (in order) are: red beans, red kidney, pinto, and black
  • Berries – Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries ranked highest
  • Fruit – Plums, oranges, dark grapes
  • Nuts – Walnuts and pecans. Walnuts have twice as many antioxidants as most other common nuts.
  • Vegetables – Artichokes, russet potatoes, and kale are top choices
  • Dark chocolate – the higher in cocoa content the better
  • CBD Oil –An anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. Inflammation and low oxidation levels are both associated with anxiety. CBD supports the body naturally. It works with the endocannabinoid system which regulates homeostasis (balance) in our body.

Why is it important to avoid getting stressed out?

The last thing we want to do is to stress you out about being stressed out. What we do want to do is give you some good reasons to focus on chilling out and keeping your head.

It is a well-documented fact that excess stress leads to health issues. Stress also does the following.

  • It makes it hard to control your emotions. With everyone cooped up at home right now, being kind and calm is more important than ever.
  • Stress can damage your heart. According to the American Institute of Stress, the number of heart attacks and sudden deaths increases after major stress-inducing incidents, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. So during this pandemic, do what you can to keep calm.
  • Stress can make you gain weight. Ever heard of “stress eating?” Ever done it? Most of us have. With everyone staying at home and the refrigerator only steps away, this is more of a challenge than ever.
  • Stress weakens your immune system. There is a strong connection between the mind and the body. Stress puts high demands on the body which weakens the immune system. This makes one more vulnerable to colds, infections, and COVID-19.
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Step 2: Do What You Can

Although there are about 35 organizations working hard to develop a vaccine, at present one does not yet exist.

In spite of this, there is actually a TON you can do to keep you and your family safe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) offers this advice.

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

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Step 3: Be Kind

Be kind is its own step because, the truth is, it is incredibly important. It is so important in fact, that the World Health Organization even created a downloadable graphic about this specifically (see above).

Be kind to the family or roommates you are quarantined with. This is tough for everybody.

Be kind to your fellow citizens by following recommended guidelines to keep COVID-19 from spreading. This is a global team effort.

Be kind by reaching out regularly to friends, family, and coworkers. Let them know you care. Help them by giving them accurate information and encouraging them to do things they enjoy.

It is important to realize that as difficult as the COVID-19 pandemic is, society is in a better position than ever in history for dealing with a health crisis.

Connected Now More Than Ever

In previous times, society had nowhere near the medical capabilities we do today. not to mention the fact that earlier quarantines were far more absolute. With cell phones, Facetime, and a myriad of virtual platforms, we are more connected than ever.

Finally, there are currently over 44,000 known cases of COVID-19 in the US. It is important at this time to be kind to those individuals and families that are affected. Do not allow yourself or others to stigmatize any group of people. We are all in this together—finger-pointing is, well, pointless.

If you are interested in adding CBD Oil to your holistic wellness toolkit or the toolkit of your friends and loved ones, we just made it easier. You can take advantage of our 30% discount to get high-quality CBD products for you and your friends here.

In closing, Fusion Farms and Fusion CBD would like to wish you the very best during this time. We are here to help.

“In the end, it will be ok, and if it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”

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