The coronavirus is flooding the healthcare system in more ways than one.
The current shelter-in-place orders are pushing a record number of folks to the breaking point. They’re turning to their doctors for relief… but not because of COVID-19 symptoms.
They’re looking for mental relief… in the form of prescription pills with all sorts of nasty side effects.
And it seems Big Pharma isn’t looking to turn anyone away.
This doesn’t look good.
Because there’s a far more natural way to take care of your mental health while in quarantine… and it doesn’t require a prescription.
Antianxiety drug prescriptions across the country rose a staggering 34% from mid-February to mid-March. In fact, they rose nearly 18% in a single week in the middle of March.
In that same time frame, antidepressant prescriptions jumped 19%. And the number of sleep disorder prescriptions went up 15%.
It’s shocking… and a little depressing.
Before the coronavirus started saturating the nightly news and trapping people in their homes, the use of these drugs had been declining for the past five years.
But all of that’s changed now.
More than three-quarters of prescriptions filled during the week ending March 15 were NEW prescriptions.
And these pills for mental ills deliver a lot more than what most people are bargaining for.
Take antidepressants, for instance. Known side effects include:
- Weakness and fatigue.
And what’s more, prescription treatments don’t just suddenly make depression go away. Figuring out the proper dosage or treatment can take years… and in the meantime, a half-boiled regimen can actually lead to increased levels of anxiety.
Antidepressants have been statistically proven to double the likelihood of violence and suicide in healthy adults.
Plus, antidepressant users have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
These rotten little pills are also habit-forming. And trying to get off of them can lead to months of withdrawal symptoms.
If that weren’t enough, antidepressants have been found to be about as effective as a placebo. So you’re better off just taking a sugar pill and hoping that works instead. At least you won’t have to worry about this laundry list of compounding concerns.
So what’s the alternative?
The best way to get out of a mental slump is to get active.
By increasing our levels of serotonin (the happy hormone), exercise gives us a natural mood boost.
Physical activity also prevents the conversion of neurotoxic stress chemicals. And it relieves anxiety, tension and stress by cueing the body to release endorphins.
A steady diet of exercise has been proven to lead to a 28.3% remission in depression symptoms.
Along the way, a little exercise helps boost production of the endocannabinoid anandamide… To put it simply, the more anandamide you’ve got circulating, the better you feel.
And folks who manage to get some exercise in are far less likely to need a pill to help them sleep.
So exercise will not only help people feel better during the day… but also help them sleep better at night.
But here’s even more good news…
You don’t need to go all out to get the benefits of exercise.
A light jog for 15 minutes is great. Even going for an hour-long walk around the neighborhood will do. A study at Harvard found that either of those reduces the symptoms of depression by 26%.
Of course, be smart and keep your distance from others along the way. But this is no time to become a hermit.
Even dedicating five or 10 minutes a day will be beneficial.
Some simple stretches are a great place to start. Planks are another simple stay-at-home exercise I recommend.
Same goes for the classic push-up. And if either prove difficult, try doing them from your knees.
Depression, anxiety and sleepless nights are perfectly normal during a crisis like this. But it shouldn’t be an excuse to cut another check to Big Pharma.
Sure, it’ll be happy to take your money. But I’d much rather deal with the side effects of some simple exercise than anything its labs have cooked up.
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