- New survey finds that working out, watching TV, practicing meditation, and drinking are among the top ways Americans are surviving the coronavirus lockdown.
- Nearly three in four adults believe they’re living a healthier and more holistic life than they were five years ago.
NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic is causing a tremendous amount of stress around the United States. Although Americans may be unified in their anxiety, a new poll says people have many different ways of coping with the crisis.
A survey of 2,000 adults found that exercise is the number one way the country is working out their COVID-19 frustrations. Fifty-two percent of the respondents said a good workout helps calm them down. On the other hand, 42% had the complete opposite remedy for coronavirus stress; they’re watching television.
Other coping methods making the list included sleep (38%), meditating (37%), and having a drink at the end of the day (32%). Further down the list, a quarter of Americans say they’re relieving their stress in the bedroom. More than one in four respondents (27%) admit sex was helping them cope with quarantine. The same number say prescription medication is bringing them relief.
To CBD Or Not To CBD
The survey, commissioned by CBDistillery, found that only 25 percent of Americans are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) as a stress-reliever. CBD is a chemical found in marijuana and hemp that doesn’t contain the psychoactive ingredient (THC) which makes users high. According to the Mayo Clinic, CBD is used as an effective anti-seizure medication and is being studied for use with other ailments too.
Cannabidiol advocates say fewer people are choosing CBD because they’re uninformed about the chemical and its controversial source. Researchers found that nearly half (47%) could not explain what CBD was. Still, 55% of respondents say they’ve at least tried using the chemical compound at some point — and 45% of that group have had to explain to others that CBD “will not get you high.”
Among the Americans who haven’t tried CBD, a third said it was because they didn’t want to get high. Another 23 percent worry they’ll become addicted to the compound.
“The discussion around CBD needs to evolve as more studies and research become available,” argued Chris Van Dusen of Balanced Health Botanicals in a statement.
Among those who had used CBD, more than half of the respondents said they used the chemical to help with trouble sleeping, anxiety, and pain management. Balanced Health Botanicals CEO Chase Terwilliger says research points to CBD interacting with the neurotransmitters which regulate the body’s essential functions.
Living Your Best Life
No matter how Americans of easing their coronavirus fears, the poll says 72 percent believe they’re living a healthier and more holistic lifestyle than they were five years ago.
That approach may be needed now more than ever as respondents say they feel they’re “being their best selves” only 13 days a month.
The survey was conducted by OnePoll.