We’ve all been there, when your Sunday afternoon turns into evening and you suddenly realise your weekend is coming to an end. A spell of anxiety and dread washes over you like a dark cloud of doom. Pre-Monday, anticipatory anxiety is commonly known as the ‘Sunday Scaries’.
According to a YouGov 2017 survey, 10% of British workers say they dislike their jobs, while 6% say they are in jobs they actively hate.  The reality is, many people around the world are in jobs they dislike but won’t do anything about it because of the financial downturn and the fear of embarking on a risky change. This is a huge contributing factor for anxiety sufferers.
It is the most common mental health problem experienced in the UK.  and according to MIND, mental health charity, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health issue (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week in England.  This has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and is becoming a part of our everyday lives and teleporting us into a ‘new normal’.
Anxiety can affect us more than just psychologically, people really do underestimate the power of the mind and how anxiety can manifest physical symptoms, such as: 
- a churning feeling in your stomach
- feeling light-headed or dizzy
- pins and needles
- feeling restless or unable to sit still
- headaches, backache or other aches and pains
- faster breathing
- a fast, thumping or irregular heartbeat
- sweating or hot flushes
- problems sleeping
- grinding your teeth, especially at night
- nausea (feeling sick)
- needing the toilet more or less often
- changes in your sex drive
- having panic attacks
Anxiey can also include biological changes to the brain, neurochemistry and anatomical changes to grey matter in the right amygdala, where volume increases which is comorbidity for various psychiatric disorders. 
Medicinal cannabis as a treatment for anxiety
In a 2019 Health Europa article, they explore how cannabis combats stress, anxiety and depression. The results of the study showed that patients treated with cannabis saw a significant reduction in their adverse feelings with depression. Symptom’s being reduced in 89.3% of sessions. 
Jennifer Aniston has proudly admitted to using CBD oil to help her with focus, anxiety, stress, and pain. She says she especially likes to use CBD because “it has all the benefits of marijuana without the high.” 
Mental health & COVID-19
The pandemic has affected us all in one way or another, financially, mentally and physically. If you want to make the change and tackle your mental health issues then the time is now. With everything that is going on around us, taking some time to look after our mental well-being is paramount.
- Limit your caffeine intake
- Avoid alcohol and nicotine
- Dedicate some time away from social media