The start of every school year is always chaotic for parents. But now, between online classrooms, managing hybrid schedules and dispensing endless snacks (all while working from home), 2020 has brought on a whole new level of mayhem. Talk about stressful.

Unfortunately, excess stress isn’t healthy for any member of the family. Children need parents to be at their best every day so they can thrive, whether schooling in-person or online.

The circumstances may mean more parents are turning to CBD during COVID-19 in a bid to reduce stress, quell anxiety and get a better night’s sleep. Here’s are some reasons parents might want to consider CBD as they navigate these unprecedented times.

Keep calm 

Parents and children are navigating uncharted territory this year and yelling or getting frustrated isn’t going to be healthy for either. It’s so important to stay calm. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology found that parental hostility such as yelling and nagging can lead to behavioural problems and child aggression over time. That said, a 2018 study found that a combination of CBD and THC helped to reduce stress and anxiety by 58 per cent among participants.

Reduce anxiety

Anxiety, too, can lead to a host of symptoms, such as higher blood pressure, increased heart rate and fatigue. Over time, it has been reported to lead to long-term health problems like heart disease and a higher likelihood of getting sick.

It is key to both remain health and be there for the family. Studies have found that CBD can help reduce anxiety symptoms. It also has been reported to help treat anxiety disorders like panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

CBD may be able to help reduce symptoms of insomnia. / Photo: Tero Vesalainen / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Photo: Tero Vesalainen / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Sleep better  

Parents usually make their children adhere to a strict bedtime on school nights. But sleep regimens for parents are also important to ensure they are sleeping well and will be able to perform well for their children the next day. CBD may be able to help reduce symptoms of insomnia. A 2019 study found that participants who reduced anxiety overall slept better at night, helping to perform better and be more alert the next day.

If only CBD could help solve your children’s math problems, too!

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