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The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, particularly women. Dragonfly was keen to find out just how it had affected womens’ lives and in September 2021 ran an independent Dragonfly CBD poll surveying over 1000 British people.

Sadly, we found that health inequalities between genders continues to rise. Women are much more likely than men to feel stressed and suffer from anxiety, (30% of women vs just 18% of men); most women said they were getting a lot less sleep than before the pandemic began (24% of women vs. 16% of men). And more than half of women noted the pressure to be perfect for example at work, as a partner or parent. As a result, many women are coming out of the pandemic feeling like they’ve simply ‘lost’ themselves.

We invited you to tell us your story. Through sharing we are not alone; we can be ourselves without judgement and make our lives feel better.

Our Dragonfly Women

"I want women to feel proud of the resilience they've shown"

“Women all over the world have been through a huge amount of emotional and physical struggle during the pandemic. It’s really taken its toll on working Mums, stay-at-home mothers, grandmothers, sisters… as they quickly adjusted to survive a new norm. I don’t know anyone who wasn’t affected by it.

I’ve always been a really proactive doer, and like to travel a lot, so I found long periods of isolation tough on my mental health. But what really helped pull me through was my family and the opportunity to reflect back on myself and reconsider my priorities.

Hopefully, with the worst of the pandemic behind us, I want women to feel proud of the resilience they’ve shown and now start to pull back their sense of independence, pursue their careers, and just really find their true selves once again. They deserve it.”

- Radost Draganova,
Dragonfly's Co-Founder


“My life has always been busy. Women are super brilliant jugglers but Covid threw in new balls that nobody was really prepared for and I think, for many, women carried the burden. Many lost their careers, independence and confidence along the way.  

Staying focused and learning to believe in myself throughout my skiing career really helped to pull me through and I discovered how to be more present during lockdown. I take Dragonfly CBD oil everyday now as part of my daily routine. It helps to keep my old skiing injuries in check and I get a really restful night’s sleep. I’ll always be juggling 101 things at once from my career, kids, health to life in general but I’m at my best self.”

- Chemmy Alcott,
Olympic skier and
Dragonfly's Ambassador

"stress and anxiety affect
more women than men"

“Sadly, stress and anxiety affect more women than men. Many factors can contribute to our level of stress; finances, work pressures, children and the desire to look good and keep healthy, to name a few.

To combat anxiety there are simple steps every woman can take to manage their daily stress levels. Firstly, look after your body and brain by eating your five-a-day of fruit and vegetables. Regularly eat protein and introduce some fish into your diet twice a week, particularly oily fish like salmon or mackerel. Boost your diet with a multivitamin that will ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need. Relax the brain with 10 to 15 minutes of quiet meditation or yoga each day, particularly in the evening to help switch off and sleep. And finally, try to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night. It has a dramatic effect on your emotional wellbeing, hormonal balance and even the food choices we make.”

- Women’s health expert,
Dr Catherine Hood

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#FindYourself: Your Stories

"Me time really
helps me to relax"

“Covid has increased my pain and sleeplessness leading to a sense of loss about who I am.

I feel constantly tired with no interest in anything. I find self pampering, me time, really helps me to relax and feel a bit more like myself.”

- Jocelyn

"Anxiety affects me daily"

“Anxiety affects me daily and sometimes I feel lost which affects my mood and sleep. I find mediation and yoga have been amazing for me.”

- Aimee

"I would try anything to have an unbroken night’s sleep."

“A lack of sleep most nights leads to a feeling of complete exhaustion by the end of the day. I would try anything to have an unbroken night’s sleep. Fitness classes really help me to keep awake and stay focused.”

- Karen

"my daughter has
been very supportive!"

“I feel tired and struggle with a lot of daytime activities but my daughter has been very supportive and inspiring.”

- Monika

"I knew things
had to change"

“When you’re a busy mum who is always on-the-go, with a demanding job and a busy household,  you end up getting no time for yourself. I also suffer badly from insomnia and it changes you as a person. You’re always stressed, you’re less tolerant and your energy levels are so low that the last thing you want to do is play with the kids, or do something fun with your husband. I knew things had to change. 

A pharmacy friend recommended trying Dragonfly CBD oil. It’s had such a positive impact on my life and I can honestly say that I now have a spring in my step spring. It feels good to be me again.”

- Hannah, 44

"I’m starting to feel like my old self again"

“Balancing 2 young children under the age of 10, home schooling fulltime, plus worrying about the impact of Covid on my Mum was really stressful. I just become a lot more anxious about everything.

Running and being able to see friends again has really helped pull it round and I’m starting to feel like my old self again.”

- Jen

"Some days my anxiety
and lack of sleep are overwhelming."

“I can’t really remember what normal is.
Some days my anxiety and lack of sleep are overwhelming.

My Mum helps rationalise things when I start to spiral, and also going to the gym.”

- Amber

"I just didn't
feel like me!"

“I’m a busy Mum with four boys. Even though the kids are older, my sleep patterns have never returned to normal from when they were little. I’m surviving on 4-5 hrs a night and I can really feel it. I feel fuzzy, lack energy, get bad mood swings and definitely pick-up more bugs.  I just didn’t feel like me! 

Very recently I trialled Dragonfly CBD at night after a friend recommended it and found I’m getting back to my old self. “

- Becky, 44

"reading a good book helps me to relax"

“I find lack of sleep really affects my mood and sometimes I can feel lost.

I find reading a good book helps me to relax and talking to my Auntie – she’s a great comfort to me.”

- Kerry

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