lul. The dunny paper. I saw on ebay someone trying to sella 36 pack for $3,999, lol
I try to encourage people to take Andrographis supplements. Its an natural immune system booster that really works, and great for viruses. I know its sounds a bit hippy, but look it up on google, and judge for yourself. I stopped getting the flu and bronchitus each year 15 years ago when I started taking it, whenever flu symptoms came on. My SO stopped getting sick as well.
For the Aussies, the exact product to get from your chemist is:
Panic buying toilet paper in response to the COVID-19: What is going on? Why the panic buying of toilet paper? An explanation could be:
It’s their amygdales! And, unsurprizingly, toilet paper isn’t much use to an amygdala that’s losing the plot.
It is evidence of the amount of unconscious fear held deep within people’s nervous systems. Fear that is so uncoupled from their awareness that it is being projected outwards in a hope of making them feel better…..because they are doing something….they are taking action…..any action…..at a time when they feel so out of control.
It indicates just how irrationally vulnerable our species really feels, deep down in its unconscious mind. Such behaviour is an acutely visible measure of how disempowered our species perceives itself to be.
And the irony of all of this? Escalation in fear drives the sympathetic nervous system into a frenzy. Which in turn engages the dorsal vagal complex, (DVC) to protect us from self-exploding. And one of the actions of the DVC is to disengage any biological processes that use unnecessary resources and thereby hinder ability to survive. In this context referring to the function of the gut – when we are terrified, we tend to urinate and defaecate for exactly this reason. So, a few toilet rolls might actually come in handy but not because of the effect of COVID-19 on the gut.
World leaders and the authorities must take responsibility!
We know that feelings of insecurity are one of the best explanatory factors for when people believe in conspiracy theories. When people experience something significant but lack an explanation for it, they prefer a bizarre explanation than living with the uncertainty.
Compared to preventing an epidemic, misinformation is devastating. If the people are to act appropriately, then it requires that their attention is directed to the authorities and that they have confidence in them. Conspiracy theories undermine both things. So what is the problem with the government's communication about the coronavirus?
The problem is that, in the first place, the communication does not create the necessary anxiety because the government, in unfounded fear of panic, does not present their own forecasts and figures. The problem is, secondly, that if an emotional response is created, then it has more character of uncertainty. Thus, citizens are also not given precise descriptions of the measures contained in the toolbox, and what criteria the government uses in deciding when to raise them. What happens next? The ordinary citizen does not know that.
When politicians are to create optimistic apprehension, they must focus on three things. First, they must create constructive apprehension by describing precisely what the forecasts are of an unimpeded epidemic course. It requires simple answers to questions such as: What is the expected number of infected? What is the expected number of treatment users? What is the expected number of dead? What is the national capacity for hospitalbeds and oxygen treatments? And when will the need exceed capacity?
People don't just claim the truth. They can also handle it, even if it is unpleasant. What they cannot handle is uncertainty. And if the uncertainty has to dissapear, then the government must change its communication strategy in relation to the coronavirus
People behave both calmly and rationally in crisis, and especially when the politicians show leadership. There is a great deal of research on the importance of anxiety on political behavior: Anxious individuals seek out more information; they base their political behavior more on factual information; and they are better able to change habits
In addition, research shows that the primary consequence of crises is increased solidarity. We know it ourselves when snowstorms ect closes the roads. People help each other and we smile at each other on the bus, in the supermarket ect.
But does this also apply in real crises? It does. Chinese researchers have investigated the effects of a massive earthquake in China and found that people in the devastated areas showed greater solidarity with others.
Maybe you are not in risk yourself. But what happens when you brake a leg, when you need treatment for cancer, when your grandmother gets sick ect and there are no hospitalbeds left ?
When we have to mobilize the population against the spread of coronavirus, it is crucial to speak precisely and directly to people's concerns. In doing so, people's habits are interrupted, they instinctively withdraw from others purely physically and at the same time increase their solidarity with them. It does not mean to scare people. Anxiety is necessary, but uncertainty is poison in the attempt to lead a population. Anxiety and uncertainty may be perceived as more or less synonymous, but psychologically they are vastly different.
In psychological research, for example, they speak of learned helplessness, as a description of the situation that arises when you repeatedly experience stress without knowing how to act. Then you become apathetic. Conversely, you act when you feel that you have the ability to act - even when standing in something uncomfortable. This means that crisis communication is a balancing act.
The psychological state that a political leader must try to establish, is best described as optimistic anxiety. Citizens must be anxious enough to take the advice of the authorities and optimistic enough to feel that their actions make a difference - and that is why they choose to act.
Furthermore, uncertainty must be avoided because it is the very best breeding ground for conspiracy theories and misinformation. The conspiracy theories surrounding coronavirus have already begun to flourish. Is it, in fact, a Chinese biological weapon that has run its course?
The problem is, secondly, that if an emotional response is created, then it has more character of uncertainty. Thus, citizens are also not given precise descriptions of the measures contained in the toolbox, and what criteria the government uses in deciding when to raise them.
These exercises are meant to reduce the effects of respiratory distress and illness. They are not intended as cure for Covid19/Coronavirus. Please consult your physician and get tested if you suspect you have contracted this disease.
Bruce demonstrates simple exercises that can be used to help mobilize the upper torso and combat respiratory Illness.
Traumatic patterns you may see playing out right now, individually and culturally:
- Over-reactions to perceived threat - Denial of real threat - “Them and us” mentality/ defensiveness - Scarcity mindset (eg hoarding) - Danger seeking - Black and white thinking - Increased tribalism/ racism - Increased aggression - Relationship/sexual difficulties - Psychosomatic illness - Displaced anxiety - Greater appeal of authoritarianism - Increase in addictive coping mechanisms - Apathy - see “learnt helplessness” as a concept - Addictive endless social media scrolling (rather than constructive searching for information and connection)
How is coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting you? What are the implications of “social distancing” on your relationship – especially if you’re cooped up together for weeks at a time? Or if you’re single, how can you still enjoy dating while staying safe? In this week’s episode, you’ll get some strategies for taking care of yourself amidst the epidemic, with practical advice for staying calm – connected – and HEALTHY – while we weather the storm…together. Plus a few (mostly relevant) thoughts on “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Sending so much love to you!