Today is the first day of spring, so it started with low temperatures. Not as low as a couple of days ago when the car computer was warning us to be aware of black ice, but low. The lockdown regulations have had to be thrown out the window in Kumeu yesterday after 200mm of rain (six inches for the Imperial people) fell in 24 hours, and the surf life savers had to get their rubber boats from the beachers — a good hour’s drive away in most times — so they could rescue people. I was pleased to see this on NewsTalk ZB, the largest talk radio programme in NZ.
This lockdown feels tougher, and we’re right to feel deflated by it, our lockdowns are stricter than Australia’s. In Melbourne you can still meet up for coffee with people outside your bubble, exercise with someone outside of your bubble, go out for takeaways, coffees, flowers.
My girlfriend in Sydney says basically most businesses are considered essential and are therefore open, the same mixing of bubbles applies, and there’s more movement. That’s arguably why it’s spreading faster, but it pays to remember their lockdown is not our lockdown, so we are rightly feeling the pinch of our super strict Level 4 rules.
Some say the mental health shadow pandemic will be bigger than the Covid one.
In Australia it already is. There are 342 young people a week in Victoria being admitted to hospital for mental health issues, 40 kids a day in New South Wales. It’s tough.
Anxiety levels are through the roof, isolation is triggering all sorts of feelings, as is loss of income and fear. Add to that increased alcohol or drug use, more sedentary behaviour, lack of socialisation and you have the recipe for a plethora of mental health issues.
For parents at this time, it’s super stressful too because on top of all your own worries, you’re worried about your kids as well.
So how do we keep our mental health in good shape during this uncertain time? Funnily enough, the answers to good mental health often lie in good physical health.
Experts say good nutrition, getting good amounts of exercise, sunshine and Vitamin D are all key. Limiting alcohol consumption is another good idea – easier said than done for many at this time I know, but also, staying active.
Knowing all this stuff often doesn’t make it any easier to do it, especially when we’re stressed or anxious, but it’s good to know that we can build resilience even when we don’t feel like it.Kate Hawkesby.
At level 3, where most of NZ is, you cannot meet up with your friends, you cannot exercise with others, and you can only get coffee, flowers, food etc by queuing at the coffee shop or takeaway and by non contact delivery. This is tighter than most other countries full lockdowns, and it is one step down — the joke is that it is “level 4 with KFC”. There is now concerns about a prison guard having COVID and spreading it where he works — he lives in level 4 and works in level 3.
The anxiety about this — which is disproportionate — starts with the PM. She should take advice from the leader of the opposition.
Ardern also told RNZ on Tuesday she lies awake at night, thinking about how the outbreak might have happened and shares her theories the next day with Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.
Collins said she doesn’t think about anything at night, and just goes to sleep – recommending Ardern do the same because “there’s no point”.
“I think if you’re worried about something then either deal with it or accept that you can’t change it. There’s no point worrying, lying awake all night thinking about where the outbreak’s come in.”NewsHub
Not that the press are helping. They are abusing anyone who questions the narrative of a PM who needs to step back and start sleeping. Her tame press are not kind.
Ms Boucher’s Stuff is a pack of pitt bull terriers ready to savage anyone in a public spotlight who dares challenge the Jacinda party line and so keep coming the big handouts of Taxpayer money. And a District Councillor is as good a target as any for Ms Boucher’s money-motivated malevolence.
It was to be expected that the paid Vaccine Sales Force would ridicule any critical/sceptical observations about the rushed experimental treatments touted as vaccines by their Big Pharma manufacturers — there’s billions of dollars involved. Unsurprisingly, a few of them have shown up as commentators on here; although the only one with the courage to use her real name has been Marie O’Sullivan; the rest have used numerous fake names on various platforms.
But there is a big difference between that and public pillorying by Stuff which, despite its rapidly shrinking readership, is still significant as an opinion influencer.The BFD
Statcounter has rolled over my data this month, so the long term data is now missing. In part this is due to the traffic. I had 10.7 page views and 6K visits last month. Matomo had 13.6 K page views and 7.1 K visits.
The most common pages were as below. As Hearthie commented yesterday, rants are popular. Rants are also not that good for me.