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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 10:10 AM

Why your brain is having difficulty making plans right now, according to a neuroscientist


(Salon) For the last month or so, I've desperately struggled with what I've termed as "planning paralysis," this feeling that I can't put anything on the calendar because everything around me feels like one big question mark. While at the beginning of the pandemic, I assuaged my stress by packing my free time with activities Zoom happy hours and virtual fitness classes my schedule is now marked in new increments; instead of days and hours, it's project recipe bake times and Netflix releases.

With election day steadily approaching, my pandemic, personal and political anxiety are due for a high-speed collision, and as a result, my brain balks at putting anything on paper after Nov. 3. And I'm not alone.

Lauren Krouse and her partner are both freelance writers, and they moved to Virginia to serve as caregivers for her grandmother right before the novel coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

"Since then, [my grandmother] has relocated to South Carolina to live with another family member for a while, and we're now in the middle of a small town in Virginia house-sitting for her," Krouse said. "We've considered saving up and buying a house, but that just seems too risky with the impact of COVID on the economy, real estate, and publishing."

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The same concept is applicable for humans, and when stressed, it can be easy for some people to fixate on or overemphasize the potential for loss in the decision-making equation. That may look like putting off a honeymoon, a big purchase or even just flipping to the mid-November section of your calendar because there's the fear that the world will just step on your plans (what's that old truism man plans, and COVID laughs?) and you'll have to deal with feelings of disappointment and frustration. ...........(more)

https://www.salon.com/2020/10/30/covid-plans-decision-making-brain-neuroscience/




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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 10:12 AM

1. Everyone I know feels paralyzed now, myself included.

It is as though I am indefinitely holding my breath. The fact is that even a successful Nov 3 outcome will not let me exhale.

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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 10:19 AM

2. I want to change my primary care

Doctor so I have been putting it off,until after the 3rd,if trump (not likely)wins. If he wins I know I will have a very small window of time to get my healthcare taken care of and will have to find a way to get my medicines...

considering the asshole rethugs will fuck with Social Security / SSI / SSDI and Medicaid/ Medicare.

Just because they like and want the people emotionally wore down and suffering and financially stressed and freaking out until , people are willing to work for slave wages or be slaves. To be able to eat and be out of the cold

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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 10:22 AM

3. I agree I am frozen in whether to sell a I home inherited or take a loan and covert it to a duplex

Between the election and the pandemic I am paralyzed with fear.

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