Fear can manifest in many ways. That part of the human brain that is equipped to be cool and focused can be dominated by panic, fear, suspicion and irrationality due to the threat of the unknown.
Therefore it is not surprising that when the deadly virus that causes Ebola broke loose, humans across the globe were horrified by the onslaught of this disease threatening to become an epidemic. In the past, a mere handful of cases were reported coming out of Africa and there was little coverage at that time, unlike today's social media feeding the blaze. In addition, the coverage of medical personal wearing garments alike to space suits, more in the realm of fantasy than reality, was enough to "spook" the calmest of people. Even the reports being announced worldwide that Ebola is difficult to catch, transmitted only by contact with bodily fluids, did little to arrest the ever increasing shock waves.
A professor of psychology states that it is human to react in a way that "when we have a victim, we will be looking for an evil entity to blame for the suffering".
Reactions, illogical as they may be are nothing new to mankind. For years we have been prepped up by health officials and the media.
Europeans, in the 14th century blamed the plague [black death] on astronomical events and on climate events. But as it is tricky to blame the stars they then targeted the Jews, even attacking their villages.
Again in the 1800's when cholera hit New York City, a former mayor blamed Irish and German immigrants. Religion then blamed the 2010 Haitian earthquake due to "a pact with the devil" and Hurricane Katrina could be attributed to "divine retribution for the USA attack on Iraq"!
Sometimes fear is not only understandable but actually useful. During the Ebola outbreak, thousands of helpers channelled fear into taking positive action and became incredibly meticulous regarding infection control.
Regarding fear and panic, the brain does the brunt of the processing then the entire body is involved to create a response.
Memory plays a vital role too and according to experts we have different neural pathways. Remembering a day out at the beach is entirely different from the memory of being caught up in a robbery for instance. Traumatic memories will cause brain cells to be hypersensitive for weeks.
The downside of fear is that it harms our bodies by activating glands that pump out adrenaline thereby increasing heart beat, unnecessary sweating, breathlessness , dry mouth and trembling.
There are dozens of ways to control fear but an excellent remedy is to breathe in and out slowly in a rhythmic manner. Uncontrolled imagination is a nesting ground for anxiety. On a personal level, thinking back, half or little of what was imagined, never did have the expected negative outcome!!
Some experts believe that accepting one's fear head-on will have an outcome of dissipating or diluting the fear.
Finally, nothing calms the nerves like a steady but gentle and rhythmic massage . MATSIMELA supplies a wealth of spas, salons and wellness centres country wide with the ideal products for combatting this state of mind.