This week, it feels that a change has taken place.
No longer are we locked away under the global terror of the virus. This week it’s about finding out what is now going to be (for a considerable time anyway) normal. Hotels, flights, even some cruises are now available but the experience will surely be different.
A dictionary definition may say that the noun normal is the usual, typical, or expected state or condition. For me there is nothing typical about wearing a face mask , nothing usual about the lack of social activity, and nothing expected about a hug being questioned in the same way as if you have just let your dog defecate on someone’s kitchen floor.
So the keys are slowly opening the lockdown doors but still many of us are without work, and without an answer of when we can return to work. It’s difficult to avoid the worry, to not think about the stress that is building as we think about the worry.
This week (episode 6) we ask how we should feel? What is it to feel normal, when we now cannot even recognize the meaning. It’s ok to feel different when everything has changed.
Our lives have been affected but if we refuse to stigmatize our mind’s well being, we are on a good path for preservation.
On this week’s show we feature Lesley Wells a clinical hypnotherapist and mindfulness coach. Also Dr Penny Blackburn is a consultant clinical psychologist who has been kind enough to provide some assistance, as we look further into mental health.
And Ben, and me well we look at how laughter might just save us, literally. The laughter may be the most important thing of all, and that’s science my friends.
Ben and David share their thoughts.