June 4th, 2020

Episode #78

Getting Back to Normal

On this episode of LB120, Mark and Dr. Gladden cover the topic of “Getting Back to Normal”.  The talk about getting out of your home and getting back on track.  One of the concepts they discuss is that of Self-Nudging:  the tendency of people to easily fall into a comfort zone and avoid things that require effort – such as exercising.  They explain the importance of changing your environment to encourage a healthier lifestyle and associated behaviors

Next, they explore the question: “What is My Risk to still contract COVID 19?”  They reveal that possible future infection depends on the length of exposure to the virus in high contact areas such as a public bathroom or being in close proximity in a crowd.  They share that if you are already immune to the virus, you can get back to work, but above all – be responsible.

They close by discussing the metal health cost of the COVID 19 pandemic.  They address the effects of life events, such as losing a job or losing a home, and how that can drive a person into drug addiction, domestic violence or even suicide.  They talk about the importance of humans “becoming humans again” and how getting the world back to normalcy will help combat the negative mental effects of the pandemic.