ATTACK ANXIETY: 5 WAYS TO MINIMIZE PTSD
PTSD is difficult no matter how mentally strong you are. Therefore, attack anxiety like a plague. Fight it with everything you’ve got.
Why? Because it changes the way your brain processes certain information.
Despite the disadvantage, there are things we can do to equip ourselves for daily life. A way to trick our mind back into normalcy.
Over the past six months, I’ve learned a lot about living with PTSD. I do not have PTSD, but a loved one does. Therefore, the learning curve is shortened.
Saturday I volunteered with Motorcycle Missions in Austin during the annual OP Veterans opening. I’m happy to announce $5500 was raised in support of the mission.
Such a blessing. These funds will be used to directly support service members and first responders.
Motorcycle Missions creates alternative activates for service members and first responders suffering from PTSD. BUT, they use a different medium than most. Motorcycles.
Why mention the event? At the end four men read stories of people who committed suicide. Two, fathers of men who died.
We are all here to help. The American people, especially myself or the above mentioned organizations, don’t want even one more service member lost to suicide.
The number of service members who lose their struggle daily.
Twenty-two is too many.
Too many who lost hope and left feeling like there was nowhere to turn. Feeling no one cared.
I don’t want you to ever feel that way. Therefore, I’ve included 5 steps to assist you in attaching anxiety. A way to improve your life today.
1. Follow your treatment plan
a. This sound obvious, but many do not comply with doctor’s orders. It’s hard to let go of control over your own life. Initially you may feel treatment isn’t helping. Give yourself time to adjustment. Any change is hard.
b. Difficulties adjusting to your new life will arise. Ensure you have someone to lean on. Don’t feel bad and don’t apologize. We all need someone. You are no different.
2. Stay Connected
a. Surround yourself with genuine individuals. Find true friends. Hard choices will be made. You may decide between your health and a lifelong friend. Choose wisely.
b. Caring individuals can make or break your success. Let these people help you now. Later, help them in whatever way you can.
c. Especially if you feel bad, force yourself to communicate. Even a phone call. Doesn’t have to extravagant. But please, refrain from isolation.
d. The urge to isolate yourself will further your fears of hopelessness. Do your best to let in those who love you. Do so in whatever way you is comfortable at the time.
e. Ask friends to be respectful of boundaries. Whether it be no drinking, hugging, partying or loud noises. Acclimate yourself in a way you feel comfortable.
3. Educate yourself
a. Understanding how PTSD works in essential in progress. Because it changes the way your mind process information, it is detrimental you learn to re-process what PTSD has taken. Be methodical. Learn with intention. Attack that which attacks you. Fight for you life. You deserve it.
b. While educating yourself, educate others. Fight the urge to lash out against family and friends. Equip yourself with the ability to educate instead. If there is moment of erratic behavior, go back and let them know you are trying.
c. This sounds like a lot of burden, but it really helps. Going through it with my husband it has helped him understand how things appear to us. We’ve found intention is different than outcome. Communicating helps him understand us better, and us him. Just ensure the lines of communication remain open.
4. Let go of guilt, shame or self-blame
a. These demons will rob you of happiness. We all feel them at some time in our lives, but PTSD patience do not rebound as quickly. If at all.
b. Learn from your mistakes but do not punish yourself.
i. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone.
1. Hopefully we learn from the mistake. Then move on. Try. Accept what happens, happens. Accept the learning opportunity and try your damndest not to do it again.
ii. If you trip and make the same mistake, that’s okay. What is important is progress. Look back. Did you improve? If the answer is yes, pat yourself of the back and keep going.
c. Self-blame in particular is a problem
i. Men especially, tend to be fixers. They need to take care of the people they love. If your perception is you could have stopped something, you blame yourself. But, It isn’t necessarily true.
ii. You cannot control everything. Give others responsibility for their part. Do not take all the blame when the responsibility is not all yours. If you do, you will continue to dig yourself deeper into depression.
iii. Understand your part, if any. Accept only that part and move on. Do not allow others to place blame because they cannot face it themselves.
5. Avoid reminders of the trauma
a. Understandably this can be extremely difficult. However, in order to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the stimulus needs removed.
b. Avoid loud area, locations which remind you of trauma or the specific place entirely.
i. Unfortunately, if you are still active consider getting out. The constant reminder of war coupled with ongoing conversations about war can increase your hardship. Even without realizing it at the time.
c. Avoiding reminders helps to alleviate memories, flashbacks and feelings of distress.
PTSD numbers continue to grow in America. I pray you are able to cope. That you find someone who can be there for you. If you don’t have someone, leave a comment here. I respond to every single one.
L’hitraot (See you soon),