Happy New Year!!! Can you believe in less than 14 hours it will be 2013? Yet, didn't we have all this end of the world talk recently? Did that bother you? It didn't me. It's called being optimistic in times of pessimism.
How does one stay optimistic when dealing with PTSD and/or a TBI in a loved one who has been to war? I have found 4 very good ways that have worked for me. I will be sharing them...one at a time, over the next month on here on Mondays. The theme will be Taking Time 4 Me.
Yes, me...meaning YOU. No, it isn't selfish to take some time for you. In fact, it can help you, your veteran, your family, your health and your life in general by doing so.
Maybe you are thinking, wait, how can I possibly take time for myself? Believe it or not, there are ways. Sometimes we end up being the ones who overwhelm ourselves the most.
Tune in over the next month and I will go over four things you can do to help yourself mentally and physically with the stress of being on a PTSD journey. For now, let me leave you with this:
On Facebook, there is a wonderful little picture going around of a jar. The phrase states: This January, why not start the new year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Year's Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.
I liked that so much, I shared it as well. But I would like to add a suggestion to it that I am going to follow: Don't wait till New Year's Eve. Go over the good things that happen at the end of that month. Put them back in and add to them the next month. By reading them on a monthly (or even a weekly?) basis, you'll have that good feeling even more often.
Have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve this evening. Remember that it is normal for a combat veteran to not like being around fireworks. This mom would like to thank your veteran and you for being the wonderful and strong people that you are.
Happy New Year.