This year has had significant impact on the United States and the world; emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. We are finally getting through the holidays and are beginning to plan for the new year. As we spend more time this holiday season with family and friends remember that holidays themselves become stressful. Here are some things that should help with that stress load.
Remember that everything does not need to be perfect.
Plan for time to take care of you, this includes planned walks, meditation, yoga or exercise.
Don’t take things too seriously.
Remember your family knows where all the buttons are to push. Don’t give them that control by not responding to them. You know your buttons too!
Lastly remember that life is too short to not find something to laugh or smile about. Smile, take a deep breath. We survived the Beatles and Elvis we will survive the holidays!
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Things to do to help reduce after trauma issues like PTSD;
Seek out support from other people, such as friends and family
Find a support group after a traumatic event
Learn to feel good about one’s own actions in the face of danger
Having a positive coping strategy, or a way of getting through the bad event and learn from it
Be able to act and respond effectively despite feeling fear.
As a non-profit organization, Mainstream Mental Health’s goal is to foster a commitment to young people and veterans that will promote a pro-social attitude towards mental health resources, thus creating a pathway for mental health services, while providing a sense of hope for the future.
In our lifetime 1 in 4 Americans will meet the requirements for a mental health diagnosis. The Department of U.S. Veterans Affairs reported that 22 veterans take their own life every day. A growing number of young people are either falling through the cracks due to an inability to afford mental health care or the social stigma that is associated with mental health issues deters them from seeking help. Regardless, they are not getting the help they need.
When these individuals finally do get help, it is often at a time of great tragedy or it is too late altogether. The VA is an example of a mental health failure in our society. Currently the average wait for a veteran to see a therapist for the first time is 130 day, and a week ago I talked with a veteran from Atlanta who had to schedule his appointment out 13 months. Nothing can guarantee tragedies will never happen again but society is not doing enough.
We want to change this!