One common concern I'm repeatedly hearing is that folks think treatment will somehow make things worse. PTSD is a disorder that worsens over time, and the more that you avoid dealing with it, the worse it becomes and the longer it lasts. With that said, the symptoms of avoidance can be the very symptoms maintaining your PTSD and preventing you from taking the leap into getting help you need.
Hello and happy Sunday!
I challenge you to go out and do a good deed today! It can be something for yourself, for another person, for the environment, for your pet, or society as a whole. It can be something big or little. Not only will you create positive change around you, but you'll feel great about yourself. Doing something for yourself or someone else is sure to boost your mood and create a positive ripple effect. Need some ideas? Here's a few:
take a walk
watch a favorite movie
treat yourself to your favorite coffee
for another person:
hold a door
let someone merge in front of you in traffic
pay for someone’s food behind you in line
write a thank-you card (and mail it)
sincerely compliment someone
make a meal for a neighbor
for the environment:
plant a tree
pick up litter
change light bulbs to more efficient ones
bike or take public transportation, even if it's just every once in a while
for your pet:
walk your dog
buy them a special treat at the pet store
spend extra time petting your dog or cat
adopt from a local animal rescue
for society as a whole:
donate to a local food pantry or homeless shelter
volunteer your time
donate school supplies
Whatever it is that you choose to do, my hope is that you notice the immediate benefits as you create positive change in your world. I'd love to hear examples of good deeds you've done!
If you have been feeling down, sad, or anxious, music can be very powerful in invoking new, positive emotions and can help you to feel better. This can be particularly helpful if dealing with PTSD symptoms and helping you to practice self-care.
We hear the term “PTSD” often, but what is PTSD? Here’s the breakdown of the trauma that can lead to PTSD and its related symptoms.
For Self-Care Sunday, today we focus on Gratitude. Gratitude is a game changer. This little practice alone is shown to improve mood, decrease depression, and have lasting positive effects. This is helpful if you have PTSD or not.