TIPS & STRATEGIES TO MANAGE ANXIETY AND STRESS FOR VETERANS - HELP FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD

At some point, anxiety and stress affect everyone, and from experience more so with those who have served in operational theatre.

Thoughts can manifest differently in different people, and the level of anxiety one experiences can vary, but there is one thing for certain: the outcome unless managed correctly can bring about levels of physical and mental paralysis, hindering you no matter how motivated and productive you are being at that given moment. 

Of course, if anxiety is affecting your everyday life and getting in the way of your daily productivity for an extended period, then the time to seek help is right now. 

Information about causes and treatment goes a long way in helping to understand anxiety and stress, but there are also some physical and mental things you can do when feeling anxious or stressed to manage your way out of the situation while you look for a permanent resolution.

Coping Strategies

Take a time-out. I know for those I’m addressing that might be hard but you can either take the proactive action now or be forced into it at a later date. Meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques – go for a walk!!!! Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head and resets the ‘present’ ready for logical and emotionally stable thinking.

Eat well-balanced meals. Avoid the temptation to jump on any fad diet or nutritional programme, keep it simple and clean (no micro meals). If you’re stuck then have a look at my book “Fat Mind, Fat Body’ available on Amazon.

Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks and really isn’t good for you. I drink and enjoy both so appreciate that saying ‘NO’ isn’t always possible.

Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest, if you have trouble sleeping then make your bedtime ritual relaxing. No technology an hour before bed and ensure your surrounding is supportive.

Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. This goes without saying…make sure that you are working towards something not just a good-looking bikini body… train with purpose beyond that of your reflection.

Remove your expectations of others; they will fail you even unintentionally. Keep yourself accountable and let others freely move without restraint.

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Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective… this maybe difficult and something for a conversation with me… 

A good laugh goes a long way; find an activity that stimulates you mentally and physically. You become more like those you mix with, so perhaps time to look at your current friends list.

Write in a journal daily and without fail. Get thoughts down on paper and set some basic and accountable tasks.

Talk to a therapist for professional help.

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